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New mobile clinic brings physical, mental health care to at-risk Ottawans

"A new clinic on wheels hopes to make it easier and more comfortable for some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable citizens to access health care by bringing primary medical and mental health services directly to them.

The mobile clinic — a partnership between Ottawa Inner City Health, the city’s public health agency, three other local health centres and TELUS — aims to break down some of the barriers that people struggling with homelessness and addictions face in the medical system, including stigma and distrust of health professionals.

When its doors are open, the custom-designed van is staffed with a nurse practitioner, a mental health nurse and a psychiatrist. That team is also supported by “peers” with lived experience, who will help connect people who need care to the mobile clinic and build their trust."


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