Scholar Highlight

PUBLICATION: The Integration of Community Voice in the Implementation of a Mobile Health Program

IS-2 Scholar, Rachel Zimmer, DNP, (2020 Cohort) was first author of the recently published work in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action – The Integration of Community Voice in the Implementation of a Mobile Health Program.


Background: Health care access is vital to advancing health equity. The purpose of this paper was to use a community-based participatory research approach to engage underserved communities in the development of a new mobile health clinic (MHC) program and to discuss the lessons learned from the conversations. Community conversations helped identify barriers to access to health care, community strengths, and health concerns. They also helped the MHC leaders develop programming.

Methods: The community-based participatory research approach guided five community conversations conducted (N = 51 participants) from 2018 to 2019. Participants provided input on their personal experiences with a) existing facilitators and barriers to health, b) priority health issues and needs, and c) recommendations for MHC program development.

Results: Barriers to health care access were identified, as were many community strengths. Recommendations directly informed MHC program development and implementation, including availability of services at no cost, mammogram referrals, mental health screening, eye exams, and nutrition counseling.

Conclusions: This project highlights the importance of collaboration between academic partners and communities to inform health care programs and the implementation of a MHC based on community voice and input.

Read the full article at: 10.1353/cpr.2023.0013