Crews'n Healthmobile













































































Program Overview

On the Crews’n Healthmobile, you will be assisting the on-board medical team in delivering healthcare to an extremely vulnerable population.  The Healthmobile caters to homeless youth, located either in homeless shelters without medical facilities or right out on the street. The clinic was started by Dr. Randy Christensen, who wrote a book about his experience starting the clinic (Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them).

The clinic-on-wheels is led by Dr. Lara Yoblonski, and is staffed with medical practitioners, nurses, and case managers from Phoenix Children's Hospital. Services include the full spectrum of a "medical home," such as:

  • Full examinations and well-child care
  • Immunizations
  • Dispensing of medications
  • Treatment of STIs
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Health education
  • Referrals to sub-specialists if needed
  • Counseling

Important Note: In order to volunteer, students must obtain a Phoenix Children's Hospital ID Badge. To obtain one, please contact Bridget Ralston (bralston@email.arizona.edu) or Steven Allen at Phoenix Children’s Hospital by calling him at (602)933-0778 or emailing at sallen5@phoenixchildrens.com


Students participate by either shadowing Pediatricians or Pediatric/Med-Peds residents at many different sites.  The UMOM site is the only non-mobile clinic that students will visit. Otherwise, students will be at the mobile clinic (the clinic in the RV).  Students typically shadow for 3-4 hours.  There is no required orientation for this program.

 Health Centers


Children First Academy (CFA)

1648 S 16th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Nicholas Transitional Living Center (NTLC)

931 E. Devonshire

Phoenix, AZ 85014

Tumbleweed Learning Center (TWLC)

1950 W Heatherbrae

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Tumblweed Drop-In Center (TWDI)

1641 E. McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ 85006

Tempe Youth Resource Center (Tempe)

17 E 7th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Watkins Temporary Shelter (WS)

1120 W Watkins St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007

UMOM New Day Shelter (UMOM)

**THIS IS AN ON-SITE CLINIC, NOT HEALTHMOBILE!**

3333 E Van Buren Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85008

1in10

3660 N 3rd St

Phoenix, AZ 85012


Please visit the sign-up sheet to schedule time at any of these health centers.


What do I need to wear to the clinic?

For clinic, please wear business casual. No white coat. Please wear PCH medical student ID and closed-toe shoes at all times.


What if I need to cancel a shift?

If you are unable to attend a shift you signed up for, please remove yourself from the Sign up Sheet (see above link). Please remove yourself as soon as possible so others may sign up.  It reflects poorly on CHIP students if the health center is expecting a student who does not attend their shift. Please remember that if you sign up for a shift and neglect to cancel or find someone to take your place at least 24 hours in advance, you will be docked that number of hours. Please email Bridget Ralston (bralston@email.arizona.edu) at least 24 hours before your scheduled shift if there is a problem.


Program Leadership


Bridget Ralston - bralston@email.arizona.edu

 



Shift Schedule contact: Jennifer Farabaugh - jFarabaugh@phoenixchildrens.com

Physician contact: Dr. Lara Yoblonski - lyoblonski@phoenixchildrens.com

Learning Objectives

1. Comprehend the cultural, financial and social influences on health care in a pediatric clinic. 

2. Students will observe history taking and physical exam on the pediatric patient and may assist to the extent that the daily staff allows. 

3. Practice and perfect the knowledge and skills obtained in the Doctoring curriculum while providing respectful and effective patient care. 

4. Appreciate the variety of interview and exam techniques required in working with at-risk youth and adolescents. 

5. Appreciate the privilege and necessity to represent themselves and our institution in a professional, respectful manner.