Mobile Health Outreach

Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Health Unit van parked in parking lot

For over 20 years, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has managed a mobile health unit that provides cancer screening and education services to communities designated as the most medically underserved in South Carolina. Through partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers, churches, community centers, and employers, the unit travels to destinations in 27 counties across the state to deliver breast, cervical and skin cancer screening.

Over the past five years, the mobile health unit has provided mammograms and Pap smears to more than 7,000 women. Annually, 15% of these women are identified as needing additional diagnostic follow-up, and during the past five years, 42 women were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Women needing follow-up care are provided direct navigation services to ensure timely access to care. Of the women screened in the mobile health unit, 80% report they would not have sought breast or cervical cancer screening if not for the mobile unit coming to their community.

In partnership with South Carolina's Best Chance Network, Hollings’ mobile health unit is one of the state’s largest providers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Best Chance Network, providing services to uninsured and underinsured women meeting specific eligibility criteria. Utilizing the mobile health unit, Hollings and the Community Outreach and Engagement staff also provide targeted, evidenced-based education events and screenings for skin cancer as well as tobacco cessation counseling and referral.

In order to help communities that face distinct challenges accessing quality health care, Hollings and the Sullivan Center at Clemson University collaborated in 2016 on mobile health clinics to increase access to health education and screening tests and provide treatment for problems before they develop or worsen.

Anyone interested in the Mobile Health Unit screening services should call the Hollings outreach program at 843-792-0878 or email Outreach Services.

Screening services

Breast health

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Mammogram

Cervical health

  • Pap smear

Skin health

  • Head-to-toe screening

Education services

  • Cancer prevention
  • Self-screening instruction
  • Tobacco cessation