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.
Feb 10 2020

Taking Care of Your Heart Says “I Love You” On Valentine’s Day

By |2020-02-10T18:22:49-06:00February 10th, 2020|

This Valentine’s Day, many will say “I love you” with flowers, candy, or a fancy evening out. But there’s another way you can say I love you – by making your health and your heart a priority. Show your family how much you love them by protecting your health and your heart now so you [...]

Feb 03 2020

5 Things African Americans Need to Know About Prediabetes

By |2020-02-03T13:00:13-06:00February 3rd, 2020|

This Black History Month, understand your health history and reshape your destiny, especially when it comes to prediabetes. As an African American, there are 5 things you should know: African Americans are at a higher risk for prediabetes than non-Hispanic whites, especially if type 2 diabetes runs in their family. Around 36% of African Americans [...]

Jan 21 2020

Nationwide Launch of CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative

By |2020-01-21T11:03:47-06:00January 21st, 2020|

This month, CDC released new maps that highlight geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in physical inactivity in the U.S. State and territory-level estimates of physical inactivity range from 17% in Colorado to 48% in Puerto Rico. In the majority of states, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics had a significantly higher prevalence of inactivity than non-Hispanic whites. These [...]

Dec 05 2019

Breastfeeding in the Workplace: Know Your Rights

By |2019-12-05T14:27:00-06:00December 5th, 2019|

Many people are not aware of the federal and state laws that protect a breastfeeding mother’s right to breastfeed her child in public and to have adequate breaks at work for pumping breast milk. This became clear when we surveyed attendees of our Chocolate Milk documentary screening in August. During this discussion, we found [...]

Nov 25 2019

Accepting Applications for Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coaches (English & Spanish-speaking)

By |2019-11-25T10:27:40-06:00November 25th, 2019|

Position Title: Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Reports To: Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator Supervises: None Summary: The role of the Lifestyle Coach is to provide support and guidance to program participants enrolled in the Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. program and implement the standard curriculum designed for the program in accordance with the Diabetes [...]

Nov 21 2019

Request for Proposals: Healthy Corner Stores

By |2019-11-21T14:47:23-06:00November 21st, 2019|

Background The Wellness Coalition is seeking assistance with professional program implementation/continuation of services in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties that will increase access of healthy food through produce distribution. We are working within 42 identified census tracts within the specified counties. The program is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We propose [...]

Nov 21 2019

Request for Proposals: Professional Evaluation Services

By |2019-11-21T14:39:14-06:00November 21st, 2019|

Background The Wellness Coalition is seeking an individual or organization to provide professional services in support of the REACH Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The selected entity will provide evaluation support services to our Lead Program Evaluator in evaluating the REACH program interventions that aim to (1) improve nutrition, [...]

Nov 07 2019

Cynthia Took Control of Her Health and You Can Too!

By |2019-11-12T11:21:31-06:00November 7th, 2019|

Cynthia Johnson didn’t always make health a priority. “I was overweight, making all the wrong choices,” she says. “I knew I should be doing something, but I wasn’t motivated to do so.” Then she visited her doctor and found out she had prediabetes, a condition that affects 1 in 3 American adults. Prediabetes means [...]

Nov 04 2019

CDC Recognizes Wellness Coalition Diabetes Programs

By |2019-11-04T11:57:11-06:00November 4th, 2019|

The Wellness Coalition has been recognized by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its diabetes prevention and self-management programs. CDC provides recognition for organizations that deliver evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States. Such programs have agreed to use a CDC-approved curriculum that meets the duration, intensity, [...]

Oct 18 2019

Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living

By |2019-10-18T14:08:18-05:00October 18th, 2019|

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans have a higher chance of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health concerns than other races. These health concerns, if not managed, can shorten life span. In the River Region, there has been an increasing need to expand opportunities for positive health behaviors and [...]

Sep 25 2019

Addressing the Health Concerns of People Experiencing Homelessness

By |2019-09-25T13:19:02-05:00September 25th, 2019|

Family Promise and Friendship Mission, Inc. are non-profit organizations in Montgomery that provide shelter services for people who experience homelessness. In 2019, these organizations renewed their commitment as REACH partners and sent several new case managers to The Wellness Coalition’s February 2019 Community Health Worker training. Since that training, these organizations have been providing [...]

Sep 11 2019

Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger

By |2019-09-11T14:03:34-05:00September 11th, 2019|

Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about mental [...]

