2013 Annual Forum Highlights
MHCA members welcomed two outstanding "champions" of mobile healthcare opening the 2013 Annual Forum - Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD from the California 36th District and Olga Carrillo, former client of COACH for Kids at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Both speakers spoke passionately about their past history with mobile clinics - Congressman Ruiz working on The Family Van as a student at Harvard Medical School and Olga as a client seeking urgent care for her infant daughter. Each made a commitment to continue their support for the vital services being provided by mobile health clinics for underserved peoples and explore ways for collaborating with MHCA in the future.
In Olga's own inspirational words - "Hope (for a brighter future) is the only thing you"ve got when you are at your lowest. (In sharing my story) I want to bring hope to the hopeless." Olga's journey from homelessness to her current endeavors in healthcare and academics was a wonderful reminder to everyone at the Forum of why we (in mobile healthcare) are dedicated to our work regardless of limited funding and staff, challenging weather conditions, or logistical hurdles. Serving those most in need and helping them to walk a healthy path - it's what we do.
The Forum was attended by a record 250 who enhanced their knowledge and skills for operating a mobile clinic by participating in training courses, workshops and mentoring sessions presented by over 40 speakers. Featured general sessions focused on strategies for marketing and social media, building innovative partnerships, emergency/crisis management, and preparing for healthcare reform. For a more hands on experience, eight health specialty vehicles were on display to tour and learn more about the latest technology in building a mobile clinic.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this conference. The topics were very informative – exciting changes are in the making and MHCA continues to keep us in the loop." YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS CELEBRATING THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANNUAL FORUM IN 2014!