NEWS | October 10, 2018

Mobile health clinic makes its first stop at Street Soccer USA championships

Event demonstrates the power of sports to unite and elevate communities

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Sponsored by UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC, the Street Soccer USA championships were held for the first time in Sacramento last weekend.

(SACRAMENTO) — There were two important firsts last weekend in Old Sacramento, where Street Soccer USA held its annual championship games and a new mobile clinic from UC Davis Health and Elica Health provided care to players and fans.

UC Davis family and community medicine residents treated everything from wounds and sprains to allergies on the mobile clinic’s inaugural trip in the community. 

At the same time, the games provided opportunities to compete in a much-loved sport and a path to wellness and unity. Many players are refugees or have histories of homelessness, abuse, mental illness or addiction. Street Soccer USA, which provides free popup soccer facilities in 14 communities throughout the U.S., gives them a way to maintain strength and hope.

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David Roldan treated injured soccer players on the new mobile health clinic.

Providing care during the games was especially important to David Roldan, a medical resident who plays soccer in his spare time.

“Soccer is a great equalizer,” Roldan said. “On the field, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. It’s healthy for the soul and the body.”

Part of UC Davis Health’s sponsorship includes a new soccer popup near UC Davis Medical Center in the future. 

The mobile clinic will now be on the move as much as possible to bring health care to areas where it’s needed most, including homeless shelters and K-12 schools in low-income neighborhoods. (Watch a video about UC Davis Health's first volunteer to the "health on wheels" corps.)

For information on how you can join the “health on wheels” team, email Maureen McKennan, regional affiliations officer at UC Davis Health, at mgmckennan@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis’ affiliation with Elica links the expertise of the region’s only academic medical center with patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout Sacramento and West Sacramento. Elica’s mobile medicine program further expands access to care by bringing the resources of those clinics directly to places where patients live, work, learn, shop, eat and play. More information about the program is online at www.elicahealth.org/health-on-wheels.html.