Banner Children's Healthmobile offers care for kids who need it most

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PHOENIX -- The Banner Children's Healthmobile is a licensed outpatient treatment center that will operate just like a mobile doctor's office, offering children up to 21 years of age treatment for health problems, physicals for camp or sports, and routine annual check-ups.

The mobile clinic complements Banner Health's School-Based Health Centers, which treated about 2,500 patients for free at Valley campuses in 2011. These centers have become a necessity for uninsured and underinsured children in the Phoenix Metropolitan area by providing exceptional medical treatment.

Operating costs of the mobile clinic and school-based centers are covered solely through philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the community.

"The Banner Children's Healthmobile enables us to further support our local communities and hospitals, providing more convenience for parents who've had to travel long distances for treatment," said Megan Christopherson, children's health and wellness senior manager for Banner Health.

Children from across the Valley can visit the mobile clinic for concerns ranging from allergies to  earaches to neurological conditions. A parent or guardian must be present. The medical staff includes a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse who will help children and families learn about common health conditions and where they can find additional resources.

Walk-ins are accepted at the mobile clinic, but reservations are preferred. To make a reservation, call 480-412-6344.

For more information about ways to support the School-Based Health Center program or the Banner Children's Healthmobile, contact Banner Health Foundation at 602-747-GIVE (4483).

The clinic can provide uninsured and underinsured patients with medication-assistance program applications to help obtain allergy medications that are prescribed to manage their allergies. There also are specialists that are available for a small fee co-pay so these children have the ability to see a specialist if needed.

The team also can recommend over-the-counter medications or prescribe from a less expensive formulary to help these families be able to afford the daily medication to manage their allergies.