Hispanic Wellness Coalition
Hispanic Wellness Coalition is a non-profit entity whose mission is to provide opportunities for access to health care and information through the North Texas Wellness Fair and other programs designed to increase awareness of all forms of healthcare and healthy living opportunities available and to build relationships with health practitioners and wellness providers.
To serve and promote health and wellness in diverse communities through education, advocacy and access.
Working together to address the health disparities that exist among Hispanics in Fort Worth and North Texas by educating and empowering our community to make optimal health choices.
In 1998, the City of Fort Worth community assessment revealed several factors impacting the health of Hispanics. Limited access to health care due to lack of health insurance, chronic diseases, lack of transportation, no telephones, language barriers, and lower levels of education were contributing factors for the deficient state of health among Hispanics in Fort Worth.
Results on the percentages of those lacking health insurance were overwhelming. Almost one half of the population in Fort Worth without health insurance was Hispanic. Among the most common health problems in the Hispanic household, diabetes was the highest chronic disease reported.
Lack of exercise, high cholesterol diets, and lack of education were also some factors that were found among the interviewed population. These are considered attributable factors to the increase of early onset of diabetes and other chronic diseases. As a result, community leaders in the health and business profession joined together to host the First Annual Hispanic Wellness Fair that was held in 1999. This signature event is held in Tarrant County and brings together more than 80 exhibitors who offer free screenings, and health information. The Coalition was formed as a non-profit organization which included 14 active board members and one staff member. The North Texas Wellness fair hosts more than 4,000 attendees annually.