Classroom on Wheels
The WOW Bus is also a mobile classroom, training health professions students from our affiliated colleges.
For the People, By the People
Our Community Committee created these guidelines for WOW Bus programs and services:
- Do not dictate to the community, so it does not lead to mistrust.
- Use a social justice and equity lens.
- Engage the community in health services. Just because the WOW bus is present does not mean community residents will engage with it.
- Start by building relationships—by meeting individuals where they are—to be community-centered based on mutual respect, trust and transparency.
- Include linkage to care and other needed community resources and services. (Add follow up and keep resources updated)
- Strategies should build on community or population strengths and assets.
Meet Our Community Committee Members
Areliz Barbosa, BS, CCHW
I joined the WOW Bus Community Committee to help collaborate and improve access to care to our community members. I believe there is no better way to serve our communities but to meet people where they're at.
Action speaks louder than words—people don't care how much others know until they see how much people care. It’s about showing up and serving people where they're at.
There is a true need for mobile healthcare in western MA to increase access and improve health outcomes, and is key to reducing health disparities.
My years of work in health promotion and disease prevention, community planning and organization are meaningful contributions to bringing the WOW Bus to life as I work collectively and tirelessly to promote, protect, and restore public health.
Lara Quiles, MSW, LCSW
As a social worker, it is important for me to remain involved with the community while advocating for equality and access to care for the population that I serve.
The WOW Bus gives me the space to implement and share these tools with others.
Pilot Program, Summer and Fall 2020
When the pandemic struck, local organizations reached out to the WOW Bus team to deliver COVID-19 services for their communities.
Our team—along with volunteers from four community organizations, and medical, pharmacy and social work students:
- Set up 7 pop-up sites
- At 6 events
- In 5 neighborhoods
- Tested 460 community members for COVID-19
- Participants also got prevention information, masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and instructions for no-sew masks. (Photo: Baystate Health Diagnostic Services collecting a sample for COVID-19 testing)
Wellness on Wheels Team
Kevin Hinchey MD, Team Lead: Oversees the overall Wellness on Wheels project, and directs patient care strategy
Rebecca Blanchard PhD: Oversees health professions student educational curriculum and assessment
Jane Sicard: Oversees W.O.W. Bus operations
Sarah McAdoo MD, MPH: Leads strategy on community partnership and outreach, oversees communication and relationship with the community
Kelly Lamas MPH: Coordinates and implements strategy, oversees data collection, grant reporting, communication with community partners, website and marketing outreach