“Big Blue” is the nickname for the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 38-foot mobile medical unit that takes care to the homeless and at-risk youth on the streets of central Arizona.
In the fall of 2000, an innovative partnership was formed between Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Fund and HomeBase Youth Services. The result was named the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 35-foot Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) that brought free, comprehensive medical help directly to this special population. In October 2007, the Crews’n Healthmobile II hit the streets. This 38-foot MMU is outfitted with three exam rooms and the latest technology.
All services are free, including immunizations, examinations, dispensing of medications, treatment for illnesses and infections, minor surgical procedures, health education, mental health and health risk screening, and referrals for psychiatric, vision, radiological and dental services.
Street outreach services are also provided by the Crews’n staff. Basic hygiene supplies, food, water, socks, shoes, clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, bus tickets and educational information are distributed.
Referrals for housing, food, GED, substance abuse, employment, obtaining identification, legal services and health insurance are also provided.