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About The Wellness Coalition

The Wellness Coalition works with our community partners to coordinate services and share information to increase quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services. We focus on improving access to health care for persons with chronic diseases and limited or no health insurance in Central Alabama.
Aug 28 2018

Community Health Workers: Legacies and What the Future Holds

By |2018-08-28T12:42:00+00:00August 28th, 2018|

One of the many legacies of the REACH program is the development of Community Health Worker (CHW) training by The Wellness Coalition (TWC) and the widespread adoption by many River Region nonprofit organizations of the skills and strategies shared in that training. As REACH partners, 15 non-profit organizations used CHW training to meet the goal [...]

Aug 08 2018

Health Ministries: A Story of Three Churches Making An Impact

By |2018-08-14T19:02:07+00:00August 8th, 2018|

Health Ministry attendees get supplies to create their healthy salad jars at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Funding through a REACH cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granted The Wellness Coalition (TWC) an opportunity to collaborate with numerous churches throughout Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties to offer health-based services. [...]

Jul 17 2018

Measuring our Impact: Meet the Evaluators

By |2018-07-17T09:49:34+00:00July 17th, 2018|

Jerry Ingram, PhD (left); Don Bogie, PhD (right) The Wellness Coalition (TWC) and its partners have implemented six different health interventions over the last four years, as part of a REACH cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each intervention involved the collection and evaluation of data as a [...]

Jun 13 2018

Growing Network of Community Health Workers Changing Health Outcomes in Alabama

By |2018-06-13T11:03:40+00:00June 13th, 2018|

The Wellness Coalition (TWC), located in Montgomery, Alabama, has been expanding a network of nonprofit organizations with Community Health Workers (CHW) by teaching organizations how to provide healthcare access and support for people with little or no health insurance in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties. For many, access to healthcare services is limited due to [...]

May 16 2018

Access to Healthy Foods Improves Across River Region

By |2018-05-16T14:59:36+00:00May 16th, 2018|

Farmscape Solutions is The Wellness Coalition’s newest professional partner in the promotion of healthy food access through the REACH program. Based in the Macon County town of Notasulga, Farmscape Solutions is a nonprofit organization with expertise related to the growing and distribution of fruits and vegetables. Farmscape is dedicated to sustainable regenerative farming and [...]

Apr 16 2018

Better Covenant Ministries Expands The Reach of Living Well Alabama

By |2018-04-17T12:08:18+00:00April 16th, 2018|

Elder Karen Hawkins (top) and First Lady Valerie Prude (bottom) lead the Living Well Alabama classes at Better Covenant Ministries in Montgomery, Alabama. Photos courtesy of Christian Hardy, BCM Media. Living Well Alabama (LWA) is a chronic disease self-management program that involves a small group of participants interactively learning ways to manage chronic [...]

Feb 07 2018

New Class Series and Personal Coaching to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Starting Soon

By |2018-02-26T10:32:57+00:00February 7th, 2018|

The Wellness Coalition is helping people in Montgomery, Macon, Lowndes, Elmore, and Autauga counties change their lives by joining an evidence-based diabetes prevention program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2). CYL2 allows participants to work with trained lifestyle coaches to develop and self-monitor individualized health and wellness plans at no cost to them. “CYL2 [...]

Jan 10 2018

Resurrection Church Leads Latest Living Well Classes

By |2018-02-07T14:24:09+00:00January 10th, 2018|

Chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes have plagued the adult population in the state of Alabama for years. There have been little-to-no positive changes in trends, but a lack of access to healthcare and resources has been identified as the problem. Individuals suffering from chronic conditions may not possess the knowledge and skills [...]

Dec 15 2017

Letter From the Director: The Best Part of My Job Is…

By |2018-02-07T14:42:23+00:00December 15th, 2017|

Dear Wellness Partners and Friends, As I wrap-up my first quarter as director of The Wellness Coalition, I want to thank you for your support as we work to bring healthcare access to all in the River Region. It has been my great fortune to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Cynthia Bisbee, who retired [...]

Dec 08 2017

The Importance of Community Food Assessment

By |2017-12-08T10:57:32+00:00December 8th, 2017|

What we eat is fundamental to our health. A diet of foods high in sugar and fat can lead to the development of chronic disease and a shorter lifespan. Access to fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to the prevention of disease as well as the management of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. A [...]

