NYITCOM at A-State receives grant for 'Delta Care-a-van'

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A medical college has received a major federal grant for a mobile medical clinic to provide care this summer in underserved areas.

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) announced Monday a total award of $828,748 from the USDA for what's called a "Delta Care-a-van."

"The Delta Care-a-van program will allow us to remove several of the obstacles to health care that have prevented local residents from receiving the health services and education they deserve and need," said Shane Speights, D.O. and NYITCOM at A-State dean, as part of the announcement.

The effort comes in collaboration with the A-State College of Nursing and Health Professions, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northeast Family Medicine Residency Program, and St. Bernards Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program.

According to NYITCOM, the mobile clinic is equipped with two examination rooms and telemedicine technology. In addition, it will offer a training program for medical students.

Later this summer, the Delta Care-a-van will make stops in Harrisburg, Leachville, Lepanto, Manila, Piggott, Walnut Ridge, and Marked Tree.

NYITCOM states the mobile clinic will also collect data on multiple health topics such as diabetes and prenatal care to "measure performance levels and determine strategies for improving patient outcomes."

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