The Community Care-A-Van launched in October 2019 to transport registered nurses to two partner sites in Milwaukee to provide education, help in navigating community resources and provide free preventive medical services, such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing and vision screenings to community residents. The Community Care-A-Van is sponsored by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Care-A-Van nurses provide services at United Methodist Children’s Services and the Greater Galilee Baptist Church Greater Life Community Center every week. Residents in these neighborhoods have several health disparities, including access to transportation, and are frequent emergency department users, making the Care-A-Van a much-needed resource in the community. Educating residents on preventable health conditions is a dream job for Tierra Hoard, BSN, RN. “I knew I wanted to be in the community,” she said. “I want to see a healthier Milwaukee.”