In 2021, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce and Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) embarked on a collaboration to share resources where appropriate in order to boost both organizations’ efforts in areas of overlapping interest. The organizations are separate entities, but they often meet concurrently and share in other ways.
Wellsville Health Coalition Purpose
Many community organizations and residents have shared goals when it comes to improving health and quality of life for students, families, and the community. In addition, there are many factors that affect health: physical, emotional, mental, social connections, income, environment, housing, proximity to healthy food and activities, etc. Therefore, the Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) exists to serve as a local health policy coalition that connects people working on such shared goals, facilitates cooperative and streamlined efforts as appropriate, and ultimately improves all aspects of health, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing. To accomplish this, the coalition seeks to monitor community-specific data, help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote activities, seek funding, and make a greater impact together.
Additionally, the WHC aims to prepare the community for healthy growth through attention to social factors affecting health, to serve as an example for other rural communities, and to coordinate with the Franklin County Health Department on community health assessment and planning.