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

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

Take a Virtual Tour of the MOU

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.


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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:

Jill Powell, MPH, Program Coordinator
919-445-2618
jill_powell@med.unc.edu