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A Community Plan to Support Health & Wellness in Wilson
Wilson Wellness Collaborative represents a cross-sector collaboration of community stakeholders committed to the improvement of health and wellness in Wilson by working to achieve the following goals:

  1. The residents of Wilson will be physically healthy

  2. The residents of Wilson will be emotionally healthy

  3. The youth of Wilson will have healthy beginnings

Wilson Forward serves as the facilitator to numerous community partners who are providing diverse resources, experiences, and leadership to the structure and implementation of a holistic approach to community health. Wilson Forward is facilitating the development of a collaborative community health plan with the joint leadership of Teresa Ellen (Wilson County Health Department) and Candice Rountree (Wilson County Dept of Social Services). Our stakeholders recognize that the most effective strategies for improving the long-term health of our population must have a central focus on the social determinants of health.

By setting social determinants of health as a priority in this collaboration, the Wilson Wellness Collaborative will address some of the most significant influences to the health of our population. The Plan presents the identified goals and actions for programs and practices that will promote health and wellness in the Wilson community.

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Background and Overview
WWC News and Resources

In October of 2018, community stakeholders from various sectors gathered to discuss the priorities and process for this collaborative health plan.  Guided by a planning committee comprised of leadership from the Wilson County Health Department, Wilson County Department of Social Services, Wilson Forward, Wilson Medical Center, United Way of Wilson County, and the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, the group convened 10 collaborative planning sessions with community partners from numerous organizations representing most sectors in Wilson.

Through these planning sessions and building upon the successful work of two previous community plans led by Wilson Forward (the Beyond 21 and the Youth Master Plan of Wilson County), the group identified 7 interconnected focus areas to guide the process, priorities, goals and actions of the Wilson Wellness Collaborative plan development:

  • Nutrition/physical activity/obesity

  • Substance misuse

  • Food insecurity

  • Affordable housing

  • Mental health and trauma

  • Early screenings and detection

  • Teenage pregnancy and STI’s

  • PreK/early intervention


In May of 2019, the Wilson Wellness Collaborative plan was presented to over 70 community partners. A culmination of 8 months of collaborative planning and community partner input, the Wilson Wellness Collaborative plan was drafted to guide the strategic work of the initiative in its area of focus. Designed as a living document, the plan works to both guide the Wilson Wellness Collaborative towards its identified goals, and adapt as new opportunities and challenges are presented to the community.


The Wilson Wellness Collaborative meets 6 times per year to provide updates on new and ongoing initiatives, identify and implement new strategies for community support and strengthen community partnerships that support the work of the WWC.

Community Partners
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Committee Co-Chairs:

Laura Owens (Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc.)

Lori Walston (Wilson County DSS)


Initiative Facilitator:

Wilson Forward

Collaborating Agencies/Organizations:

AmeriCorps VISTA


Barton College

Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc.

City of Wilson

Community Impact North Carolina

Diversified Opportunities Inc.


Wilson County Emergency Medical Services

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson

Hope Station

Integrity Unlimited CDC

Land of Learning

Legal Aid of NC

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Wilson County


Next Step Life Coaching

OIC of Wilson

Salvation Army/Project CATCH

Seeds of Hope


United Way of Wilson

Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government

Vidant Health

Wesley Shelter

Wilson Chamber of Commerce

Wilson County 4H Youth Development

Wilson County Partnership for Children

Wilson County Public Library

Wilson County Health Department

Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition

Wilson Community College

Wilson County Department of Social Services

Wilson County Schools


Wilson Crisis Center

Wilson Education Partnership

Wilson Family YMCA

Wilson Forward

Wilson Housing Authority

Wilson Medical Center

Wilson Police Department

Wilson Pregnancy Center

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