Overview

What is the Wellness Bus?

Contact Us

If your community or organization would like to participate, or for more information about the Wellness Bus, please contact:

Wellness Bus Manager
wellnessbus@utah.edu

801-587-5257

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Driving Out Diabetes
Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

What is the Wellness Bus?

The Wellness Bus creates healthier communities by offering the following services to Utahns who don't have access to quality health care:

  • chronic disease screening
  • nutrition education
  • health & wellness counseling
  • referrals to social services

The Wellness Bus aims to reduce the burden of diabetes and other chronic diseases in medically underserved areas by providing important preventive health services.

Low-Cost & Free Health Services

The Wellness Bus reduces chronic illness through health screenings, health coaching, nutrition education, and referrals for health and social services. 

If you live in Utah or, if you don’t have health insurance, the Wellness Bus offers these services at no or low cost. The Wellness Bus provides health screenings to check your: 

  • Blood (sugar) glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Dental health

Our community health workers and coaches offer individual counseling, workshops and community events to help community members improve their health. Coaches will provide advice and education on nutrition, weight loss, physical activity, and how to manage illnesses like hypertension and diabetes.

Connecting Utahns to Free Health And Social Services

Factors other than lack of health insurance or medical care can contribute to a person’s overall health status. The Wellness Bus connects Utahns with free resources including food benefits; low-cost medical, dental, and mental health services. We do this by partnering and working with local community organizations.

Where Are We Located?

We provide services inside a 40-foot, specially designed RV. Our RV offers a private and confidential place for health consultations, screening, and education.

Our RV travels each week to cities and locations in local underserved communities. We bring health resources to community members where they live, work, pray, and play.

front of the Wellness Bus

New Kearns Location!

The Wellness Bus can now be found parked outside of Harmons Grocery at 4872 W 6200 S in Kearns, Utah on Wednesdays from 2-6pm.

Weekly Schedule

Mondays

Midvale
Copperview Recreation Center
8446 Harrison Street, Midvale, UT 84047
9am - 1pm

Tuesdays

Glendale
Sorenson Unity Center
1383 South 900 West, SLC, UT 84104
2 - 6pm

Wednesdays

Kearns
Harmons Grocery
4872 W 6200 S, Kearns, UT 84118
2 - 6pm

Thursdays

South Salt Lake
Central Park Community Center
2797 S 200 E, South Salt Lake City, UT 84115
2 - 6pm

The Wellness Bus will be closed the following days in 2019

2019 Holiday Closure Dates:

  • Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Monday, February 18 (Presidents' Day)
  • Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Wednesday, July 24 (Pioneer Day)
  • Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 29 (Day After Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas)

Who Will Provide My Care?

We know how important it is to feel comfortable with your health care provider. Our diverse, culturally competent, multilingual staff includes:

  • diabetes educators
  • community health workers
  • health coaches
  • registered dietician student volunteers

Our staff also includes health professionals and partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What services do you provide on The Wellness Bus?
  2. Are all the services provided on The Wellness Bus free?
  3. How can I volunteer on the Wellness Bus?
  4. Do you provide services to children?
  5. What geographic areas does The Wellness Bus serve?
  6. How do I make a request for The Wellness Bus to come to my event?
  7. What do I need to bring to get screened?
  8. Do I need to be fasting to get my blood (sugar) glucose or cholesterol checked?

What services do you provide on The Wellness Bus?

The Wellness Bus provides free screenings, health counseling and coaching, referrals to social services, and health education.
Screenings include:

  • Blood (Sugar) Glucose
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Dental Health (starting soon)

Are all the services provided on The Wellness Bus free?

Yes, all services are free and confidential.

How can I volunteer on The Wellness Bus?

Fill out the "Contact Us" form.

Do you provide services to children?

No, one must be 18 years or older to receive services.

What geographic areas does The Wellness Bus serve?

We currently only serve cities and areas within Salt Lake County.

How do I make a request for The Wellness Bus to come to my event?

Fill out the "Request an Event" form. We receive more requests than we can accommodate, so priority is given to events that support our mission: to reduce the burden of diabetes and other chronic diseases in medically underserved areas by providing important preventive health services.

What do I need to bring to get screened?

Nothing, just bring yourself, or a family member or friend who might need our services. All we ask is for you to sign in and fill out a short intake form. ALL questions are optional.

Do I need to be fasting to get my blood (sugar) glucose or cholesterol checked?

Fasting provides the best results and is preferred. However, you can still get your glucose and cholesterol checked even if you have recently eaten.

Why Does Utah Need a Wellness Bus?

If we don’t take action now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of three people will have diabetes by 2050. Medically underserved communities have a higher chance of developing diabetes because they don’t have regular access to screening, prevention, and educational services.

The good news is that diabetes and other chronic illnesses can often be prevented.

Contact Us

If your community or organization would like to participate, or for more information about the Wellness Bus, please contact:

Wellness Bus Manager
wellnessbus@utah.edu