The Wellbeing Partners grew from deep roots to activate change in community and workplace wellbeing. Wellbeing (health + wellness) is the secret ingredient to building social and human capital, which is necessary for Nebraska and Iowa’s future success.
We call ourselves “bridge builders” and that means we support the journey of member organizations, schools, neighborhoods, health departments, and teams to do their best in advancing the wellbeing of those whom they serve. We also bring many sectors together to solve big problems collectively.
This work is an honor and a calling for our 10 team members who come from diverse areas of expertise ranging from community organizing, health promotion, marketing, strategic planning, public health, and employer wellness.
You can find our team:
These are some snapshots of our team’s impact serving more than 120 member organizations, schools, partners and workplaces.
I am in awe of this incredible team and I am grateful to serve as a coach, guide, and visionary – alongside our Board – to ensure that this work cultivates wellbeing so every person thrives. Stay tuned as we share more about our holistic strategic plan focus on mental wellbeing.
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Feel free to reach out to me to learn more and join us in this movement!
Published August 2, 2021
This article presents three actions you can apply when feeling stress and overwhelm. You can engage those feelings through the mind and body to reduce the physical and mental impacts of stress on your health.
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Below are some key takeaways to continue exploring mental health awareness and self-care.
There have been several influences in my life that have helped to shape the person that I have become. My parents, my sibling, my husband, my children, my friends, my teachers, my co-workers….pretty much anyone that I have met has left a bit of themselves within me.
I was lucky. Incredibly lucky. Last summer, I was offered a job with The Wellbeing Partners, an organization whom I admired and an organization whom, in my eyes, has incredible potential to change the landscape of wellbeing in the communities it serves. My aim upon starting was to do my part to bridge the good work between worksite wellness initiatives and community health collaboration to assist in creating the most impact for the Greater Omaha and Des Moines Metros. I wasn’t sure how it was going to all play out, but I did know that the leadership at The Wellbeing Partners was incredibly strong and that the Board was very supportive of the mission and the direction the organization was headed. I was excited to bring my perspective to the team.
The Wellbeing Partners’ course has been charted. The organization is well on its way to bring together the great work of our legacy organizations – bridging workplace wellbeing and community health. After all, they are two sides of the same coin. Our workplaces are made of the community, and our community makes up the workplace.
While the CDC recommends that school age children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, it’s estimated that only 25% of children actually do. This winter, with the cold weather, the cancelation of many indoor sports opportunities, and the increase of screen usage for virtual learners, we knew it was vitally important to help advocate for students to have more opportunities for physical activity during their school day. To address this, The Wellbeing Partners teamed up with two of our OPS school partners, Skinner Magnet Center and Howard Kennedy Elementary for a “Walk & Roll Challenge”.
When I was in third grade, a classmate’s father died of suicide. It was the first time I had ever heard that word. While explaining what it meant to me, my mother, who did not at the time fully understand mental illness, told me that it was a selfish thing for him to do. I couldn’t fathom why a father would choose to leave his family like that—I didn’t fully understand mental illness either.
The global pandemic is bringing to light the importance of worksite health promotion for the health and wellbeing of your employees. The virus does not discriminate based on health status. Although living a healthy lifestyle will not prevent someone from contracting the virus, it may prevent, treat or reverse various chronic conditions that increase the risk for severe illness or death from the virus. It is estimated that up to 80% of chronic conditions can be prevented, treated, and/or reversed by lifestyle management (CDC).
“I need help thinking of things that kids can do at recess. They can’t use the playground. They can’t share toys. They can’t touch each other or be within six feet of each other. How can I help them remain physically active and enjoy their recess time?”