Our work at Be Well centers around our commitment to increase access to wellness services throughout our community. Utilizing resources such as the Dane County Community Needs Assessment we know there are inequalities in our public health system. We believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to address their wellness, reguardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, or income.
By coming together we can have a strong impact on filling the gaps to equity's access and building a sustainable model for continual, coordinated care.
Launching right before the pandemic hit, we remain committed to moving forward. We value the work and partnerships we've created, and look forward to creating new ones.
Starting in Fall 2020, this partnership allowed us to pilot two programs through joint grants.
We have continually offered weekly massage therapy for older adults with chronic pain. This has been funded by the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Engaged Practitioners: Laura Novak, Seth Jensen, Katie Keitt-Pride, Hannah Conley, Iris Mickey, Esther Martin
Youth Mental Health:
We offer individual therapy to youth as well as staff training and support. This has been funded by the David and Nancy Welsh Foundation. *This program has been put on hold due to BLW youth staff changes.
Engaged Practitioners: Liza Hahn, Kristen Radtke, Jamie Pekarek Krohn
Starting in March, we began offering acupuncture and massage therapy followed in April. We see potential for more modalities in the near future, too, and are working towards that!
We offer bimonthly acupuncture sessions for adults and children over the age of 12. Conditions treated include stress, headaches, back and neck pain. This is funded by a grant from MG&E.
Engaged Practitioner: Heidi Eimermann, MD
We offer bimonthly massage therapy for older adults with chronic pain. This is funded by the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Engaged Practitioners: Amy Stoddard, Ashley Disrud, Emily Brock, Esther Martin
Starting the summer of 2021, we created four Live Well @ Your Library wellness events held at different neighborhood branches. These events centered on equitable access to resources, BIPOC practitioners offering wellness services, and listening and learning through community conversations.
Additionally, we distributed and invited feedback with a survey. If you are interested in sharing your voice and have a few minutes, we'd welcome you to take the brief survey here.
“Having a partnership with Be Well enabled our program to offer comprehensive one-one mental health services to our participants at a very crucial time in our community/society with the Covid-19 pandemic and all of it’s unprecedented mental health catastrophe. The opportunity for our marginalized families to receive high quality mental health services at a safe space and at no cost was immeasurable. My hopes are that some day we as a society take mental health as seriously as we do physical health to have little mental and wellness clinics in each community/neighborhood center in Madison.”
- Elsa Caetano, Youth Program Director Kennedy Heights Community Center
We are in the planning stage and hope to start offering services this Spring. This site will be funded by a small grant from UW-MATCH and allows us to bring in more modalities of services.
Stay tuned for updates!
If you have any questions about our initiatives and/or want to support our work, please CONTACT US
Our Clinic Focus
We understand that being well involves an intersectionality of needs. Our wellbeing is most effective when we utilize multiple approaches to help develop and maintain it.
By providing easier access to services and knowledge, our goal is to empower individuals to make the most informed wellness choices for themselves.
We listen to you. Our clinics are structured to allow community centers to craft specific programming that responds to their resident’s unique wellness needs.
The power of strong local relationships is crucial to making a meaningful impact. Connecting local wellness providers with members in their communities and building trust will have a positive ripple effect on us all.
In order to make real change and have the time necessary to build this trust, our programming needs to be consistent and sustainable. This requires moving away from both siloed offerings and dependency on volunteers. We recognize we need to work together, across wellness modalities, with a strong foundations and ability to pay clinic providers fairly.
Our Clinic Services
Below, you will see the potential programming that you can choose from to bring a community wellness clinic to your center or organization. We’ll work with you to help develop impactful services. This list is not exhaustive, so if there are areas you don’t see addressed just let us know and we’ll do our best to create it for you.
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This group is intended to inform you of choices and to facilitate collaboration among professionals, without recommending or prescribing. A listing on this website does not imply endorsement.