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.
The Night Ministry’s Street Medicine Program
The Night Ministry received the 2019 Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award and a $10,000 gift from the VNA Foundation for its outstanding work bringing free health care, supportive services and survival resources directly to Chicago’s homeless population through its innovative Street Medicine Program. The Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award, named in honor of a longstanding VNA volunteer and board member, recognizes a Foundation grantee that uses mobile health services in a particularly innovative, effective and impactful way.
From left: David Wywialowski, TNM Director of Outreach & Health Ministry, Nancy Scinto, VNA Board Chair, and Paul W. Hamann, TNM President & CEO
Rosalind Franklin University Scholl Podiatric Care for the Underserved Program
The Rosalind Franklin University (RFU) Scholl Podiatric Care for the Underserved Program received the 2017 Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award and a $10,000 gift for its outstanding work bringing quality foot care to the medically underserved. All care is provided by RFU students and faculty at no charge from temporary clinics organized at approximately 10 established community sites in Lake and Cook Counties. And unlike other mobile programs that do episodic care, the Scholl Program maintains regular contact with each organization to schedule regular visits and promulgate logistics. All in all the RFU Scholl Podiatric Care for the Underserved Program is an unusually innovative and successful program, tailoring services (from nail care to orthotics to wound treatment) to the unique needs of each site, achieving measurable reductions in chronic foot pain, and lessening foot ulcers in diabetics.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Mobile Dental Program
The Mobile Dental Program of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center received a special award for its outstanding work delivering free and low-cost dental services via a 39-foot van. The Mobile Dental Program, started in 1999, helps Chicagoans who find it difficult to get dental care including senior citizens living on fixed incomes, low-income families unable to afford dental care for their children, and men and women with disabilities and people who are homeless.
Read more at 2015 Anne M Davis Mobile Health Award Press Release
The Mobile Medical Care Program at Little Company of Mary
The Mobile Medical Care Program at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers received recognition from the VNA Foundation for its outstanding work addressing the unmet health and social service needs of frail, weak, homebound individuals unable to travel to a physician’s office. The Mobile Medical Care program brings healthcare to the patient, where they can receive necessary services in the comfort and safety of their home surroundings. The program is managed by nurses, and utilizes a medical van to bring a nurse and physician team to the homebound.
Read the press release.
Pilsen Homeless Services
Pilsen Homeless Services was recognized by the VNA Foundation for its outstanding work addressing the unique health and social service needs of homeless Hispanic individuals and families. By positioning itself as an intermediary between hospitals and patients, Pilsen Homeless Services is able to find and treat people who otherwise would have sought care in the emergency room—a choice both more expensive and less effective than community-based care. Pilsen Homeless Services addresses the immediate health needs of thousands of individuals each year, while also providing them with referrals for job placement, substance abuse treatment, and other social services.
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. Read the press release.
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.