Client Spotlight: Kentucky Department for Public Health

May 19, 2019 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Client Spotlight, Medical | No Comments

Kentucky Public Health Mobile Medical Clinic

Linwood Strenecky is the Mobile Harm Reduction Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The Department recently took delivery of a 26ft La Boit-built Mobile Medical and Educational Clinic. You may have seen this truck last March at NatCon19, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference. There, Strenecky met up with Medical Sales Consultant, Jeff Blais, to pick up the clinic and show it off to conference attendees.

“I really can’t say enough good things about La Boit,” Strenecky wrote in an email to us. “Working with La Boit was outstanding. Jeff worked with us as we went back and forth on design and our wants and needs with the truck. When discovering an issue with one of the jacks upon drop off, Mike from La Boit came all the way to us to fix the problem and had it done that afternoon.”

KY Public Health uses this clinic in their state-wide mobile harm reduction program. Throughout the Commonwealth, the mobile clinic distributes free Naloxone (aka Narcan) and trains individuals how to use it. The clinic also provides free HIV and HCV testing, as well as travels with a peer support specialist on-board who provides education about treatment for substance use disorder.

They provide this program in partnership with local health departments, who market the mobile clinic to their local communities in the lead up to its arrival. The clinic will then come in to park for the day in a predetermined location to provide services.

Kentucky Health Department Mobile Medical Clinic Interior
A pharmacist at the mobile clinic workstation

So far they have taken it to two different locations, with several more scheduled in the next couple weeks. Strenecky expects that they will continue to add events throughout the summer as word gets out about the truck.

Overall, the clinic will travel all over the Commonwealth with a focus on harm reduction regarding substance use. However, Strenecky admits that the results of their efforts are sometimes difficult to track.

“The opioid crisis has struck Kentucky hard,” wrote Strenecky in his email. “It’s hard to know how many overdose reversals we have been a part of, but we hear about our Narcan kits being used quite often.”

Kentucky is not alone in its struggle. Overdose death rates due to opioid use disorder have gone up exponentially over the last 12 years or so. As a result, the federal government has stepped in to provide funds at the state and local level. Kentucky’s truck was purchased with CDC federal grant funding though the Opioid Crisis grant.

Strenecky is certain that the mobile effort will make a difference in Kentucky.

“The ability for us to dispense Naloxone (Narcan specifically) across the state has led to, (anecdotally) many overdose reversals and lives saved.”

We want to thank The Kentucky Department of Public Health for choosing La Boit Specialty Vehicles to build their truck and help them fulfill such an important mission. We wish you all the best.

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 37 years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

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