Wello will publish the results of the 2021 Resident Health and Wellbeing Survey

When we think of health and wellness, we often think of healthy eating and exercise. These are important aspects of a healthy life. But we know it’s much more than that.

It’s about stress. It’s about being able to participate in daily activities without pain. It’s about having someone to call when you’re in trouble. It’s about having enough money to meet your daily needs. It’s about feeling like you belong and that you have the power to influence decisions in your community.

Exploring the health and wellbeing of Wello residents is an opportunity to measure and take collective action on the things that impact our ability to achieve our best and live our best, best lives.

This month, we’re releasing the full results of our 2021 Wello Resident Health and Well-Being Survey. The results give us a snapshot of how people in Brown County feel and experience all the things that affect their health and well-being, including their physical health, mental health, social connections and the environment in which they live, work, learn, pray and play.

This 360-degree view of health and well-being is important, especially when we think about the direct impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our ability to achieve high levels of health and well-being.

The study shows a decline in health satisfaction, sense of influence

So what does this data tell us?

► People reporting a good or very good quality of life decreased from 2019 (92.4% to 77.9%), and people who were satisfied or very satisfied with their health also decreased from 2019 (72.6% to 57.9%).

► There were also reductions in overall scores for physical health, mental health and environment (which includes things like financial resources, freedom, safety, security, access to services, transport, etc.).

► The social connection zone has increased slightly compared to 2019.

► Research continues to show differences in how health and well-being are experienced based on race, ethnicity, level of formal education, and household income.

► The survey also asks questions related to belonging, inclusion and power. From 2019 to 2021, fewer people said they saw themselves as members of the greater Green Bay (Brown County) community (88.6% to 82.9%). There were 36.6% of people who felt they could influence decisions affecting the community and 28.7% who felt the culture of our community accepted people with different ideas. Feelings of inclusion, belonging and power are important metrics to consider when building a vibrant community that works for everyone.

Wello uses a three-pronged approach to measure residents’ health and well-being. It includes a two-year survey, a panel study that follows people over time, and continuous opportunities for direct feedback from the community.

Panelists reported more mental health concerns, but some positive ones

The panel survey, which began before the pandemic and continued through the pandemic, provided additional information about our community.

Firstly, he also showed an overall decline in mental health with reported nervousness, depression, poor sleep and increasing isolation. These increases were experienced to a greater extent by women.

Second, hope and optimism about the future also declined. These decreases are again more pronounced in women.

Finally, there was a positive trend that emerged with panel members reporting that they walked every day or almost every day. This is an increase from pre-pandemic levels. This panel study is a unique opportunity to identify trends over time and deepen our understanding of health and wellness opportunities for our community.

Despite the myriad challenges, the pandemic has also created an environment that supports experimentation, innovation and collaboration. In greater Green Bay, our formal and informal network of well-being partners have come together to coalesce around a shared vision of community conditions that are fair and just, leading to high levels of well-being for all.

We’ve learned that there will be no single “grand solution” to the complex, systemic problems that cause health disparities. And even if a grandiose solution existed, it would be doomed to failure in the absence of space for healing, relationship building, and trust among community members.

Wello believes in a co-creation philosophy to forge solutions from the bottom up, through a process of trial and error, with constant input from all participants – especially those most affected. In this way, we can build a proactive culture of health.

You measure what matters. The health and well-being of every Brown County resident matters. Wello is committed to continuing this work so that our community members can author what matters most to them.

See this data and more on our website at www.wello.org/measure when the full report is published on October 10 in English and Spanish. And get ready for the next opportunity to have your say on the July 2023 Wello Resident Health and Wellbeing Survey.

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Nathalie Bomstad is the CEO of Wello. Wello’s goal is to co-create community conditions that are fair and just to promote high levels of health and well-being for all. Share your thoughts, questions and topic suggestions by emailing [email protected]

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