National Health Information Award
A National Health Information Award was presented to Miami University in 2011 in the category of Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information for the Mobile Health Unit project.
The Regional College Tour
The Mobile Health Unit has just completed a regional tour of colleges and universities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. During our visits our goal was to demonstrate how mobilizing health promotion and clinical services could benefit college students and community members.
A Blueprint for Health on College Campuses
The Mobile Health Unit project is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from The Ford Foundation and through partnership with Armor Mobile Systems. The funding period was 2008 to 2011 to plan and implement "A Blueprint for [Health Promotion and Disease Prevention] on College Campuses: A Vehicle for Change". During the 2008-2009 academic year Dr. Reginald Fennell, MCHES, EMT-P, Principal Investigator and Project Director, Christopher Escue, Miami University Alumni, '08, '10, M.S., CHES, Project Coordinator, and their team of students helped with the design of this blueprint for college health. This included program design and planning, resource allocation, development of materials, and scheduling. These plans included interviewing and hiring peer educators whom received extensive training to assist in launching the project. Spring semester 2010 the 38-foot Mobile Health Unit launched on the Miami University campus. The 2010-2011 academic year was the first full year the unit was made available on Miami's Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown campuses, as well as to the community.
The Mobile Health Unit provided a variety of health promotion services, focusing on the six dimensions of health: mental health, spiritual health, physical health, emotional health, social health, and environmental health. The Mobile Health Unit also provided clinical services including influenza vaccinations, HIV antibody testing and counseling, and blood glucose screening.
The purpose of this national demonstration project was to design a student-centered blueprint for health promotion and disease prevention on college campuses that could be replicated throughout the United States. The project sought to determine the feasibility of using a mobile health unit (MHU) to provide information about sexuality, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). Miami University was pleased to be the pilot campus. Using a mobile unit, we developed a model for student health for colleges and universities in the United States.
During the next phase of the project, launching in May 2011, The Mobile Health Unit will begin a regional college tour of colleges and universities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to demonstrate how a mobile health unit could benefit the health of college students.
1. To design a student-centered blueprint for health on college campuses that could be replicated on campuses throughout the United States and
2. To implement the blueprint using a Mobile Health Unit (MHU) providing comprehensive health information.
The Mobile Health Unit's Health Promotion Capacity
The Mobile Health Unit's Clinical Capacity
Reginald Fennell, PhD, MCHES, F-ACHA, NREMT-P
Dr. Fennell is the principal investigator and project director for The Ford Foundation grant. Dr. Fennell is an award-winning professor for his innovative teaching style and teaches courses on sexuality and HIV/AIDS, men's health, and international health. In 1986, while a graduate student at The Ohio State University, he developed and taught one of the first credit courses on HIV/AIDS on a college campus. He developed and still teaches a version of that course today at Miami University. He has authored more than 30 publications and given more than 150 presentations at professional conferences and symposiums. His teaching techniques challenge students and educators to think critically about their values and how values impact health education and health promotion practices. Dr. Fennell who speaks French and English developed and directed a five week-study abroad program in international health from 2001 to 2009, that was based in France and Switzerland. Students attended lectures at leading international and European organizations such as the United Nations (UN) Headquarters and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Fennell is a past President of the American College Health Association (ACHA) www.acha.org and July 1, 2005 became one of the three Executive Editors of the Journal of American College Health (JACH), the only scholarly journal devoted entirely to the health of college students. Believing in giving to his community in Cincinnati, Ohio, he volunteered for more than two decades for an HIV/AIDS organization. He volunteers for his local chapter of the American Red Cross. In November 2007, he returned to school at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to pursue his EMT certificate and completed the program April 2008. Since August 2008, he has been a volunteer in the EMS Division with the Wyoming Fire/EMS Department. In 2010, Dr. Fennell graduated from the Paramedic Certificate Program at Cincinnati State and passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam. July and November 2010, Dr. Fennell passed his State Fire exams as a Firefighter 1 (FF1) and Firefighter (FF2) and is a part-time Firefighter/Paramedic with the Oxford Fire Department (OFD). Dr. Fennell enjoys triathlons and has completed more than 70, including the Los Angeles Triathlon in September 2004. His favorite day of the week is Monday. Ask him why.
Christopher Escue, MS, CHES
Christopher Escue, MS, CHES, Miami University, '08, '10, is a health educator and graduate of the Department of Kinesiology and Health (KNH). Mr. Escue is Project Coordinator for The Mobile Health Unit funded by the Ford Foundation to develop a blueprint for the use of a comprehensive mobile health unit on college campuses for students in the United States. Through his work with The Mobile Health Unit at Miami University he is an Ohio Department of Health (ODH) certified HIV antibody pre-test/post-test counselor, a BACCHUS Network certified peer educator, American Lung Association (ALA) certified Freedom From Smoking instructor, and First Aid/CPR/AED certified. Mr. Escue has presented at national conferences including the BACCHUS Peer Education Network General Assembly, the American College Health Association (ACHA) annual conference, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). In 2009, as a graduate student, he participated in the KNH Study Abroad Program in International Health. Christopher is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the American College Health Association (ACHA).