Need for a Community Wellness Program

A Community Wellness Program is an organized program that assists Communities to voluntarily make choices that improve health and productivity. Workplace wellness programs focused on prevention and intervention benefit individuals and communities by reducing community’s health risk factors to include:

  • Using tobacco products
  • Being overweight
  • Poor nutrition
  • Lack of exercise
  • Complications from health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

 

While unhealthy behavior can greatly affect an individual’s health, it can also be costly for a congregation. Indirect costs associated with unhealthy lifestyles include:

  • Sickness
  • Depression
  • Low community participation
  • And some cases loss of life

 

    According to a study by Harvard University, medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on well programs, and absentee costs fall by about $2.37 for every dollar spent. For YOUR CONGRIGATION some of the costs may be indirect in that your medical costs savings will not always be direct savings to your community. Also, healthier individuals build healthier communities. Other potential benefits to a community wellness program include reduced stress, and improved morale.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    Vision Statement

    Connected Healthcare is dedicated to building a healthy community through the implementation of Education and Programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.

    Goals and Objectives

    1. Goal – Decrease dependency on tobacco products by offering programs on smoking cessation at least quarterly.

    Objective – Decrease dependency on tobacco by 10% within 12 months of program implementation.

    1. Goal – Educate individuals about the importance of maintaining a proper weight and maintaining a healthy diet through programs and initiatives.

    Objective – To have 20 individuals reduce their BMI by one level within 6 months of program implementation.

    1. Goal - Educate community about the importance of exercise.

    Objective – hosting quarterly programs to motivate community to exercise more. With a goal to get participants to collectively lose a predetermined weight goal

     

    1. Goal – Educate individuals about the seriousness of chronic health conditions to include heart disease, diabetes.

    Objective – Host chronic disease workshops quarterly

    1. Goal – reduce sick days due to flu

    Objective – Host inhouse flu clinic pre-flu season

    Timelines for Program Implementation

    • Sign contract
    • Assign Designated community representative (community wellness coordinator)
    • Customize program material
    • Setup account in my wellness portal

      Roles and Responsibilities

      Community Wellness Coordinator leads the efforts of a cultural change to establish the business as a model of health and wellness. The Coordinator models wellness and assesses the effectiveness of the community’s wellness programs to contribute to the body of knowledge in the health education/wellness disciplines by tracking the measurable impacts on the health of the community.

      Internal Volunteers – Internal volunteers will assist in logistics, classes and program facilitation.

      Marketing Strategies

      Connected Health will educate the individuals in the community about wellness and the various wellness related programs available by presenting wellness program information using a variety of media, coordinating an annual health and wellness fair and making educational presentations to management and group units on a periodic basis. Connected Health will encourage participation of individuals in the Wellness Program by developing and marketing incentive programs.

      Setup cost

      $5,500*

       

      Community Size

      Cost  

      1-200

      Call for details

      201-500

      Call for details

      501-1000

      Call for details

      >1001

      Call for details

      *please call for details and special promotional discounts

      Evaluation Procedures

      The Wellness program coordinator will track and communicate the effectiveness of the Wellness Program over time by developing performance measures by tracking and reporting on that data.

      Summary of Proposal

      The above information is a brief outline of the importance of a Community Wellness Program. We will be able to develop and implement this program with a minimal budget using a variety of resources mentioned above. We believe this program can help with the physical, emotional, spiritual growth of your community. We look forward to developing and managing this program.