Oct 13 2017

MAMHA Shares Experiences With Green Rx

By |2017-10-17T13:31:13+00:00October 13th, 2017|

At the beginning of 2017, Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority (MAMHA) agreed to incorporate the Green Prescription intervention (Green Rx) into their clinics in Montgomery, Lowndes, Elmore and Autauga Counties to enhance the care of their patients. Through these four clinics, MAMHA provides a medical home for those who seek to manage medications and behaviors [...]

Sep 12 2017

A Personal Story of Living Well at Bethany Church

By |2017-10-17T13:13:15+00:00September 12th, 2017|

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Living Well Alabama, was designed by Stanford University to help people with chronic diseases (and their caregivers) gain confidence in their ability to control symptoms and to be in charge of how their health conditions affect their lives. As a licensed provider of Living Well training, The Wellness Coalition certified Bethany Seventh Day Adventist church leaders to teach the [...]

Jul 19 2017

Mobile Heights Lives Well with Living Well Alabama

By |2017-10-17T13:14:39+00:00July 19th, 2017|

Mobile Heights Baptist Church is having success with Living Well Alabama. Their pastor, Pastor Martin, participated in the first round of Living Well and graduated on April 29, 2017 with eight other participants. Their first round was a huge success, and the second round was met with similar enthusiasm from participants and the community. Mobile Heights began their second round [...]

Jul 10 2017

CAAC & the Impact of Community Health Worker Training

By |2017-10-17T13:31:27+00:00July 10th, 2017|

Yolanda Bean, ADRC supervisor at CAAC, puts Community Health Worker Training to use with her team. Through the work of the Central Alabama Aging Consortium (CAAC), people who are aging or who have disabilities in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties can access health, education and social service resources to enhance their lives and [...]

Jul 05 2017

Meet the Creator of the DIY Pancreas System

By |2017-10-17T13:33:12+00:00July 5th, 2017|

Dana Lewis is an Alabama native who is also the founder, creator, and developer of the Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System (#DIYPS), an “open loop” system to deliver alerts and insulin dosing recommendations that significantly improve daily outcomes for people with diabetes. Dana is leading an open and transparent effort to make safe and effective artificial pancreas system technology [...]

Jun 13 2017

Garden Training Helps Cultivate Future Growers

By |2017-10-17T13:33:22+00:00June 13th, 2017|

Community Garden Committee with CARPDC and EATSouth trainers at St. Paul CME in Hayneville The Wellness Coalition has partnered with Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development (CARPDC) and EATSouth to provide local communities with training to start building their own gardens, big or small. In accordance with the REACH objective to increase the [...]

May 23 2017

Healthy Corners Stores Expand in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes

By |2017-10-17T13:33:34+00:00May 23rd, 2017|

Montgomery, Ala. – The Wellness Coalition, together with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC), has expanded their Healthy Corner Store program for a third year in “food deserts”— areas with limited access to fresh, healthy food. In 2015, five stores in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties were chosen to launch the Healthy [...]

May 12 2017

Quitline Workgroup Update: May 2017

By |2017-10-17T13:33:42+00:00May 12th, 2017|

HBCU's, Community Colleges Partner with Truth Initiative, CVS to Tackle Tobacco Last month, Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation joined forces to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges students and administrators. Through a nation-wide campaign, the organizations advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke and tobacco free campus policies.  Click HERE to read.   Who [...]

Apr 17 2017

Hayneville Church Shares Thoughts on Living Well

By |2017-10-17T13:18:14+00:00April 17th, 2017|

“Graduates” from the first FMBC Living Well classes held January-February 2017. The Wellness Coalition works to develop partnerships and to employ community action strategies in order to advance a culture of wellness and to improve health care access in the River Region. One of those strategies involves offering chronic disease self-management programs (CDSMP) [...]

Apr 05 2017

COSA Applies CHW Training to Enhance Client Services

By |2017-10-17T13:33:57+00:00April 5th, 2017|

Yvette Hester assists a COSA client using Community Health Worker skills The Wellness Coalition recently trained five staff members of the Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA) to become better acquainted with the risk factors for and the management of three chronic diseases: hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The training also included skills to assist [...]

