Every Tuesday, a CHN van parks close to the intersection of 14th Street and Second Avenue. Vans are stationed at different intersections in the city most days of the week.
Dr. Freddy Molano, the vice president of infectious diseases and LGBTQ programs and services at CHN, has been working at the organization since it began. He witnessed the implementation of the mobile health clinics when the idea wasn't "fashionable," he told Business Insider.
Inside the van, Nehemias Grullon, a community educator, looks at patient records and talks to incoming patients about insurance options. He collects pay stubs and general income information to help patients figure out their insurance options.
On average, the vans, which mainly offer primary-care and sexual-health services, see 15 to 20 patients a day, with some seeing as many as 25. People can come to the van with an appointment or walk in.
Ofiong Okon, a nurse practitioner and CHN's medical director of mobile van health centers, began working at CHN five years ago, becoming a medical director one year after joining the organization.
Daniel Waits, who's uninsured, said he's visited the health van four times since July. Waits told Business Insider he found the clinic from a simple Google search and made an appointment the same day.
Waits said he doesn't notice that he's in a van when he goes for his appointments.
"It just feels like a room, like any other clinic," he said. "You don't notice you're in a van until you go outside."
Okon often also provides a sexual-health consultation to patients, discussing treatments like PrEP, a medication taken to prevent people from getting HIV.
After each visit, Okon washes her hands and prepares to see her next patient.
Healthcare providers in the van can also take blood for disease screenings and other tests. CHN says the 14th Street van location averages about 900 unique patient visits annually.
The focus for CHN is preventive care, or keeping patients healthy.
Moving forward, CHN is working to add more behavioral-health services to its health centers and vans, CEO Robert Hayes said.