TAHEC, located in Tuskegee, Alabama, was established in 1972 as a part of a system of AHEC’s to address the problems related to health resources shortages prevalent in rural areas of Alabama. TAHEC, Inc. serves 19 counties in Alabama’s Black Belt Region. In its scope and focus, TAHEC is dedicated to improving the quality of lives by reducing health disparities among rural residents with a special focus on the veteran population along with educating others about health-related issues. TAHEC has one of the largest education facilities in the Delta Region. TAHEC’s experience in working with rural populations has aided in the prevention of diabetes prevention programs in 3 of its 19 counties (Macon, Barbour, and Bullock). Preventive services have included diabetes prevention classes and preventive health screenings at health fairs, churches, schools, and other community outlets. They have staff on board with extensive training and certification in the use of Diabetes Learning Maps and two Diabetes Educators serving the Medical Reserve Corps (a cadre of professional health screeners). Since the inception of the SWAHII program, TAHEC has implemented the Body and Soul curriculum in churches in Barbour, Macon, and Bullock counties. For information on TAHEC, please contact Benjamin Rackley at 334-724-7586.

CHEAR is a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) status, located in Livingston (Sumter County), Alabama and is known in the community and State of Alabama as an organization of service. The organization was established to help meet the health, social, and educational needs of individuals in Sumter and surrounding counties. CHEAR believes that many illnesses can be prevented, delayed, or solved through better education and health-related resources. Since the organization’s inception, it has provided residents with access to transportation, home visitations and care coordination, diabetes classes, assistance with medication, and linkages to other health related social resources. CHEAR’s staff has rapport with communities which has earned them the respect of being one of the greatest organization for resources in Sumter County. As a partner of SWAHII, CHEAR implements the Body and Soul curriculum in churches in Clark, Choctaw, Pickens, and Sumter counties. For information on CHEAR, please contact Debra Clark at 205-499-6106.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is a comprehensive outreach and engagement program primarily associated with Alabama A & M and Auburn universities. The primary office that house the SWAHII grant program is in Selma (Dallas County), Alabama. ACES is known for providing educational opportunities and research-based information to targeted audiences and facilitating partnerships with individuals, groups, and agencies to help people improve their lives and livelihoods. They have the only statewide delivery model in Alabama to educate citizens in every county including underserved rural and urban residents. Auburn University has Extension offices located throughout the targeted counties that satisfy the goals and objectives of SWAHII. They currently implement the Body and Soul curriculum in Dallas, Perry, Wilcox, and Washington counties. For information on ACES, please contact Callie Nelson at 334-750-9570.

Health Now Home Health was recognized and certified in 1992 by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as one of model home health agencies promoting health and improving quality of life. Health Now Home Health, located at 751 Derby Drive in York, Alabama is scientifically measured and assessed by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is shown to provide good home health care services or products under the Medicare program. Health Now Home Health offers certified services in 5 counties in Alabama. To enhance the services area, HNHH provides home visits to patients with Chronic Care illnesses as identified through Hill Hospital Emergency Room’s specialized care coordination services in Sumter County.

Hill Hospital was opened in 1973 as the 33-bed replacement hospital. For many years the hospital was operated by Rush Medical Center in Meridian, Mississippi before the organization canceled the contract in 1992. To offset, the hospital developed a health care authority for more management to stay open. The hospital currently offers Emergency Room, Inpatient Acute Care, Swing Bed, and Clinical Detox. The remaining services (Home Health and the Rural Health Clinic) are located on the campus and managed by staff from the facility. As a part of the SWAHII program, Hill Hospital provides care coordination services utilizing an approved evidence-based curriculum for patients with Chronic illness as identified in its ER in Sumter County. For more information about Hill Hospital please contact Lisa Flowers at 205-392-5263.

Monroe County Hospital is a 94-bed facility with employees committed to providing exceptional hospital care through dedicated and professional personnel with modern medical and surgical services. They provide a full range of services associated with optimum health care. Monroe County Hospital has a recognized diabetes program by ADA until 03/31/2016. They provide services to the surrounding counties of Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Wilcox and Butler counties. They provide a cadre of services ranging from Chemotherapy/Oncology to Surgery. They house an Emergency Room, Outpatient Clinic, several community service programs. Monroe County Hospital currently implement the Body and Soul Wellness and the Chronic Care Management Curriculums in Monroe, Conecuh, Escambia and Butler Counties. For information on Monroe County Hospital, please contact Barbara Sims at 251-743-7369.