Mar 28 2017

Community Health Worker Spotlight: Young’s Mentoring

By |2017-10-17T13:29:12+00:00March 28th, 2017|

Through the REACH cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control, The Wellness Coalition now shares Community Health Worker Training with area nonprofit organizations interested in helping their clients to be healthier within the contexts of their lives. One such organization is Young’s Mentoring Program, run by Clarissa Young. Mrs. Young provides mentoring services at [...]

Feb 20 2017

Chronic Disease Self-Management Taught By Local Churches

By |2017-10-17T13:29:47+00:00February 20th, 2017|

A series of no-cost classes is being conducted by Montgomery and Lowndes County churches to teach members of the public how to self-manage chronic conditions including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, mental illness, and other chronic conditions. The program, known as “Living Well Alabama” (Living Well), is a Stanford University evidence-based program that is [...]

Feb 14 2017

Second Group of Healthy Corner Stores Report Success

By |2017-10-17T13:27:30+00:00February 14th, 2017|

The Wellness Coalition is working with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC) to increase the number of convenience stores that provide healthier food options including fresh fruits and vegetables. The second year of this “Healthy Corner Store Program” is now complete and data has been collected. The first year of the Healthy [...]

Jan 30 2017

Letter From the Director: January 2017

By |2017-10-17T13:27:46+00:00January 30th, 2017|

Dear Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year presents you with opportunities for happiness, growth, and service! The Wellness Coalition is off to a great start in 2017 as we finish up the third and final year of our cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control [...]

Jan 15 2017

Quitline Workgroup Update: January 2017

By |2017-10-17T13:28:41+00:00January 15th, 2017|

The Quitline received over 31,000 calls with over 10,000 people receiving services in 2016!    FDA issues warnings to four tobacco product manufacturers for flavored cigarettes... Four tobacco manufacturers received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling flavored products labeled as little cigars or cigars that the agency says are actual [...]

Jan 04 2017

MyPlate, MyWins Helps Americans Turn Resolutions into Solutions

By |2017-10-17T13:30:24+00:00January 4th, 2017|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) launched a New Year's campaign to help Americans turn their resolutions into real solutions for healthy eating in 2017. This campaign is supported by new and existing MyPlate, MyWins resources available on ChooseMyPlate.gov, which are designed such that Americans can decide where [...]

Dec 22 2016

Community Gardens Stay Busy All Year Long

By |2017-10-17T13:32:50+00:00December 22nd, 2016|

Our community garden program has helped put gardens at area churches in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties. The great thing about living in the south is that every season is a planting season, which means gardens stay busy twelve months a year! Pastor Valtoria Jackson from St. Peter AME in Montgomery recently sent pictures showing [...]

Dec 08 2016

Quitline Workgroup Update: December 2016

By |2017-10-17T13:34:41+00:00December 8th, 2016|

The new Quitline RFA will be released later this month, and the contract will be awarded in February.   Surgeon General sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes... "These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and [...]

Oct 11 2016

“Living Well” Classes Welcomed in Local Communities

By |2017-10-17T13:35:28+00:00October 11th, 2016|

"Graduates" from a Lowndes County Living Well Alabama 6-week course. Living Well Alabama is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) program that is evidence based through Stanford University. The program is a 6-week series of weekly classes that equips participants with the necessary tools needed to manage their chronic condition(s). It teaches [...]

Sep 22 2016

Protecting Alabama’s Citizens from Tuberculosis

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00September 22nd, 2016|

Thomas Miller, MD, Alabama’s State Health Officer, attended The Wellness Coalition’s Annual Board Meeting on Friday, September 16, 2016. At this time, Dr. Miller presented PowerPoint slideshow and presentation on the state of tuberculosis in Alabama and how to protect Alabamians. We are pleased to present Dr. Miller’s PowerPoint below as a downloadable PDF.  

Sep 01 2016

Community Health Worker Training Continues as Positive Feedback Rolls In

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00September 1st, 2016|

Access to healthcare services can be challenging for some individuals for many reasons including a lack of transportation, low health literacy, limited education, poor understanding of the healthcare system, little to no insurance or income, and more. Community Health Workers are needed to help these individuals access the resources they need to take control of [...]

