Wellstar Community Report – July 2018 - June 2020

WHENTHENEEDISGREAT WELLSTARISTHERE Strong partners make strong communities. This year, reaching out was a team effort, and a labor of love.

Community Transformation Program Technology advances health equity by improving access to preventive services and ensuring delivery of culturally competent care. In 2020, Wellstar launched the Community Transformation Program. The first cohort of community-based partners, generously supported by the Wellstar Foundation, will leverage telehealth and health applications to benefit more than 5,000 clients in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Paulding, Pickens and Troup counties. These partners include Bethesda Community Clinic; Empowerment Resource Center; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia; Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb; and MUST Ministries.

Working Hand in Hand When COVID-19 got in the way of a collaboration between Wellstar and Open Hand, the two dedicated community partners found a new way to improve the lives of those impacted by the virus. For several years, Open Hand, which delivers thousands of meals each day to those in need, has been a beneficiary of Wellstar’s Day of Service. The two organizations have also collaborated on Food as Medicine, a prepared meal program. When both projects were halted in 2020 due to COVID-19, Wellstar and Open Hand worked together to ensure that patients treated for the virus don’t come home to an empty pantry with no access to food. Wellstar Population Health identify food insecure individuals returning home to quarantine. They inform Open Hand, whose team members take over from there, delivering much-needed nutritious meals.


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