Be Well

Our Mission: Advocate for a healthy community culture through infrastructure, education, and programs to support healthy choices.

Our Vision: Build a culture of well-living where community support leads to unconscious lifestyle changes.

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Be Well invites community to action planning phase

Be Well Buffalo County met with Heidi with Epiphany for problem analysis

Be Well Buffalo County’s strategic planning process is officially underway. Over the last year, Be Well has developed a relationship with consultant group, Epiphany Community Services. At their meeting on November 28, 2016, Be Well walked through the first step of Epiphany’s process—a problem analysis session.

A problem analysis is designed to help the group understand what community issues are at play, and how they impact one another. It also dives into the causes of those community issues and validates concerns with specific data. Essentially, it helps to paint a picture not only of the challenges faced by the community, but the causes and conditions that pour into those challenges.


Heidi Bainbridge from Epiphany Services

Be Well Buffalo County worked with Heidi Bainbridge from Epiphany to walk through a problem analysis as a group. This allowed the group to identify the primary issues and their causes, rather than relying solely on the consultant team. Be Well came to a consensus that the primary issue it hopes to address is healthy lifestyles in Buffalo County. While that is a broad challenge, and there are lots of factors at play, the group narrowed the root causes to five: accessibility, nutrition, affordability, community norms and understanding of health.  “These five root causes guided an incredibly productive conversation about the way things are here in our community,” said Becky Squiers, coalition coordinator for Be Well. “We were able to really discuss what’s happening here—good and bad—that plays a role in building individual healthy lifestyles.”


Be Well Buffalo County members, Stan Clouse and Carol Schwarz, tell Heidi the list of problems they found in the community on their given issue.

The group will continue to re-visit that conversation and work through the local conditions to lay a strong foundation on which to build a strategic plan for maximizing healthy lifestyles in Buffalo County. Starting at the foundation—conducting a problem analysis—will allow Be Well to make the greatest impact in the most efficient way.

To get involved contact Becky Squiers, coalition coordinator for Be Well at:

Who we are & What we do

We are a group made up of like minded individuals who are trying to build a collective impact model and actionable steps for the community to take together. We are advocating for a healthy community culture through infrastructure, education, and programs to support healthy choices.  Our first step is researching the impact worksite wellness has on the overall health of our community. We are in the process of creating/sending a survey to Buffalo County Businesses that will collect data on worksite wellness programs that are in place in the community. Based on the data received, the next action steps will be created.


Conversations began in 2014 with four stakeholders, wanting to build a culture of wellness in Buffalo County. At the beginning of 2015, the conversation developed into monthly task force meetings with additional stakeholders joining them. The steadfast work of the group strengthened as they met regularly, collectively determined a mission and vision statement, and focused on the broad initiative of creating and facilitating community change aimed towards improved wellbeing. The change envisioned will be built on collaboration, mutual decision making, and cohesion for community members to develop ownership. Furthermore, the work will build and leverage the hot spots within the community while focusing on addressing the barriers and challenges that remain isolated.

Through a root cause analysis, the invested stakeholders defined areas to assess 1) physical activity 2) practice of eating 3) social and family engagement 4) fruits and vegetable consumption 5) stress (crisis management). These key areas were created as the common agenda and will guide community dialogue, capacity building among community stakeholders and discovery of local resources. The collective impact of Be Well will provide continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities to lead action among the priority areas. To implement action and create impact, Be Well will first focus on capacity building upon multiple levels; engaging stakeholders, identifying local resources, bringing awareness to all sectors, and facilitating data collection.

Be Well received funding from the Sherwood foundation, Ron and Carol Cope Foundation and CHI Health to assist in their work. With funding Be Well prioritized to collect data first. Data collection will happen through a survey distributed to the organizations within Buffalo County.



Workplace Wellness Research

Dr. Bree Dority was contracted to do research of national workplace wellness and return on investment. Here is her report of findings. From the report the group is creating a survey for local community businesses/organizations to complete.

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