UMMC's Community Outreach Van Hits the Streets for Health

For immediate release:


Karen Warmkessel | 410-328-8919

Van Offers Health Screenings and Education

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) turned a used recreational vehicle into its community outreach van to take health screenings and education to the community.

The primary goal of the van is to connect health resources to residents in the West Baltimore communities. UMMC conducted a formal Community Health Needs Assessment as required by the new Health Care Reform Act, and identified priorities in the city, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, maternal and child health, injury prevention, infection prevention and access to care.

UMMC’s mobile education services include:

  • Diabetes awareness
  • Heart-healthy lifestyle
  • Stroke prevention
  • Tobacco-prevention and cessation resources
  • Weight management

UMMC’s mobile screenings will include (with referrals as needed):

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI) calculation
  • Cardiac risk
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes risk
  • HIV (upon request)
  • Stroke risk

Departments and community organizations interested in utilizing the van for wellness screenings should contact Mariellen Synan at