The S.H.O.W. Mobile is a 38-foot mobile health center outfitted with medical equipment. The vehicle, which is handicapped accessible, includes a medical exam area, a full dental suite, an office area, a lab and a restroom. Federal funding for the program was made possible by a request from Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, who championed the project in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Southeast’s clinical partner, SEMO Health Network, based in Sikeston, Mo., provides comprehensive, quality primary health care for patients in medically underserved rural communities. It strives to meet the health care needs of a significantly at-risk population in six clinics located in the six counties of the Missouri Bootheel -- New Madrid, Scott, Stoddard, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot -- that have little or no access to services.
The mobile unit travels to school sites while schools are in session, providing children in grades K-6 with dental exams, fluoride varnish, basic preventive and restorative services.
The Bootheel area is considered a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area as well as a Medically Underserved Area. Follow-up appointments for more extensive dental work will be scheduled at the nearest federally qualified health center or private provider chosen by the parent.
Patients are served on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of their ability to pay, and a sliding fee scale is offered to all uninsured and underinsured patients. In addition, the unit’s staff will handle billing most private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare at the time of service.
SEMO Health Network provides the professional staff for the S.H.O.W. Mobile.
Kevin DeArman serves as the S.H.O.W. Mobile driver and Program Manager. Besides driving and maintaining the mobile unit, DeArman functions as a Rural Health Outreach Specialist and works directly with the clients and the healthcare service providers. Contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org