Mobile Health

Bridging Gaps with Mobile Health

Rupsa Raychaudhuri

Adrienne Thayer, a community engagement nurse, concurrently working towards a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on Health Innovation and Leadership, believes that mobile health is the future of health care. 

“In my 14 years as a nurse, [the system] seems to be working less and less for people, especially for those that are uninsured, unhoused, and are people of color,” Thayer said. “The Mobile Health Initiative has been a really great way to get out in the community. You develop a different kind of relationship outside of the walls of institutions that have historically harmed so many people and are typically top down structurally.”

Through her work with MHI, Thayer has not only been able to help the underserved but has also broadened her professional skill set. She’s been able to delve into grant writing to attempt to secure local and state funding and support community organizations in expanding impactful work and innovative programs. Her involvement with MHI has been professionally enriching and personally fulfilling, as Thayer says: “It’s literally been the best job I’ve ever had–it’s so collaborative. I recommend MHI to anyone who wants to do community work.”

Looking ahead, Thayer is planning to explore how to scale mobile health solutions on a national level, working with community organizations to build innovative programming and receive additional funding, and she will be applying to the Presidential Management Fellowship program. 

The Mobile Health Initiative (MHI) advances health equity through local partnerships and service. Interested in collaborating or volunteering? Submit a Mobile Health Inquiry.

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