IndyGo, in partnership with Gennesaret Free Clinics, is launching its newest program, “Wellness in Transit,” devoted to holistic community health. The pilot, beginning May 17, will consist of a mobile medical clinic parked at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, providing free healthcare services to visitors regardless of health insurance status.
Currently, there aren't many free walk-in services available within the downtown core. The goal of Wellness in Transit is to fill this need and provide resources to enhance the well-being of riders while reducing the transportation burden of an added trip.
Starting May 17, services will be available every Tuesday, May through October, from 3 to 5 p.m. Riders can access the mobile clinic parked at the Carson Transit Center on Washington Street for quality, free healthcare.
"Transit directly impacts an individual’s ability to access services that improve health and well-being,” IndyGo President/CEO Inez Evans said. “IndyGo’s mission centers around connecting our community to vital opportunities like this through mobility experiences. The launch of this service at our transit center, in the heart of Indianapolis, will allow our program to have the greatest impact and reach the densest number of transit riders.”
Gennesaret Free Clinics has annually served thousands of the most vulnerable individuals in Indianapolis, including many living in poverty. The clinic provides quality, accessible, and compassionate patient-centered healthcare for persons experiencing homelessness or lacking established healthcare. Gennesaret mobile clinic sites are designed to treat minor illnesses and injury to avoid major illness and injury from occurring later. This care includes free medical services and prescriptions.
IndyGo hopes to expand the program to connect riders to even more public health services once the pilot is complete. Wellness in Transit will build upon the success of the free pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Carson Transit Center, sponsored by the Marion County Public Health Department, by partnering with additional local human services agencies to fill gaps within the healthcare system.