RELEASE: New Mobile Health Screening Unit Debuts December 1 at Wellston Transit Center

Bi-State Development, in partnership with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, will introduce a new Mobile Health Screening Unit on December 1. The mobile unit, called Links 2 Health, will service four Metro transit centers in North St. Louis County.

Bi-State Development through its newer not-for-profit enterprise, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, received a $940,000 federal grant to fund a pilot program to bring basic health screenings to transit riders and the communities surrounding the transit centers. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will bring the mobile unit one day a week to the Wellston Transit Center, the North Hanley Transit Center in Berkeley, the Rock Road MetroLink Station in Pagedale and the North County Transit Center in Ferguson.

Health assessments, blood pressure screenings and diabetes screening for adults age 18 and older are among the basic screenings that will be provided at no charge.  Adults in need will be provided assistance in applying for health insurance and making primary care appointments for follow-up. The funding for the Links 2 Health program comes from in the form of a Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). One of just 19 awarded in 16 states and the only one awarded in Missouri, the grants support programs that help connect people to much-needed health care services through improved access to public transportation.

When:           Friday, December 1, at 10 a.m.          

Where:          Wellston Transit Center
6342 Plymouth Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63133

What:            Ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the launch of a new program featuring a mobile health screening unit that will be operated at four Metro transit centers in North St. Louis County

Who:            Mokhtee Ahmad, Region 7 Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration

                       John Nations, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development

                       John Wagner, Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute

                       Ray Friem, Executive Director of Metro Transit

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