Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 26(1) April 2023 : 31-37.doi:10.12927/hcq.2023.27054
Support For Underserved Communities

Community Wellness Bus: A Partner-Led Initiative to Improve Service Integration and Address Unmet Needs of Underserved Populations in Algoma District, Ontario

Jeffrey Dorans, Cassandra Lepore, Erin M. Mulroney, Victoria Aceti Chlebus and Sophia Myles


Launched at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Wellness Bus (CWB) is an evidence-based mobile health clinic that serves high-needs populations living in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. As an Algoma Ontario Health Team partner-led initiative that works to improve health and social service integration, the CWB program is an effective, collaborative approach to address the unmet needs of individuals who are underhoused or living with a mental illness and/or addictions in the community. This article aims to identify successes, challenges and opportunities for the expansion of this program to re-engage individuals with the local health system.



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