The Wellness Coalition Board continued to serve as a forum for “safety net” providers to network and coordinate issues related to persons affected by chronic disease and with little or no health insurance. In addition to this coordinative role, The Wellness Coalition has made a direct impact on the health of the community through our programs.

In 2017-2018, we:

  • Provided Wellness Case Management/Community Health Worker services to 1,967 clients, including access to a medical home, linkage to community resources, enrollment in health insurance, and chronic disease self-management education
  • Assisted 503 people to access free medications for chronic disease through the SenioRx program, pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, and local community resources
  • Assisted over 720 medically uninsured patients in local emergency departments to access a medical home and to decrease their use of the ED for primary care
  • Provided 3,185 chronic disease education individual sessions to teach people how to manage chronic diseases, including assisting them to set and achieve wellness goals
  • Provided 638 assists with the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace, resulting in 46 enrollments

In 2017-2018, we also:

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

  • Successfully completed four years of work on the REACH 2014 cooperative agreement, including the involvement of more than sixty partners over the life of the project
  • Offered education and ongoing assistance to partners to ensure sustainability of REACH programs
  • Trained 3 churches to administer Living Well Alabama classes and trained 3 new sites to deliver Community Health Worker Services
  • Partnered with Farmscape Solutions to improve access to healthy food by offering technical assistance to community garden training sites and healthy corner stores

Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Established the River Region’s first CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2), in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Trained seven Lifestyle Coaches to deliver the CYL2 Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Recruited 99 participants to begin eight Diabetes Prevention classes from February to June

Community Impact

  • Provided professional education for nurses, social workers, counselors, dietitians, and others through the Case Management Conference and Chronic Disease Institute
  • Promoted improved wellness and access to healthcare through advertising, news, and media messages that have been viewed more than 5.6 million times by River Region residents
service to the community