The M.O.V.E.S (Medical – Outreach – Veterinary – Essential – Support) mobile unit made its first outing today as part of a new program known as the 'Humane Health Coalition,' offered in partnership between Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Health Network, which aims to keep healthy people and pets together.
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The M.O.V.E.S (Medical – Outreach – Veterinary – Essential – Support) mobile unit from Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) made its first outing today as part of a new program offered in partnership with Allegheny Health Network (AHN).
The 'Humane Health Coalition' is a first-of-its-kind program that seeks to keep healthy pets and people together. It is based on the CDC's 'One Health' model of care which recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. As part of the HCC, HARP and AHN will host a series of mobile clinics across Pittsburgh featuring the M.O.V.E.S mobile unit.
The mobile clinic is staffed by caregivers to provide low- to no-cost veterinary care services, as well as health care and support services for pet owners. The clinics are primarily intended for underserved individuals across the Greater Pittsburgh region who face financial hardship and other social challenges, such as housing instability and limited access to care, which make it difficult to having a furry companion.
The M.O.V.E.S mobile unit is outfitted with an anesthesia and surgical unit, an exam table, wet sink, diagnostic equipment and built-in animal cages. The unit includes ample storage for needed equipment and supplies.
From HARP, Dr. Ariella Samson, assistant executive director of veterinary care and shelter operations, Brianna Kaufmann, assistant director of medical services and a team of technicians work together to provide pet health care services including exams, vaccines and more.
"The human/animal bond is a unique connection that often develops between people and their pets. Through the Humane Health Coalition, we are leveraging that bond to help both animals and pet owners get the care they need," said Dr. Samson. "HARP is proud to partner with the AHN Center for Inclusion Health in this initiative which we believe has the potential to impact thousands of people and their pets throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding region."
AHN Center for Inclusion Health nurses, social workers and community outreach staff are also onsite to conduct human health screenings. Individuals may be connected with primary care, behavioral and mental health resources and social services related to housing, transportation and employment, among others.
"We are so pleased to partner with HARP on this special program which will give the most vulnerable among us the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing, while having a healthy pet companion by their side," said Liz Cuevas, MD, division chief, AHN Center for Inclusion Health. "The HHC stands to serve as a shining example for how health care has the ability to transform lives."
About Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Health + Wellness Pavilions, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute and a group purchasing organization. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women's health, diabetes and more. AHN employs approximately 21,000 people, has more than 2,600 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
About Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh
Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, providing services to tens of thousands of animals each year at our two domestic shelters and fully-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. The organization continues the nearly 150-year legacies of its predecessors providing care and enhanced services to domestic and wild animals alike. Learn more at HumaneAnimalRescue.org.