Aug 24 2016

Quitline Workgroup Update: August

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00August 24th, 2016|

The percentage of pack-a-day smokers hits record low in U.S. The percentage of smokers in the U.S. who light up a pack or more of cigarettes a day has fallen sharply over the past decade. click HERE to read more. Check out the new Alabama youth tobacco website... We get it; you vape, bruh. But, did you [...]

Jul 27 2016

The Wellness Coalition Establishes Diabetes Self-Management and Support Program with Goal of ADA Recognition

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00July 27th, 2016|

  The Wellness Coalition has been involved for the past 10 months in a project to establish a Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program (DSME/S), with the goal of applying for recognition by the American Diabetes Association. Development of this program has been made possible through a grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health. [...]

Jun 15 2016

Quitline Workgroup Update: June

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00June 15th, 2016|

E-cigarette and nicotine liquid poisonings increasing rapidly in young children... Many people who "vape" may not realize that one swallow of the liquid nicotine they use to refill their e-cigarettes(electronic cigarettes) can kill a child. Click HERE to read more. Now seeking change agents for youth activism fellowship... Truth Initiative is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Youth Activism Fellowship, [...]

Jun 06 2016

Reducing Sodium in the Food Supply

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00June 6th, 2016|

By: Susan Mayne, Ph.D., Director, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition As the former Chair of the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, I have looked critically at the totality of evidence on the link between sodium and chronic disease. The data are clear: Americans are getting [...]

May 27 2016

Unveiling the New Nutrition Facts Label

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00May 27th, 2016|

By: Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Susan Mayne, Ph.D., Director, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition The Nutrition Facts label can make a real difference in helping consumers have the information they need to make dietary choices that support a healthy diet. The FDA has [...]

Apr 28 2016

Governor Bentley Establishes Health Literacy Partnership of Alabama

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00April 28th, 2016|

Governor Robert Bentley announced on Tuesday that he has signed an executive order establishing the Health Literacy Partnership of Alabama. The Health Literacy Partnership of Alabama, created by Executive Order 18, will recommend to the Governor ways to improve the health literacy of Alabamians. Recommendations may take the form of regulatory or statutory changes, with [...]

Apr 18 2016

The Wellness Coalition and Partners Expand Gardening Demonstrations to Increase Access to Fresh Produce

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00April 18th, 2016|

The Wellness Coalition, together with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC) and EAT South, will offer gardening demonstrations to give local residents the knowledge and skills they need to create their own community-based gardens. A total of six garden demonstrations will take place in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties in April and [...]

Mar 03 2016

CONVENIENCE STORES SELLING PRODUCE REPORT PROFITS AS THE WELLNESS COALITION EXPANDS HEALTHY CORNER STORE PROGRAM

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00March 3rd, 2016|

The Wellness Coalition, together with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC), has expanded their Healthy Corner Store program with five new stores in the River Region as other participating stores show the program is profitable. Originally, five stores in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties were chosen to launch the Healthy Corner Store [...]

Nov 16 2015

Soul Shop Stems the Rising Tide of Suicide in the River Region

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00November 16th, 2015|

In an effort to stem the rising tide of suicide in the River Region, The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. is bringing Soul Shop to our community. Soul Shop is a suicide prevention and recovery program designed to train church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff, and faith-based therapists to detect the signs of [...]

Oct 06 2015

The Wellness Coalition and Partners Put Fresh Produce and Cooking Demonstrations in Local Convenience Stores

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15+00:00October 6th, 2015|

The Wellness Coalition, together with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC), has partnered with convenience stores in Montgomery, Macon, and Lowndes counties to help them offer fresh fruits and vegetables in “food deserts”— areas with limited access to fresh, healthy food —designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The program [...]

Sep 21 2015

Mayor Todd Strange Declares Sept. 18-24, 2015 “Wellness Coalition Week”

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00September 21st, 2015|

Pictured: Mayor Todd Strange; Cynthia Bisbee, Executive Director of The Wellness Coalition; C. Bernell Mapp, The Wellness Coalition Board Chairperson Montgomery, Ala. – Mayor Todd Strange attended The Wellness Coalition’s Annual Board Meeting Friday, Sept. 18 at City Hall to celebrate the improvement of health care access by the Montgomery-based non-profit and to [...]

Aug 18 2015

The next open enrollment period for Marketplace coverage begins on November 1, 2015 for coverage starting on January 1, 2016.

