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Med Student on WOW Bus Explores Puerto Rican History & Culture

How it helped her build relationships with patients
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Classroom on Wheels

Community-centered Model of Education

The WOW Bus is also a mobile classroom, where students training in the health professions learn to see themselves as community partners.

This approach changes everything about how we teach.

  • Where we teach—onsite, in the neighborhood
  • What we teach—the social, economic, political, and community factors that influence health
  • Who will teach—neighborhood volunteers who live, work, play, pray and age in the community will be trained to be health educators on the WOW Bus

Community-Provider Partnership

To effectively address health inequities, practitioners must develop effective partnerships with the communities they serve—working with, and on behalf of, the community.

The WOW Bus aims to increase student engagement with the community, with the result that students will:

  • Recognize the community as a unit of care
  • Learn the culture, history and social systems of a community
  • Establish partnerships based on mutual respect, trust, and transparency
  • Use community health data and the community voice to drive programs, policies, and practice
  • Implement advocacy skills to address health inequities

Our Education Partners

We regularly have students in pharmacy, social work, medicine, nursing, and more, in training on the WOW Bus.

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