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Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit - Phoenix

Phoenix Mobile Health Unit with the U.S. Surgeon General
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams met with UA students, faculty, and staff who assist with the operation of the Primary Prevention Mobile Unit, a public health community program in Phoenix. Feb. 12, 2019, Arizona Department of Health Services

In 2016, the University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission launched an initiative to improve health promotion and educational services, for underserved and underinsured Hispanic/Latino residents across Maricopa County. Through a dynamic interprofessional healthcare team of students (i.e., Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, etc.) and respective faculty from an array of disciplines, students actively engage in a collaborative learning environment, to confront chronic health disparities and achieve health equality for medically at-risk populations.

Photos of the Phoenix Mobile Health Unit in the field

The UA Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit, provides free preventive health screening assessments (i.e, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, etc.) for individuals who normally would not seek medical attention, referrals to Federally Qualified Health Centers (i.e, Native Health, Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health, Mountain Park, etc.), health education and pharmacy benefit saving program resources. Furthermore, the Mobile Health Unit provides additional services such as: HIV/Hep-C screening, skin cancer screening and flu vaccination through our affiliated healthcare partners (i.e., Native Health, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Fire Department, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, etc.) when available.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide access to health services by targeting key priority issues such as nutrition, obesity, diabetes, reproductive health, child health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, addictions, domestic violence, and access to health services.
  • Identify patients in need of referrals to local clinics, health institutions, or health specialists for further medical care and follow-up on a case-by-case basis.
  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices utilizing culturally and sensitively created materials, fliers, videos, and group presentations and workshops via the mobile unit.
  • Appreciate the complex medical and social issues faced by medically underserved communities in Maricopa/Pinal County.

How Phoenix Health Professional Students Benefit?

How Students Benefit

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Data from 1/2/2016 to 1/31/2020

Phoenix Mobile Health Unit Infographic


Dr. Cecilia Rosales
Associate Dean & Professor
Principal Investigator

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez
Assistant Professor
Program Manager

Alma Ramirez
Health Education and Promotion Professional

Jeffery Hanna MPH
Health Education and Promotion Professional

Teresa Lobo
Health Education and Promotion Professional, Phoenix Campus Department

The University of Arizona