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The Washington County Wellness Initiative is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the numerous organizations, coalitions, initiatives, and projects providing services to our residents with the goal of improving the overall “health” of the communities throughout the county. 

How It All Started

  • Washington County Health Department (WCHD) performed Community Health Surveys in 2005 and 2010. From the results of these surveys the County Health Improvement Process (CHIP) was developed using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process during 2005-2010. The Washington County Wellness Initiative (WCWI) was established to address the four identified focus areas: healthcare, lifestyle/prevention, mental health, and poverty.

WCWI Functions

  • Serve as the 501(c)(3) fiscal agent for member organizations, work groups, committees, initiatives, and projects
  • Encourage member engagement and to pool community resources
  • Improve Washington County communities’ capacity to obtain optimum health and social well-being outcomes for our citizens
  • Collaborate with the Washington County Health Department to conduct assessments to identify gaps in services
  • Implement plans and strategies to address gaps
  • Memorialize the institutional memory of the WCWI and all of its partners to aid in sustainability and organizational compliance