The Georgia Health Policy Center aims to elevate lessons learned from communities working to establish local wellness funds. If you have experience developing a local wellness fund or are interested in other’s learnings, please take five minutes to take this brief survey.
The concept of a dedicated and sustainable wellness fund to support population health has been gaining momentum over the past decade as there has been increased recognition that improving population health requires addressing social determinants of health. Health collaboratives across the country are working to develop local wellness funds to finance community prevention efforts and address other drivers of health outside of the health care delivery system, like housing, education, poverty.
Local Wellness Funds: Advancing the Practice, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national effort to understand and disseminate details about how local wellness funds can be established and what leads (or does not lead) to growth and sustained development.
We want to hear from you! If you have experience developing a local wellness fund or are interested in other’s learnings, please take five minutes to take this brief survey.
The Georgia Health Policy Center defines a local wellness fund as a locally controlled pool of funds created to support community and clinical prevention and other wellness interventions that improve population health outcomes and reduce health inequities. Sources of funding might be public and/or private.
These funds may also be called prevention and wellness funds, wellness trusts, health impact funds, community resilience funds and pooled funding for prevention.
We are building a learning community made up of communities that are interested in learning more about and sharing experiences with the development and sustainability of local wellness funds. Join us on our learning journey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have experience you would like to share.