Indianapolis (Wish) — IndyGO Wellness in Transit program continues.
The pilot program is now permanent at the Julia Carson Transit Center downtown. On Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm, people can find the Mobile Genesaret Free Clinic parked along Washington Street.
Access and cause are major barriers for people. Representatives say the clinic will provide a safety net while maintaining privacy.
IndyGo Bus Service Spokesperson Carrie Black said: We are committed to bringing our services together and improving the overall health of our riders. ”
In May, IndyGo launched a pilot program in high-traffic areas.
Teresa Patterson, Executive Director of Genesaret, said the agency “asked if people would actually do roadside health care and we proved they did.”
The six-month pilot involved more than 300 clients, treated 124 patients, presented 90 prescriptions, and distributed dozens of free shoes, socks, gloves, and more.
“The need is here. Not only is it here, but the need is strong,” Black said.
Gennesaret has been serving Indianapolis for 30 years, and part of its mission is to improve healthcare access for Hoosiers on limited incomes and non-English speakers who need medical assistance.
“Part of what we’re trying to do is remove barriers, so we need to have no barriers or as low as possible,” Patterson said. “You don’t have to have insurance. We’re a non-reporting agency, so we don’t need any kind of identification. If you don’t want to tell us who you are, who are you?” You don’t have to tell us what
Clinics operate as typical emergency care, but volunteer health workers provide care and provide antibiotics and other medications to treat chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
“I believe health care is a human right,” Patterson said.
Organizers say an extensive referral network is available if visitors are unable to find help at mobile clinics.