Southern Seven Health Dept. to debut Wellness on Wheels van | News |

One Heartland health department is rolling out a “Wellness on Wheels” van in the next few months, targeting high-risk communities.

“It’s just an opportunity for us to be out in the communities and to be able to reach people who might not have the ability to get to the doctor pretty regularly, this gives them a good health check,” said Shawnna Rhine, Southern Seven outreach coordinator.

The Southern Seven Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health are teaming up to take health care on the road.

“We are going to be doing some at colon screening kits, you can get your COVID vaccine if you’ve not gotten that or you need your booster. And there’s also some other services that we provide such as blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, the list goes on and on,” said Rhine.

The “Wellness on Wheels” van is set to roll out Wednesday, April 6 to better serve some of the most rural counties in southern Illinois.

“We live in a region where a lot of people have to travel 25, 50 to 100 miles for regular health care. And so this gives them an opportunity to get some of those basic checks,” said Rhine.

On Wednesday, March 30, the health screening was at the Golden Circle Senior Center in Golconda. It’s one example of the Wellness on Wheels Program.