Community Care Vans

Our Community Care Vans are designed to expand access to health care services across the diverse communities in the Greater Boston area served by Mass General Brigham.

Beginning in Summer 2022, Mass General Brigham will re-launch the Community Care Vans to bring a broad menu of services, including screenings and interventions for chronic health issues like hypertension, diabetes, and substance use disorders. The Community Care Vans, originally deployed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, are staffed with multilingual and multicultural clinicians and support staff to better connect with the communities served by Mass General Brigham.

In January of 2021, Mass General Brigham launched a fleet of Community Care Vans in our local communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing COVID testing, vaccines, and reliable health information to patients and residents. Information and resources were provided in a variety of languages along with care kits containing items like masks and hand sanitizer. As of May 2022, the Community Care Vans had administered more than 17,900 vaccines to community residents. To address social determinants of health, patients are screened for issues related to housing, access to healthy food, and personal safety, and connected with relevant resources.

Now, as COVID-19 transitions from an acute pandemic to a more endemic state, the Mass General Brigham Community Care Vans will also evolve to meet people where they are.

New Care Offerings in Summer 2022

  • Hypertension and diabetes: screening, including blood pressure readings, lipid and A1C levels testing and physical activity assessments, and referrals for physician follow-ups
  • Substance use disorder: screening, treatment program referrals and recovery coaching

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