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Advancing Healthcare in Alberta With Mobile Medical Vans

Alberta Health's $20M fund empowers Indigenous communities in primary care. Explore cost-effective solutions and our mobile medical vans for better access.
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Healthcare is a fundamental aspect of our lives, and it plays a critical role in keeping us well. But access to primary care services can sometimes be challenging, leading many to visit emergency rooms for routine healthcare needs. Mobile medical vans can help with that.

I’m Aleck, an account executive at MoveMobility. I work with communities and organizations in western Canada to help break down barriers to healthcare. It’s my passion to help them find the right vehicle, whether it’s a wheelchair-accessible van or a mobile clinic.



In this article, we will explore the importance of primary care and the innovative solutions offered by MoveMobility’s mobile medical vans. We’ll look at how they benefit the Indigenous communities throughout Alberta and the rest of the country.

Let’s dive into how mobile medical vans are transforming primary care.


The significance of primary care

Primary care is the foundation of our healthcare system. It’s what keeps people healthy and out of hospitals. It ensures that we receive the necessary care for common medical issues and chronic conditions. In Alberta, the government is recognizing its importance and actively investing in primary care.

  • Alberta Health is allocating $57 million over three years to support family doctors and nurse practitioners in seeing more patients. They can receive up to $10,000 annually to provide essential care.
  • Indigenous communities are also getting a boost, with a $20-million fund to develop and operate their primary healthcare services. This comes after a budget allocation of $125 million over three years for projects proposed by advisory panels.

Moreover, visiting a primary care clinic costs only a fraction of what an emergency room visit does. Many people end up in the ER because they lack access to family doctors. This is where nurse practitioners can make a significant difference by integrating into the healthcare system and establishing their practices.


Mobile Medical Vans: A solution for primary care in Indigenous communities

At MoveMobility, we understand the importance of bringing primary care closer to communities. We offer a range of mobile medical vans designed to meet diverse needs:


1. Mobile Clinic Van

Mobile Medical Clinic Van outside with doors open
Patent pending


The Mobile Clinic Van is a remarkable transformation of a van into a mobile healthcare hub. These vans offer a crucial means of delivering primary healthcare and essential services to underserved populations. They play a vital role in reaching individuals who may not have access to traditional healthcare methods.

Doctor’s office on wheels: Our MC Model van is equipped like a doctor’s office on wheels, providing a clean and comfortable environment for patients.

Customization: You can choose options such as a sink, fridge, additional power supply, and more to tailor the van to your specific program’s needs.

Mobile office space: Create a true one-on-one experience with a spacious desk, office chair, and storage for equipment and records.


2. Mobile Outreach Van

Mobile Outreach Van
Patent pending


Our Mobile Outreach Van is a compassionate way to reach out to individuals who are homeless, dealing with addiction, or facing challenging life conditions. Meeting people where they are creates trust with vulnerable populations, making outreach vans more effective than traditional clinic buildings. 

Versatile outreach: This van offers floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets and mobile office desk space, making it suitable for transporting staff or clients and providing on-site personal services.

Versatility: It can transport staff or clients and provide on-site services, all while maintaining a hygienic, medical-grade environment.

Interior Features: The van includes aluminum medical storage, office space, passenger seats, and climate control for a comfortable experience.


3. Mobile Response Van

Ram Promaster Mobile Response Van
Ram Promaster Mobile Response Van – Patent pending


The Mobile Response Van is like a simplified ambulance for non-urgent medical needs and transport, but it lacks critical care equipment. It can be used as an ambulance alternative, an urgent care clinic, or a mobile medical treatment center for remote job sites.

Versatility: While not an ambulance, our MR Model van serves as an excellent alternative for patient transfers and medical responses for non-urgent needs. The standard MR Model is designed with a stretcher that can be secured to the floor and attendant seating.

Designed for efficiency: The van includes aluminum cabinets, designated storage systems for medical equipment, and a clean, bright medical environment.


4. Mobile Mitigation Van

The side entrance of the Mobile Mitigation van, also known as the MM Model, used for overdose prevention.
Patent pending


The Mobile Mitigation Van provides a safe, private space with sterile injection equipment for programs like overdose prevention and harm reduction. It serves as a mobile supervised consumption site, promoting safe practices, reducing needle sharing, and preventing overdoses.

