Spartanburg's Way to Wellville Core Team, with additional support from Georgia Health Policy Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, partnered with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to explore ways to improve health, well-being, and economics among small employers and their employees in Spartanburg.
In 2016, we formed the Small Employer Collaborative to help us identify some of the most pressing health concerns facing our business sector. The Collaborative envisioned a cooperative approach to providing health and well-being services to their employees. Based on this early guidance, we developed the concept of a Wellville Exchange that could provide Spartanburg’s small employers with a variety health-related services, including shared health and wellness services, access to narrow networks, virtual health, and a digital well-being academy.
After extensive research and planning, in June 2019, the Wellville Core Team and Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce decided not to pursue a launch of the Wellville Exchange at this time. The process of developing the Wellville Exchange concept was very informational and has led to many lessons about how best to engage the business sector in community health improvement. One of the key discoveries was the importance of a model already being implemented by the United Way of the Piedmont. The United Way had been engaging with employers to provide a Community Resource Coordinator who can work with employees on health and well-being needs. As the United Way pilots this model with more employers, the Wellville Core Team and Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will provide support and advocacy as needed.