This project originated in 2009 as Health by Motorbike, an initiative to bring public health nurses and basic health services to remote villages in Kenya via motorbikes. The project expanded in 2010 to include a service-learning component for student internships. In 2013, its innovative work was recognized with a United Nations Public Service Award for Gender, Health and Development.
Now entitled “Health by All Means,” the project has garnered interest from all over UW-Madison’s campus, incorporating expertise from public health, gender studies, medical anthropology, history, peace studies, and many other academic fields. With its campus-wide network and local-to-global philosophy, 4W serves as the perfect home for Health by All Means operations.
Health by All Means (HbAM) is a multi-disciplinary project that creates change from within communities to improve health outcomes, particularly for the wellbeing of women and girls in the Global South. Our purpose is to:
1) Provide long-term health training and community health outreach for women and adolescent girls in rural and isolated geographical areas and at-risk communities.
2) Train women and adolescent girls as community health workers to collaborate with local governments.
3) Use academic knowledge, community engagement, and human capital to achieve health promotion and sustainable development from within.
In July of 2019, Araceli Alonso and Teresa Langle de Paz published a new book documenting the experiences of Health by All Means.