Aug 21 2019


By |2019-08-21T15:08:41-05:00August 21st, 2019|

2019 CDSMP / Living Well Alabama class participants during a session at St. Peter AME in Montgomery The Wellness Coalition began utilizing the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) as an evidence-based intervention in 2008. A dependable and effective franchise of chronic disease self-management education, CDSMP has proven effective at helping people take control [...]

Jul 16 2019

Chocolate Milk: A Documentary About Breastfeeding in Black America

By |2019-07-16T09:08:33-05:00July 16th, 2019|

Montgomery, Ala. – The Wellness Coalition is offering two screenings of “Chocolate Milk,” a documentary about breastfeeding in Black America. The screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Screening dates include: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Montgomery County Health Department, 3060 Mobile Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36108 [...]

Jun 26 2019

Make Health a Family Focus This Summer

By |2019-06-26T09:50:36-05:00June 26th, 2019|

For many families across the country, warm weather means time spent with family – whether it’s backyard cookouts, picnics at the park, family reunions, or family vacations. These events are a time for families to reconnect and reflect on traditions. Family functions are also a time to talk about family health. In the United States, [...]

May 03 2019

Moms, Prioritize Your Health this Mother’s Day: 2 Stories from Mothers

By |2019-05-03T13:28:29-05:00May 3rd, 2019|

Women seem to do it all: they take care of their families, their pets, their homes, their finances, and their careers. With busy schedules and seemingly never-ending to-do lists, many women may be putting their own health last. But what if this year for Mother’s Day you put yourself and your health at the top [...]

Apr 16 2019

Apply Now: REACH Breastfeeding Consultant

By |2019-05-01T08:36:48-05:00April 16th, 2019|

Job Title:        REACH Breastfeeding Consultant Reports to:     REACH Program Coordinator Supervises:     N/A Summary: The REACH Breastfeeding Consultant assists with planning and support for The Wellness Coalition’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) cooperative agreement. The REACH cooperative agreement serves a priority population of low-income African Americans living in 42 census [...]

Apr 02 2019

The Wellness Coalition Announces $3.9 Million Community Grant and 20 Years of Service

By |2019-04-02T08:53:08-05:00April 2nd, 2019|

The Wellness Coalition (TWC) is celebrating 20 years of service to the River Region in 2019. In conjunction with this milestone, TWC is launching new programs to improve the health and wellness of residents in Montgomery, Lowndes, and Macon counties as part of a 5-year $3.9 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control [...]

Mar 26 2019

What’s Your Why for Better Health?

By |2019-03-26T13:48:29-05:00March 26th, 2019|

The inside jokes with a favorite cousin, the memories with a best friend, the family gatherings – these are some of the best reasons to live a long, healthy life. This Diabetes Alert Day® on March 26, The Wellness Coalition and the Black Women’s Health Imperative are encouraging African Americans to take the prediabetes risk [...]

Jan 18 2019

Request for Proposals: Professional Evaluation Support Services

By |2019-01-18T13:51:33-06:00January 18th, 2019|

Background The Wellness Coalition is seeking an individual or organization to provide professional services in support of the REACH Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The selected entity will provide evaluation support services to our Lead Program Evaluator in evaluating the REACH program interventions that aim to (1) improve nutrition, [...]

Nov 06 2018

Letter From the Director: Serving You Better

By |2018-11-06T14:18:01-06:00November 6th, 2018|

Dear Wellness Partners and Friends, The Wellness Coalition works every day to help people access the healthcare services they need. One of the ways we do this is by offering free health insurance enrollment assistance. For the past five years, we have offered this service to our River Region service area—Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and [...]

Aug 28 2018

Community Health Workers: Legacies and What the Future Holds

By |2018-08-28T12:42:00-05:00August 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 |2018-08-14T19:02:07-05:00August 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 |2018-07-17T09:49:34-05:00July 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 |2018-06-13T11:03:40-05:00June 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 |2018-05-16T14:59:36-05:00May 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 |2018-04-17T12:08:18-05:00April 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 |2018-02-26T10:32:57-06:00February 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 |2018-02-07T14:24:09-06:00January 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 |2018-02-07T14:42:23-06:00December 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 [...]

Oct 13 2017

MAMHA Shares Experiences With Green Rx

By |2019-10-03T15:31:45-05:00October 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 |2017-10-17T13:13:15-05:00September 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 |2017-10-17T13:14:39-05:00July 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 |2017-10-17T13:31:27-05:00July 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
  • Dana Lewis sitting at a table with a laptop and smiling at the camera