As the pandemic brings long-standing health disparities into sharper view, community health workers are coming to the forefront in the public health response. Community health workers “were sidelined but the needs of the community weren’t sidelined,” said Lisa Hamilton Jones, co-president of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition. Community health workers often work on grant-funded projects with a specific goal, such as improving blood sugar control among people with diabetes. Community health workers met one-on-one with half those people in 2013 and 2014 and helped them create plans to address their health and social needs. The program offers community health workers an opportunity to express concerns they have heard from the people they serve.
At Wellness Axis we want to encourage habits of wellness, Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to support a sense of community. Wellness can be thought of as the quality or state of being in good health.