The coalition works to foster a culture of individuals and families who learn and live fully-physically mentally, socially, and spiritually.
The coalition collaborates with churches, businesses, non-profits, and neighbors to promote the wellness of the Creston and Belknap Neighborhoods.
We work from a holistic understanding of health. We recognize that health (1) is influenced by contextual and cultural factors, (2) includes mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, (3) and requires both prevention and intervention.
Who We Are
The North End Wellness Coalition enjoys membership of approximately 30 non-profits churches, businesses and individuals who collaborate to promote the wellness of the Creston and Belknap Neighborhoods. The coalition seeks to foster a culture of individuals and families who learn and live fully— physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
NEWC and COVID-19
2021 and the story continues! A review of NEWC goals in 2020 indicated many of them had been achieved by the end of 2019. Couple that with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and it became obvious it was time to refresh NEWC to meet the needs of the current landscape. Suddenly our collective health had been threatened and health disparities for people of color had become painfully transparent.
Additionally the institutionalization of Black Lives Matter, and a stressful election demanded that we frame NEWC’s work around “health equity” a much broader purview than mental health and healthy behaviors. Accordingly NEWC reviewed current health status data from the Kent County Health Department and Calvin University and determined their work should target:
NEWC restructured itself into 4 Impact Teams to address these targets. Each team has a leader who orchestrates the meetings and a facilitator who provides resources, reflection, perfunctory work, and coordinates with other teams. NEWC has long held that health is a key to a thriving community. It shares the value of a thriving community with the Creston Neighborhood Association, the Creston Business Association, and the North Quarter Corridor Improvement Authority. NEWC proposes to be assimilated into the work of the Creston Neighborhood Association where its work can be seamless within community activity instead of an “add on”. NEWC seeks to be a part of CNA so that healthy living can become foundational to Creston’s increasingly thriving community.