72: Mobile Research Laboratory

Project Description from submission form

About 2% of the US population is chronically infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), with rates much higher in marginalized or impoverished populations. Most with chronic infections experience slight or no symptoms for the first few decades of infection. This leads to the unfortunate situation that even though effective treatment exists for HCV (95% of cases clear with treatment), most with the virus do not know they are infected and therefore do not seek treatment. Chronic infection over long periods of time can be quite serious, leading to cirrhosis or liver cancer.

We are proposing the purchase of mobile medical laboratory and clinic which we can use to expand our operations, to test homeless populations and others for HCV as well as provide other healthcare services free of charge to all.  It is envisioned that the mobile facility would be equipped with 2 exam rooms, a waiting area, a restroom, medical equipment, computer, WiFi connectivity, and a power generator.   This will allow more people in Athens-Clarke County to make use of our free services and will allow us to screen for HCV more widely, without requiring them to make the trip to our brick and mortar facility.

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$469,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
The Athens Nurses' Clinic will pay for the fuel and all other operating costs for this project.   

Project Presentation Video

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