The Health Wagon Mission
The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality, and empowerment.
The Health Wagon Story
Let us tell you The Health Wagon story. Our average patient is 46 years old. Sixty-five percent of our patients are uninsured, the remainder are underinsured – meaning they have insurance but cannot afford their patient pay responsibilities. Seventy percent of them have an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. Our patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can’t afford to go to the doctor but can’t afford not to. The mobility of our health clinic means we are able to fill the gap whether they are in-line at the food bank or their job, we bring health care to them.
Serving the Most Needy and Vulnerable Individuals in the Nation…
The Health Wagon serves individuals and families with free, integrated health care that is culturally sensitive. We provide preventive, primary and specialty care. In addition to our routine services, we provide the region with strategically coordinated outreach efforts. We are proudest of our health outreach, Move Mountains Medical Mission, which takes place annually and is the largest medical outreach of its kind in the nation. Individuals in desperate need of health care line up days in advance to get needed services such as free eye, dental, and medical care. We have valuable partnerships with academic institutions that allow upcoming physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses to name a few to have valuable educational experiences, along with helping individuals in dire need of health care. The breadth of our mission, accomplishments, and unprecedented community collaboration attest to our commitment to the people in the Appalachian region.
Caring and committed partners—including foundations, corporations, civic groups, churches, businesses, and individuals—support The Health Wagon and our outreaches to make delivery of health care to some of the most disadvantaged in the nation possible. The Health Wagon does not bill for services and is completely funded by donations and grants.