Mobile Outreach Unit

The KEOP has traveled thousands of miles across North Carolina with the mobile outreach unit, to screen North Carolina residents for chronic kidney disease.

View a map of the screening locations in North Carolina.

The truck link to the right will take you on a virtual tour guided by Donna Harward. The presentation is about 3 minutes in length.

To help reduce the burden and presence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in North Carolina by providing community-based

  • Free CKD screenings
  • Education and awareness activities
  • Participation in community health fairs
  • Promotion of kidney health among at-risk persons
  • Nephrology follow-up clinics in high-risk communities without access to subspecialty care

2 lavatories, laboratory space, one examination room, storage, 2 refrigeration units, audio-visual equipment and seating.


No. The KEOP provides screenings to at-risk persons for free. However, we focus on high-risk counties to ensure that rural communities with high rates of end-stage kidney disease are provided access to free screenings and follow-up care. When traveling to metropolitan communities, the KEOP, when feasible, tries to partner with local agencies/foundations to obtain support to cover direct expenses such as screening supplies and fuel.

Yes. The MOU is committed to reaching as many NC communities as possible. A 30-60 day notice is requested and pre-event awareness activities and promotions are conducted in partnership with a local host agency or group.

No, the MOU provides its own power and has a 55 gallon freshwater tank and a 55 gallon waste water tank.  If available, the MOU can use a shore power outlet.

The MOU is 39 ft 11 inches long and 12 ft 10 inches high and weighs 33,000 pounds.   Access to a stable and accessible parking area is necessary to ensure safe operation of the unit. Tree limbs and power lines can damage the unit’s roof and sides; designated parking areas should be devoid of these elements and should be paved.

If a screening or awareness activity is to be conducted in a building or does not require the use of the MOU, the MOU can be requested as a promotional billboard to encourage participation in the event. In most instances, the MOU is open for public touring under these circumstances. 

Yes, if a PCP clinic operates in a community with a high prevalence of ESKD, the MOU can be located in close proximity of the clinic so that citizens can be referred for free screening and/or sub-specialty follow-up. A local health department can partner with the KEOP to host a screening and awareness event as well. 

Download the printable PDF version of Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the mobile outreach unit or would like to schedule a free screening in your community, please contact:

Trina Pugh, UNC Kidney Center Administrator
919-445-2648
trina_pugh@med.unc.edu
7024 Burnett-Womack CB # 7155
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7155