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00August 18th, 2015|

As reported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The next open enrollment period for Marketplace coverage begins on November 1, 2015 for coverage starting on January 1, 2016. Some people can sign up for health coverage outside of open enrollment, before November 1, because they qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP). A consumer [...]

Jul 30 2015

Macon County Residents Graduate Healthy Living Community Classes with Celebration

By |2017-10-12T12:33:32+00:00July 30th, 2015|

Shorter, Ala. – Mary Magdalene Baptist Church is holding a celebration for local residents who attended and completed a 6-week course on preventing and managing chronic disease and improving overall wellness. The graduation celebration will be held August 4 at 11:30am at Mary Magdalene Baptist Church located at 4294 Cross Keys Road in Shorter, Ala. [...]

Jul 28 2015

NAMI Alabama Conducts First Statewide NAMI Walk

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00July 28th, 2015|

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Alabama will conduct the first statewide NAMIWalk on September 26, 2015, at the Wynton Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery. The purpose of the 5K fundraiser is to support the education, advocacy, and support programs of NAMI Alabama. NAMIWalks is a joint effort of NAMI, NAMI Alabama, and NAMI Alabama [...]

Jul 14 2015

The Wellness Coalition Visits Alabama Live!

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00July 14th, 2015|

Ghandi Williams, Wellness Programs Coordinator, and Sara Byard, REACH Program Coordinator visited Alabama Live! today to discuss the upcoming Chronic Disease Institute (CDI). CDI is The Wellness Coalition’s annual summer conference which provides information about chronic disease prevention and management. Continuing education credits are available! Registration is still underway. Visit our registration page here to register online [...]

Jun 18 2015

Chronic Disease Institute Registration Now Open

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00June 18th, 2015|

CDI is The Wellness Coalition’s annual summer conference which provides information about chronic disease prevention and management. Sessions include a variety of relevant, current topics and continuing education credits are offered. The 2015 CDI conference dates are: Tuesday, July 21 - Pre-Conference Community Resources Day (10:00am - 3:00pm) This day precedes The Wellness Coalition's annual [...]

Jun 16 2015

More Sunlight Means More Time for Physical Activity

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00June 16th, 2015|

June 21 is the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. This also makes June 21 the Longest Day of Play! Take advantage of the extra daylight and encourage kids in your community to take a longer walk, play another game of tag, or enjoy a few extra minutes shooting hoops. The Physical Activity Guidelines [...]

May 07 2015

The Wellness Coalition and Partners Offer Community Garden Demonstrations to Increase Access to Fresh Produce

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00May 7th, 2015|

The Wellness Coalition, together with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission and EAT South, will offer instructional demonstrations to give Central Alabama-area residents the knowledge and skills they need to create their own home garden or other community-based gardens. A total of three community gardens will be installed by the partners during the [...]

Apr 13 2015

Medical Outreach Ministries Releases Its Spring Newsletter

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16+00:00April 13th, 2015|

Medical Outreach Ministries is an important part of the safety net health care providers that improves health care access to the under-insured in the River Region. Since 1998, Medical Outreach Ministries has provided over $30 million worth of medical care. They also coordinate their efforts with The Wellness Coalition and hold a seat on our board. To help [...]

Apr 03 2015

WELLNESS COALITION TO HOST CONFERENCE TO HELP HEALTH CARE WORKERS TREAT CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN RIVER REGION

By |2016-11-21T20:33:17+00:00April 3rd, 2015|

The Wellness Coalition will host a conference designed to improve the treatment of chronic diseases in the River Region and the state. Many people with chronic diseases do not follow through with medical and non-medical treatment prescribed to them for a variety of reasons. This conference will explore those factors, the challenges they create, and [...]

Feb 24 2015

CMS Announces Special Health Coverage Enrollment Period for Tax Season

By |2015-02-24T11:01:58+00:00February 24th, 2015|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period [...]

Feb 04 2015

The Wellness Coalition Offers Last Minute Enrollment Before the Health Insurance Deadline

By |2016-11-21T20:33:17+00:00February 4th, 2015|

The Wellness Coalition is offering residents in the River Region who need assistance enrolling for health insurance through the online marketplace a chance to beat the deadline. Beginning at 6am on February 14, 2015, members of The Wellness Coalition staff will be available to assist with health insurance enrollment at Medical Outreach Ministries, located at [...]