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We are celebrating 20 years in 2024!

The Coalition has been around for 20 years, let some of our members tell you why…

Shelley Rich
Dan Buettner.jpg While working in Campus Recreation at Wichita State University, I was asked to promote the Healthy Wichita perception survey in 2008. This introduced me to the Health & Wellness Coalition (HWC) and I attended the 2009 Working Well Conference. I enjoyed the conference so much that I asked to join the conference planning committee. An early highlight of conference planning was in 2011 when Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones. In 2014, I joined the Sedgwick County Health Department as the Worksite Wellness Health Educator and became more involved in the HWC. When that job was coming to an end, I became the Health ICT Component 1 Coordinator for the CDC 1422 grant. At that time, I began facilitating the Coalition assisting Becky Tuttle. Since 2019, I have been involved in the process the HWC led to prioritize food in our community through the Food System Master plan which led to the development of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Food and Farm Council . I continue to facilitate the HWC and hope to grow our capacity to better serve the residents living in the greater Wichita area.