[music]>>Don Foster: I could see where this could benefit such
communities such as Firebaugh, Dos Palos, Mendota. They just don’t have the access to
the medical. Sure there might be a little clinic or something there, but if you’ve ever
gone to the clinics, they’re jammed packed, and you’re in a five, six hour wait sometimes.>>Dr. Cindi Guerra: It’s rewarding and it’s something that, I don’t care how old you get as a nurse or how
long you’ve been a nurse, you always should always give back to your community in whatever
way you can. And that’s always been important to me. Coming from a small town, giving back
to my community and giving back to our communities where we come from is important.>>Anne Rushing: Well, sometimes
access is a problem. So with us being mobile, we can get into areas that may not have as
easily access to health care.>>Vathany Chea: I can tell that our community is really thankful for the mobile
unit. Sometimes they feel rushed in the doctors office. They mention that a lot. And one of
the greatest things we’ve heard is — they’re happy to see us — and sometimes we’re better
than their actual doctor. So, I love hearing that!>.Dr. Guerra: This is just a way for them to come here and get free health care and free screening. And we’re all very warm and welcoming, so they’re very appreciative.>>Dr. Kathleen Rindahl: We’re checking for elevated cholesterol. We’re checking for high blood
pressure. We’re checking for diabetes, things like that.>>Don Foster: If I sit down at a bus stop bench, I was ready to fall asleep. If I sit down at McDonald’s and eat with my kids and my
family, I was ready to pass out. I had to get up and move, because if not, I would fall asleep.
My wife said, “Just go over there and try it. Just go sit down.” Next thing I know,
I’m stubborn — I’m not going to go to the doctor, come on. I’m fine. I’m all right. And it was
just a blessing that they were there. I filled out paperwork and it was just matter of minutes
before I was back in the back there and they were going through my vitals and they did
my blood sugar right then and there. ‘Cause they asked me, “Are you felling tired?” And
I go, “Yeah, I’m real tired right now.” And they said “Okay,” and that’s when they took
my blood sugar and found it was over 500. So we went later that day, went to the hospital
And — yeah, the mobile unit — if it hadn’t had been for the mobile unit I’d probably would
have been passed out real good and end up in a coma. That’s what I didn’t want to do.
If those ladies had not had been there at that time, I would have never got it checked
out.>>Dr. Rindahl: So we kind of help connect the dots, and if we find something urgent like blood pressure
out of control, we can make that connection, call the doctor: “Hey you need to see this
person sooner rather than later.” So it really helps them increase access to care. One, by
being out where they are, and two, by making phone calls and making touch with their doctors.>>Lori Harshman: I think it’s here, being in the community. I think it’s walking up and down the streets.
I think it’s all the outreach. If I can touch you, I can teach you.>>Dr. Rindahl: We have two levels of
nursing students on this mobile unit. We have the baccalaureate nurses, students who are
sort of generic RNs, so they’re not nurses yet. They’re going through the program. They
will become nurses. And we also have nurse practitioner students who already nurses that
are going to be advanced degree nurses. And they are actually mentoring the younger students
and working together. And it’s been huge for our baccalaureate nurses because a lot of
them didn’t know what a nurse practitioner was. And a lot of them were like, “Hey, yeah I want to be a nurse practitioner now.” Which is fantastic because we do need more nurse practitioners
to increase access to care.>>Anne Rushing: Well, what I really enjoy about Fresno State, are the professors.
The instructors are very passionate about what they do. They’re passionate about nursing
and health care, prevention and education. And they definitely provide that. They bring
that down to their students as well.>>Dr. Rindahl: I think it’s really important, because when they see Fresno State’s name, they have a trust with Fresno State. So they know they are going
to get quality care because Fresno State is Fresno State.>.Dr. Guerra: You’re doing awesome. If you’re on one pill, right now, at your age. That’s super, super good. We will be able to help
different rural health areas for another year. And were really excited about that. We don’t want to see it come to an end so we will continue to write grants for more funding.>>Vathany Chea: Fresno State is an awesome program. I’m really happy that I got into it. I’m really happy that I am
in nursing and really happy that we have a mobile unit. And I can’t wait to help the community
again.>>Don Foster: Thank You. Thank you for – they were just great people and I’m glad they were there.
I’m glad that it was just timing. All perfect timing. You know, thank you.