LOGAN – A motor home and new app are the newest additions to the Bear River Health Department this year. That’s the word from staff member Jill Parker who presented the annual report at Tuesday’s Cache County Council meeting.
The motor home will be used a mobile clinic to visit communities in Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.
“If you live in Snowville you won’t have to drive in for immunizations and then drive in for WIC and then drive in for something else,” Parker said. “We’ll actually be able to take those services out into the community.”
Parker said the mobile clinic can be used in many other ways such as a place to go if there is a disaster in any of the three counties.
Parker said the app brings the Health Department into the 21st century.
“Following the flooding last year we were wishing we had a way to communicate with constituents besides using Twitter and Facebook,” she said. “We have a booklet. They are emergency preparedness booklets that we get asked by multiple cities and towns to provide, and now that is available on the app. We are also able to do push notifications if you opt for that. So if there was an exposure of some kind, if we were to have a measles outbreak again, we’d be able to educate the community using the app.”
She said the mission of the Bear River Health Department is to assess, evaluate and influence health and well-being through program delivery, community involvement and individual intervention.