We are on a mission to change the way healthcare is delivered
A Mobile Unit Bringing Prevention Care to You
Wellness on Wheels—the WOW Bus—will travel to neighborhoods in the Springfield area providing low-cost or free screenings, health education, and counseling to people where they live and work.
A Classroom on Wheels Training Students in the Community
We're educating the next generation of health professionals to be community partners. This changes where we teach, what we teach, how we teach, and who is teaching.
Wellness on Wheels answers the call of the community by:
- Bringing preventive health services—screening, education, and referrals—directly to people instead of making them come to us
- Training health professions students using use a community-centered approach that puts communities and individuals at the center of the solution
Our community partners guide the work of the WOW Bus by telling us their communities' priority health concerns, and letting us know how we can complement the actions they are already taking.
We will also train neighborhood volunteers who will be health educators on the WOW Bus.
Areliz Barbosa, BS, CCHW
Lara Quiles, MSW, LCSW
Our Community Committee developed community-centered guidelines to drive how we design and carry out the programs offered by the WOW Bus.
Wellness on Wheels is a program of Baystate Health, operated by Baystate Medical Center, and is supported by funding from TD Bank's Ready Commitment.