Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment from SAMHSA HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

The Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment is a performance improvement tool designed to increase an organization’s awareness of the key components of quality wellness enhancing services. This self-reflective process assists organizations to identify quality improvement opportunities in terms of what the organization needs to keep doing, stop doing and start doing. A comprehensive evidence-informed wellness program includes informing, engaging and guiding individuals to establish personally meaningful health goals and to acquire and apply knowledge and skills through education, problem solving, action step planning and implementation, regular feedback on progress and the modeling of effective wellness-enhancing strategies.

The self-assessment is divided into three key areas SAMHSA has identified as core wellness activities:

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Research has shown that combining an education and activitybased approach with emphasis on both nutrition and physical activity is most effective in weight management.

Tobacco Treatment: A multi-faceted approach, including policy and community-, medication-, and behavior-based interventions can increase tobacco cessation success among clients who use tobacco products.

Chronic Disease Self-Management: A comprehensive disease self-management program includes informing, engaging and guiding individuals to establish personally meaningful health goals and to acquire and apply self- management skills through education, problem solving, action step planning and implementation, regular feedback on progress and the modeling of effective self-management strategies. The inclusion of group-delivered approaches have the advantage of activating individuals through modeling, feedback, collective problem-solving, social networking and the hope and inspiration offered by peer support.

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