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, [...]

Aug 21 2019

USING CDSMP TO BUILD A SYSTEM OF COMMUNITY–CLINICAL LINKAGES

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jul 05 2017

Meet the Creator of the DIY Pancreas System

By |2017-10-17T13:33:12-05:00July 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 [...]

Sep 22 2016

Protecting Alabama’s Citizens from Tuberculosis

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00September 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 06 2016

Capitol Heights Garden Takes Extra Steps to Bring a Community Together

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00September 6th, 2016|

The Year 2 REACH grant community garden training site at the Capitol Heights United Methodist Church in Montgomery is located near many of the REACH census tracts. As a result, the church puts a lot of energy into reaching the neighborhoods that surround them. Capitol Heights UMC’s efforts are setting a standard for what it [...]

Sep 01 2016

Community Health Worker Training Continues as Positive Feedback Rolls In

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00September 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00August 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00July 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00June 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00June 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00May 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00April 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00April 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00March 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 [...]

Feb 16 2016

Updates from The Wellness Coalition

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00February 16th, 2016|

Healthy Minds Network The Wellness Coalition has been serving for 10 months as a member of the Healthy Minds Network (HMN) Community Integration Work Group. The HMN is a group of community agencies and individuals organized by Envision 2020 in conjunction with AUM Outreach, to work on access to mental health services, especially in the criminal justice system. [...]

Nov 16 2015

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

By |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00November 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:15-06:00October 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00September 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00August 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 28 2015

NAMI Alabama Conducts First Statewide NAMI Walk

By |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00July 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00July 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00June 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00June 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00May 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:16-06:00April 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:17-06:00April 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 |2015-02-24T11:01:58-06:00February 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 |2016-11-21T20:33:17-06:00February 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 [...]