Creating Healthy Communities
Welcome to The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York!
The non profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York USA is a public benefit organization whose simple but challenging mission is to "Create Healthy Communities". The Institute's work is done by empowering people and organizations locally , statewide and across the nation. Founded in 1989, with offices in Downtown Buffalo New York the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo works with diverse teams of community-focused civic groups, non profit organizations, businesses and public sector partners , all of whom share a commmon Vision: to help make the communities they serve better places to live. The Wellness Institute recognizes that dedication to this goal is universal but that resources are not. With an understanding that opportunities to take meaningful action may be limited by available funds or mindsets, the convening of partnerships, creation of a shared Vision and developing a strategic plan , are critical skills the Institute poseses as an advocate and facilitator of positive sustainable change An ongoing challenge for the Wellness Institute has been to empower their clients with a proven set of strategic change process guidelines that advocate inter sector , inter disciplinary and comprehensive approaches for helping communities to best invest their precious resources in order to earn the most profound and sustainable return. A key concept with-in the Healthy Community model is a simple but powerful element; each community must first identtify and understand its' current reality and then create a unifying shared " community Vision" . The shared Vision sets the direction and points out the destination. Working together to achieve the shared Vision enhances the social capital (levels of trust and reciprocity)that allow people , organizations and communities to create their plan of action and navigate the trials , tribulations and joys along their journey to achieving their shared Vision and a sustainable quality of life.
The globally recognized “Healthy Community Model” identifies four forms of "capital" universally available for community reinvestment. These are; Social Capital, Environmental Capital, Economic Capital and Human Capital. Each of these forms of community wealth has its own unique and measurable indicators and impact potential. Together they interact to form a clear picture of the "health" of any community. An undersatnding of how to best manage and grow all the four critical components of community "wealth" is key to making powerful strategic investment decisions to enable the creation of a sustainable "healthy community".. The Wellness Institute staff, volunteers and partners manage a portfolio of community initiatives intended to increase the value of any community's stock of social, environmental, economic and human capital. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo offers industry leading advocacy, facilitation and leadership roles in …
Creating Social Capital: "Social Capital" is defined as the level of trust and norms of reciprocity that exist in communities. (Putnam)... Creating Social Capital
Creating Environmental Capital: The Wellness Institute, through its participation in community initiatives... Creating Environmental Capital
Creating Economic Capital: The Wellness Institute has employed strategic tactics in its efforts to have the “economy serve the people”... Creating Economic Capital
Creating Human Capital: The Wellness Institute is a Visionary leader in Western New York... Creating Human Capital
Haberstro Elected to Health Promotion Advocates Board of Directors
For Immediate Release
BUFFALO, NY- Philip L. Haberstro, Executive Director of the non-profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo was elected to the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Advocates.
Health Promotion Advocates ( www.HealthPromotionAdvocates.org ) is a National non-profit organization created to facilitate the integration of health promotion into public policy at the federal level. In electing Haberstro, the Health Promotion Advocates Board noted, “Phil is skilled in advocacy at the local, state and national level and brings that expertise to our Board along with his passion for the field of Health Promotion .”