A community-led mobile health clinic to improve structural and social determinants of health among (im)migrant workers

Shannon Guillot-Wright, N. Miles Farr, Ellie Cherryhomes

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Abstract

Background: Community-led interventions that address structural and social determinants of health are lacking among (im)migrant workers, especially seafood workers. This lack of medical attention is especially alarming given their high rate of injury and death. Methods: Community-based participatory research (CBPR), a relational model that values the participants as equal partners in research, dissemination, and implementation, guided the interviews and mobile clinic. Seafood workers were engaged throughout data collection, analysis, and interpretation and played a significant role in moving the findings from research into actionable change. Results: To address the lack of healthcare options for (im)migrants, and at the request of the seafood workers participating in the ongoing CBPR study, we successfully implemented and treated workers in our mobile clinic. Discussion: Many of these individuals had not been seen by a healthcare provider in years, highlighting the importance of community trust and rapport building when addressing interconnected health and safety issues. Conclusions: Although CBPR and free (mobile) health clinics are in and of themselves not novel concepts, when applied to high-risk occupational settings with under-reached populations (e.g., (im)migrant workers), they have the ability to improve health and prevent injury. This intervention adds to the growing literature detailing the potential benefits of using CBPR, and meeting people where they are, especially with historically marginalized populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number58
JournalInternational Journal for Equity in Health
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health equity
  • Migrant workers
  • Mobile clinic
  • Social determinants of health
  • Structural violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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