Opelika Community of Hope launches Mobile Health Clinic!

Mobile Clinic Launch

Casey Family Programs has partnered with the City of Opelika to strengthen families and reduce the number of children requiring the services of the foster care system. The project includes numerous community, university and civic partners, notably Mayor Gary Fuller’s Office, the Opelika City Council, East Alabama Medical Center, Auburn University Office of Student Outreach and the Auburn University School of Nursing.
On October 12th and 13th Paul DiLorenzo, Senior Director of Strategy for Casey Family Programs along with local Casey Family Programs Project Managers Jocelyn Zanzot and Daniel Neil of Mobile Studio conducted a two-day workshop featuring Dr. Nancy Hardt, M.D. University of Florida Medical School, Emeritus focusing on mobile health care strategies to reach under-served populations. Dr. Hart presented her successful model from the Gainesville area that provides free health care to low income communities and the impact of overall community health on successful families.
First Transit has donated a 40’long passenger bus to the Opelika Community of Hope and is dedicated to helping this project succeed.
Mobile Studio is very excited to advance Dr. Hardt’s model here in Opelika, situating the work within a comprehensive Community Health Equity Assessment. The next year presents exciting opportunities to design a state of the art mobile health clinic, listen and understand the community’s needs and desires, create an inter professional approach to staffing and outreach via the bus, learn about and create a training model based on trauma informed care and building resilience and chart a pathway for ending childhood trauma and enhancing family resilience in Opelika Alabama that will radiate out to the greater Central Alabama region. We hope you will get involved!
Check out some of the great local press below:



Comfort Women Memorial SF Update!

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Mobile Studio is honored to serve as project managers for the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition to give the gift of a new piece of public art to the City of San Francisco,  a Memorial to the “Comfort Women”. Working with leaders in international human rights and justice issues around the world dedicated to ending violence against and sexual trafficking of women and girls, this memorial remembers the suffering, resilience, strength, courage and on-going struggle for justice of the so-called “Comfort Women”. Mobile Studio’s leadership resides our ability to orchestrate a project of this complexity with transparency, and best practices between multiple agencies and civic groups including the SF Public Art Commission, Rec and Parks, a fantastic team of engineers, architects and builders, and the amazing Artist Steven Whyte. Please follow along as we choreograph and deliver this important new landmark and beacon of hope to visitors from around the world, the citizens of the Bay Area, and the residents of St. Mary’s Square in Chinatown.



Of many submissions around the globe, the “Women’s Column of Strength” by Stephen Whyte was selected to serve as the Comfort Women Memorial! Whyte is a classically trained figurative sculptor, whose work has recently been accepted into the Smithsonian Institute of Art. For this project in particular, he has created a powerful and inspiring piece that captures the story of the Comfort Women, soon to be cast in bronze. “Women’s Column of Strength,” is due to be installed in September of 2017. As approved by the San Francisco Public Art Commission and Department of Recreation and Parks, the memorial will be displayed proudly in St. Mary’s Square- to be looked upon with admiration and remembrance.



City of Opelika, Community of Hope- Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs have selected Opelika, Alabama, to become a Community of Hope, or city where the foundation will work to strengthen struggling families and reduce the need for foster care intervention overall. In order to face such an imposing and complex issue, project leaders and community members alike must collaborate to reach a solution. Mobile Studio is excited to participate in this significant quest as project managers to the Opelika Community of Hope. Currently, we are in the process of working to analyze and understand relevant background data in order to develop a solution. Mobile Studio has met and will meet with many partners from the Lee County Youth Development Services, city officials, Carver Jeter neighborhood leaders, and members from Casey Family Programs to discuss the projected path moving forward. We all share the vision and hope to support local families, create safer and happier environments, and eliminate the necessity for foster care as completely as possible.