WELLNESS ON WHEELS (WOW)
Wellness on Wheels (WOW™) is a mobile community health program sponsored by Danbury Hospital, Danbury Visiting Nurses Association, City of Danbury, and the Immunization Action Program of the State of Connecticut.
The primary goal of WOW is to meet the immediate wellness needs of all residents, regardless of status, who are either uninsured, underinsured or who do not have access to the health care system due to recent immigration or displacement. The secondary goal is to connect each patient with an area physician for continuation of care. The "WOW Van," as it is known around the city, travels to various locations within the city limits at least twice weekly. There is no charge for services, including physicals, TB testing and most immunizations.
WOW services include:
· School, sport and work physicals
· TB testing
· Health education materials
· Referrals to area services
· Prevention screenings and referrals for prevention services.
There are no appointments. Patients are seen first come, first serve, however, sick patients are seen first. All patients are seen unless there is an unusually high volume of patients. Summer is a particularly busy time at the WOW van and families should plan ahead. Patients requesting immunizations should bring their immunization records. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under age 18.
WOW’s Director is Jack S.C. Fong, M.D, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Danbury Hospital. Irene Litwak, MPA coordinates WOW at the Danbury V.N.A. For a recorded schedule of weekly WOW van locations, call (203) 730-9884 English/Español. For more information, call the Danbury V.N.A. at (203) 792-4120 Monday-Friday.
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