Flu mobile medical unit to visit Supply on Dec. 11

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A fourth year of funding for ECU’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) will mean new ways for seniors in eastern North Carolina to access health care.

The first ECU/Goshen Medical and flu mobile medical unit will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 100 Varnamtown Road in Supply. Goshen will bill insurance for patients who are insured. Walgreens will provide free flu vaccines for those without insurance. Walgreens will provide flu vaccines for those with insurance and insurance will be billed.

Initially funded by a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, GWEP was approved for a fourth year and an additional $880,387. Now entering its third year of providing community-based education through health screenings of farmers, loggers and fishermen, GWEP also provides important interprofessional education to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical students as they work together in treating patients. The grant focus is primary care service for those 55 or older.

Mohamed Aboemeara is providing free flu vaccines for the uninsured, plenty of extra supplies for those with insurance and the pharmacist to administer the vaccines.

Goshen will provide mobile medical unit staff and Debra Kosko will be present in the morning to assure things are getting off to a good start. Their plan is to return to Varnamtown every two to four weeks and would appreciate community input.