Mobile Health Care

health care vanFamilies First offers a caring approach to delivering comprehensive health services to people who are without stable housing and without access to a regular medical provider. Mobile services are provided in conjunction with Families First Health Center, offering continuity of care with one electronic medical record, and access to a nurse for medical advice 24 hours a day.

Launched in 2003, Mobile Health Care teams provide services five days a week in five towns within the Greater Seacoast area. About 650 patients were seen last year. The teams provide services from our two health care vans and sometimes inside buildings.

Who is eligible to use these services?
Mobile health care is primarily for people in an unstable or temporary living situation, such as living in a shelter, rooming house, winter rental or car; couch surfing; camping or living outdoors; or being a seasonal worker. Some exceptions to this are noted on the schedule below.

How can people access services?
No appointments are necessary. Patients can just show up at one of the locations at the beginning of the session. (See schedule below.) Patients can pay with Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance if they have it. If you are uninsured, services are free or low-cost, depending on your income.

What services are provided?
• Direct services: Preventive screenings, sick visits, chronic disease management, dental care, access to medications, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, family support, access to specialty care, labs and diagnostic testing.
• Application assistance for: Housing, food stamps, WIC, TANF, disability, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance, veterans benefits, etc.

How can I get more information?
• For general questions about the program, call Christine at (603) 422-8208 x331.
• For direct patient assistance, call (603) 422-8208 for Kim (x303)
• Listen to radio interviews with patients and staff from this program
• If you need shelter: Admission to emergency shelters in Strafford and Eastern Rockingham Counties is all done through Coordinated Access; call 603-516-8143.

When will the mobile health care team be in my area?
The following schedule is usually in effect, but be sure to call to check for changes. The first section lists our mobile medical clinics. Scroll down for info on mobile dental clinics. To check the schedule, call toll-free 1–888–922-0005, or 766–9220 from the Portsmouth area.

Anyone who is in an unstable living situation is welcome at all of these clinics. In addition, the clinics at Gosling Meadows and Margeson Apartments are for people who live in those facilities.


  • Cross Roads House, 600 Lafayette Road: Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30-11 a.m. (Click for info on Thursday dental clinic.)
  • Seacoast Community Church, 397 Lafayette Rd.: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Salvation Army (upstairs), 15 Middle Street: Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Families First Health Center, 100 Campus Drive (Community Campus): Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel Street: Thursdays, 11:45 a.m to 2 p.m. 
  • Gosling Meadows Family Housing, 40 Wedgewood Road: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
  • Margeson Apartments, 245 Middle Street: Fridays, 2:30-5 p.m.



  • Strafford County Courthouse, 259 County Farm Road (side parking lot): Mondays, 8:30-11 a.m.
  • Train Station, 33 Chestnut Street: Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.



  • St. Vincent dePaul Society, 289 Lafayette Road: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


These three sites provide a variety of services, including screenings, hygiene/cleaning appointments, fillings, extractions, x-rays and relief of pain or infection. Exact services vary among the sites and according to the patient's situation. Please note eligibility criteria for using each site.

  • Salvation Army, 10 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester
    Mondays, beginning at 1 p.m.
    For adults in an unstable or temporary housing situation
  • Cross Roads House, 600 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
    Thursdays, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (dentist and hygienist)
    For adults in an unstable or temporary housing situation
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, 53 Lincoln Street, Exeter
    Thursdays, by appointment (hygienist)
    Fridays, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (dentist)
    Dentist services are for adults who meet income-eligibility guidelines and live in New Hampshire or Maine. Hygiene services are for anyone who has used any Families First dental services. For more information, call Families First at (603) 422-8208 (press 3) or St. Vincent at (603) 772-9922.