PLAINVILLE, Conn. (December 2, 2016)
– Wheeler and Mott Corporation have formed an innovative collaboration to promote community health and wellness, and engage underserved individuals and families in Bristol and New Britain in accessing primary and behavioral health care information and services.
With support from Mott Corporation, Wheeler added a full-time community health outreach worker, Bristol resident Lisbeth Barreto, who will use a peer-based education model to engage families in culturally and linguistically responsive health care services, including those provided at Wheeler’s Health & Wellness Centers in New Britain and Bristol. The community health worker model builds on the belief that community members are experts in their own lives and in their own communities, and harnesses local expertise, relationships and trust to improve engagement in primary and preventative care, chronic disease management and patient education and advocacy.
“Mott Corporation has shown extraordinary leadership and vision by making an investment in the health of the communities where their employees live, work and do business,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, President and CEO, Wheeler. “This investment extends well beyond the company’s charitable contribution. Many Mott employees have become health ambassadors, volunteering their time to promote health and wellness at local housing authorities, recovery events and community forums on opioids. Boris Levin and all of the Mott staff are at the forefront of a new and very proactive type of philanthropy, and we’re excited to advance this vision with them.”
“Wheeler is a phenomenal organization that has done so much to bring healing to countless people in Connecticut. We’re so grateful for the work they do,” said Boris Levin, President and CEO of Mott. “As an employee-owned Connecticut business, we care deeply about the community that we live in. Our employees are inspired by Wheeler’s mission and we are honored to contribute to healing, growth, and positive change for people cared for
Elements of the Wheeler/Mott Corporation Collaboration
Community Health Outreach Worker
- The new community health outreach worker will engage families through local outreach and health education, including visits to homes, churches, workplaces, local markets, community fairs, schools and other neighborhood gatherings. Individual and group presentations focused on health promotion and healthy choices also will take place, as well as efforts to engage local residents in routine health care services.
Mott Health Ambassadors
- Mott Corporation employees also help Wheeler improve community health by participating as health ambassadors in an array of community-based health outreach activities, including recovery walks, neighborhood health and wellness fairs and events, and community conversations about addiction, mental health and recovery.
“Volunteering for events with Wheeler as a Mott Health Ambassador has been a truly rewarding experience. Getting a chance to participate in local events and educational panel discussions to raise awareness on issues that affect all of us really gave me a good perspective on how important Wheeler programs are to the people in our community,” said Patty Cruickshanks, Sales and Marketing Services.
Mott Corporation has contributed to Wheeler in a number of meaningful ways for close to a decade, including significant leadership support for Wheeler’s Golf Classic. In 2015, Wheeler’s Board of Trustees presented the agency’s Hands & Hearts Award to Mott for the company’s outstanding support of Wheeler’s mission.
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Established in 1959, Mott Corporation is a high precision filtration and flow control company trusted by the world’s best known technical and performance brands. Our strategic vision is to deliver technological breakthroughs where none currently exists. Mott’s highly customized precision filtration and fluid control platforms deliver 2X performance advantage for a range of mission critical applications, from missions to Mars to implantable medical devices. Headquartered in Farmington, CT, Mott is a 100% Employee Owned Company with offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.mottcorp.com.
Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes and hopeful tomorrows for more than 30,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: www.wheelerclinic.org.
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