Wellness Coalition logo featuring the words 20 Years , with a services to the community in fiscal year 2018-2019

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.

chart showing the number of people receiving chronic disease education annually and the fact it is increasing per year by 20 percent

In 2018-2019, we:

  • Provided Wellness Case Management/Community Health Worker services to 1,383 clients, including access to a medical home, linkage to community resources, enrollment in health insurance, and chronic disease self-management education
  • Assisted 530 people to access free medications for chronic diseases through the SenioRx program, pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, and local community resources
  • Assisted over 500 medically uninsured patients in local emergency departments to access a medical home and to decrease their use of the ED for primary care
  • Provided 3,824 chronic disease education individual sessions to teach people how to manage chronic diseases, including assisting them to set and achieve wellness goals
  • Provided 299 assists with the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace, resulting in 159 enrollments
Two charts showing health insurance enrollment assistance out pacing actual health insurance enrollees as well as number of people needing medication assistance increasing

In 2018-2019, we also:

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

  • Were awarded the 2018 REACH cooperative agreement through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
  • Partnered with Southeast Research to conduct food assessment to identify needs, barriers, and possible solutions to improve access to healthy food
  • Trained 3 churches to administer Living Well Alabama classes and trained 3 new sites to deliver Community Health Worker Services
  • Were chosen as one of 200 agencies in the nation to hold screenings of Chocolate Milk, a documentary on breastfeeding in Black America, in an effort to start working on ways to increase breastfeeding rates so that more mothers and children enjoy the health benefits of breastfeeding

Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Helped 70% pf program participants meet or exceed the program goal of losing 5-7% of their body weight
  • Enrolled 140 people in new classes, increasing the participation rate by 41% over the previous year

Community Impact

  • Celebrated our 20th year of providing services to the community
  • Provided professional education for nurses, social workers, counselors, dietitians, and others through the 2019 Case Management Conference: Leading the Way to Wellness
  • Promoted improved wellness and access to healthcare through advertising, news, and media messages that have been viewed more than 15 million times by River Region residents
service to the community