The New Orleans Children’s Health Project (NOCHP) was established in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This response resulted in three permanent Children’s Health Projects in the Gulf Coast area, one of which was established in New Orleans. The NOCHP delivers high quality, comprehensive primary care and mental health services, regardless of ability to pay. The NOCHP is part of Children’s Health Fund’s Transportation Initiative, which enhances access to transportation to medical appointments for patients living in areas with deficiencies in public transportation.
The NOCHP addresses troubling disparities in health status by using state-of-the-art mobile medical clinics (MMC). These MMCs are self-contained, fully equipped mobile doctor’s offices and are ideally suited to this effort. The MMCs enable health care teams to reach children in remote rural communities, public housing complexes, schools, and other sites where access to health care is limited. Mental health services are provided through NOCHP’s Community Support and Resiliency Program (CSRP) through a specially-equipped mobile unit called the Community Support and Resiliency Unit. The CSRP assists children and families with their immediate mental health needs, provides psycho-education that is vital to their recovery, and helps with reintegration into their communities, together while fostering resilience and encouraging coping skills. Additionally, through its university affiliation, education in community pediatrics is provided for a large number of Tulane medical students, MPH students and pediatric residents.