The Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award
This initiative was created in 2010 to recognize the unparalleled dedication, volunteerism and creativity of longtime Board member Mrs. Chester A. Davis and was presented upon her retirement from the VNA Foundation Board of Directors.
Beginning with her work on the Junior Board in 1962, and then as a member of the VNA Foundation Board of Directors from 1966 through 2009 (including two terms as Board Chair), Mrs. Davis set an unmatched example of service, commitment and enthusiasm that inspired all those around her. One of her particular interests is healthcare for the underserved, as provided by mobile health units. She was always rightfully determined that the VNA Foundation’s current work reflect its heritage, and viewed the teams of nurses who deliver service via their mobile health units as perhaps the closest link to the horse-drawn carriages used by the original Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago.
The Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award is awarded up to once per year, at the discretion of the VNA Foundation Board of Directors, to a grantee using mobile health services in a particularly innovative, effective and/or impactful way.
Circle Family HealthCare Network’s Mobile Health Team
Individuals without permanent housing face a multitude of health care problems as they struggle to survive on the streets and in temporary housing. Infectious diseases such as hepatitis and respiratory infections are rampant, and chronic diseases such as HIV, diabetes, asthma and hypertension commonly go untreated. Providing healthcare to this population requires creative solutions, and after 23 years in practice, Circle Family HealthCare Network’s Mobile Health Team has developed many such solutions.
The Dental Lifeline Network-Illinois
Access to dental treatment is a significant problem for many elderly or disabled individuals. The recipient of the 2011 Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award, Dental Lifeline Network-Illinois, brings providers to long term care centers and day programs to reach this underserved population.
The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry, which offers street outreach programs to Chicago’s homeless, was the recipient of our inaugural 2010 Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award.