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Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit - Phoenix

 Phoenix Mobile Health Unit team

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 January 2016 to January 2024

Phoenix Mobile Health Unit Infographic

Phoenix Consulate Mobile Health Unit Infographic

Contact Information

Sheila Soto, DrPH, MPH
Director, Community Engagement & Outreach Programs
Assistant Research Professor
Principal Investigator

Rodrigo Valenzuela Cordova, MPH
Coordinator, Community Engagement and Outreach - Phoenix
(520) 621-3035


Maria Jaime, MA
Health Education and Promotion Professional

Catherine Miller

Catherine Miller, BSc
Health Education and Promotion Professional

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Lazaro Ruiz
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Luis Canchola
Health Education and Promotion Professional

Alicia Hernandez, BA
Health Education and Promotion Professional

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