Southeast Missouri State University and the SEMO Health Network are joining forces to provide mobile health services to rural areas of the Show-Me-State.
University and health care officials along with Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson announced the new partnership Friday in Cape Girardeau. The 38-foot mobile health center known as Southeast Health On Wheels or the "SHOW Mobile" will provide medical and dental services to New Madrid, Scott, Stoddard, Mississippi, Dunklin, and Pemiscot Counties in southeast Missouri.
A pilot project began last month. It is focusing on care for school children. The SHOW Mobile will visit school sites and provide dental exams, fluoride treatments, and basic preventive services. Officials with SEMO Health Network say the Bootheel area has a shortage of dental professionals as well as being a medically underserved region.
The SHOW Mobile began operating in the summer of 2006.