Client privacy: The Mobile Mitigation Van is designed to offer privacy with individual desk pods for clients and a secure partition between the driver and rear compartments.

Safe and sterile: It provides a secure and sterile environment for overdose prevention, supervised consumption, and harm reduction programs.

Efficient workspace: The van features easy-to-clean cabinets, desks, and countertops, making it a clean and sterile environment for working with patients.

What if the Indigenous communities utilized the $20 million fund to purchase mobile medical vans? Let’s take a closer look at how they could benefit from that.


4 ways that Indigenous communities can benefit from mobile medical vans

Indigenous communities in Alberta face unique healthcare challenges due to their remote locations and limited access to primary care services. MoveMobility’s mobile medical vans can play a pivotal role in addressing these challenges and improving healthcare access for these communities. Here’s how these communities can benefit from our innovative solutions:


1. Increased accessibility

Mobile medical vans can reach even the most remote Indigenous communities in Alberta. They act as a bridge to connect individuals to vital healthcare services, eliminating the need for long and often costly journeys to urban healthcare facilities. This increased accessibility ensures that Indigenous community members can receive timely medical attention.


2. Tailored healthcare services

Each of MoveMobility’s mobile medical van models can be customized to meet the specific needs of Indigenous communities. Whether it’s primary care, specialist services, or preventive healthcare, these vans are versatile and adaptable to provide the required care. 

For example, the Mobile Clinic Van can serve as a complete doctor’s office on wheels, while the Mobile Mitigation Van can provide a clean and sterile environment for administering healthcare services.


3. Community engagement

Mobile medical vans deliver healthcare services and also foster community engagement. Your organization can use them to serve as community hubs, bringing together healthcare providers and community members. This engagement can lead to better health education, awareness, and a stronger bond within the community.


4. Efficient resource utilization

With mobile medical vans, healthcare resources can be used efficiently. These vans can be stationed strategically to address healthcare gaps within Indigenous communities, making the best use of available healthcare personnel and facilities.

For example, if an Indigenous community in Alberta is 7 hours from the nearest medical clinic, a Mobile Clinic Van can reduce the long-term expenses involved with traveling there.


Blood Tribe’s road to wellness: The mobile medical unit


The Blood Tribe Department of Health, located in Standoff, Alberta, Canada, serves one of the country’s largest reserves, the Blood Tribe. The department recognized the need for increased access to healthcare services in their extensive community. They collaborated with MoveMobility in 2020 to introduce accessible medical transportation vans.

With transportation as a significant barrier due to the vast geographical area of the Blood Reserve, the introduction of mobile medical units became essential. These units offer a solution to transport patients to health services without requiring them to visit a traditional clinic, effectively eliminating transportation challenges and ensuring confidentiality.

The success of the Mobile Medical Unit Program in the Blood Tribe is evident through its diverse applications, from supporting medical transportation and crisis response to expanding healthcare services like blood tests and mental health counseling. The unmarked vehicle includes private space that accommodates various health services, reducing the stigma surrounding sensitive treatments in this close-knit community. 

The Blood Tribe Department of Health’s adoption of this strategy not only caters to the immediate needs of its community but also paves the way for a holistic healthcare paradigm. This case study vividly illustrates how mobile medical units can profoundly transform community healthcare, aligning seamlessly with the statistics presented earlier regarding the vital role of mobile medical vans in enhancing healthcare access for underserved populations.


Final Thoughts

My journey toward enhancing healthcare in Alberta is a promising one, illuminated by the transformative potential of mobile medical vans. The Blood Tribe Department of Health’s commitment to this approach not only addresses immediate needs but also establishes a comprehensive healthcare model that can serve as a beacon for other communities.

As I look to the future, these mobile medical vans offer hope and expertise to navigate the path towards improved healthcare access, particularly for Indigenous communities in Alberta. It’s heartening to think that as more communities adopt this approach, we can collectively drive healthcare forward making it a fundamental and accessible aspect of everyone’s life.




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