ONU Mobile Clinic workers (left to right) Ashley Zupancic, Amy Fanous, and Lisa Do ('do'ing the little cameo pose) stand next to the "clinic on wheels" during a recent stop in Bluffton. The clinic regularly rolls through Allen, Hardin, and Hancock counties, providing a variety of free, and wide-ranging, healthcare services - Ada Herald
ONU Mobile Clinic workers (left to right) Ashley Zupancic, Amy Fanous, and Lisa Do ('do'ing the little cameo pose) stand next to the "clinic on wheels" during a recent stop in Bluffton. The clinic regularly rolls through Allen, Hardin, and Hancock counties, providing a variety of free, and wide-ranging, healthcare services. (Ada Herald/Joe Shriner)

ADA — The ONU “Mobile Clinic” was out recently spreading holiday cheer, along with… flu shots, free vitamins, cholesterol screen and the ever popular Christmas hemoglobin A1C screening.

In fact, all this stuff, and more, is so popular that ONU does it year round and throughout Allen, Hardin and Hancock counties.

Mobile Clinic Director Amy Fanous, who graduated from ONU in 2012 and is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the school, has been with the Mobile Clinic since 2015. In this time, she’s seen any number of “successes.”

For instance recently in Kenton, a woman had come to the Clinic with a cholesterol level “way above the normal range,” said Ms. Fanous. A Clinic “medication review” showed that the woman was taking her cholesterol medication at the wrong time of day.

Ms. Fanous continued that when the woman returned two months later, her cholesterol levels were back to a safe range.

In another case, a man complained of vision problems during a Clinic “health risk assessment.” Clinic workers suggested it might be the early stages of diabetes. It was.

This man is now on insulin and doing quite well.

Ms. Fanous said she believes one of the biggest healthcare problems in America is everyone not having “access to quality healthcare.” And concurrently, she believes initiatives like ONU’s Mobile Clinic, if replicated across the country, would go a long way in impacting the problem.

ONU’s Mobile Clinic, over the years, has been subsidized by a combination of federal grants, private grants, and ONU money.