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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: The nonprofit Prevention Partners focuses on the leading health issues: decreasing tobacco use, increasing physical activity, promoting good nutrition and reducing obesity. Our web-based products guide decision-makers to transform workplaces, schools, hospitals, clinics and other settings by changing policies, environment and cultures from the top down. Our name changed to simply Prevention Partners late in 2013, reflecting the broadening scope of our work. As it has grown, Prevention Partners' work has evolved into the creation of web-based assessment and training products: WorkHealthy AmericaSM for workplaces, Zone Health for schools, and Quit Tobacco Systems for hospitals and health clinics. And while these programs are bringing prevention practices to more than two dozen states, our commitment to North Carolina is only deepening with Our Promise to North Carolina campaign, vowing to reach all 100 counties in the state where our work is rooted. Our ultimate vision: Healthy places change lives.

Results: We've coached hundreds of organizations — hospitals, businesses, schools, state agencies — in how to create healthy policies, benefits, and environments. More than a dozen organizations have reached our Excellence Recognition, our highest national standard for workplaces, created in 2013. For employees, this means working in a tobacco-free environment, access to nutritious, affordable food, access to physical activity during the work day, and many other benefits that make healthy choices the norm.

Target demographics: organizations create cultures of health and wellness for employees, students, teachers, and patients

Direct beneficiaries per year: 383 organizations in 27 states, benefitting 630,077 employees, students, teachers and patients

Geographic areas served: across the country

Programs: change-process initiatives including WorkHealthy America, LearnHealthy, Patient Quit-Tobacco System, and LeadHealthy.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prevention Partners is the tool that has assisted us in taking JPS to the next level! We have been able to draw upon their expertise and implement best practices that make our goals a reality. The wellness initiatives our firm has implemented since being introduced to Prevention Partners is a world away from where we started. Our mission at JPS to Be Greater and that is exactly why we consider Prevention Partners a strategic partner to our organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My organization, NC School for the Deaf, did not have an active wellness initiative in place prior to our grant from NC Prevention Partners 2012. We have grown from D's and F's on our wellness progress report, to A's, B's, and one C. NC Prevention Partners have helped us to grow, to be accountable, and to reach and expect a higher standard in our workplace environment. We have had the opportunity to share all of this success with every employee benefitting. We have provided a healthier work atmosphere, increased awareness, and through NC Prevention Partners help, reward our employees for striving to be healthier. NC Prevention Partners have supported us through the website, webinars, seminars, and even visited us, which all have been an invaluable experience. We hope to achieve all A's before the years end, and could not have achieved any of this without the support and encouragement of NC Prevention Partners Team. NC Prevention Partners have empowered us to be healthier, raised our awareness so that we can acheive our goals, and supported us every step of the way. Thank you for the opportunity to share. Joy Clark, Nurse Manager, NCSD.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My organization, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, has been involved with Prevention Partners as a part of the Work Healthy America initiative for 5 years. Prevention Partners is a valuable ally in our wellness journey. We have been able to acheive the Gold Apple and Gold Star recognition as a result of their guidance and continued support. The organizational coaches who work for Prevention Partners are knowledgeable, genuinely caring, and serve as great motivators in the process of cultural change. I use the resources provided frequently such as the sample policies and case studies from the toolboxes. These tools make it easy to find examples of what other organizations have done well and give me the foundation to build a case for a Culture of Wellness that the Senior Leaders at CHS Blue Ridge believe is valid and worthwhile to invest in. Prevention Partners has often times given me the encouragement to keep pushing along for organizational change when it seemed like I was hitting a wall. CHS Blue Ridge has also benefited from the opportunities provided by Prevention Partners to be a leader in our community and reach out to other companies to help start a cultural change in their workplaces. I believe that Prevention Partners is a driving force in wellness that will continue to have an immense impact on the work environment locally in NC and across our country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prevention Partners has been an excellent resource to us in growing our wellness program and being able to resource best practices. They are instrumental in connecting us with others in the field who are prepared to share their skills and experiences with others, that is invaluable. We have also found their tool box to be of significant value in accessing policies, worksheets etc which allows us to work smarter, not harder. This is a partnership highly recommended for all who are engaged in population health work and wellness programming. Debbie Bellenger, Director of Wellness CaroMont Regional Medical Center

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For nearly two years, the Oklahoma Hospital Association has worked in partnership with Prevention Partners through the Work Healthy America program. PP assists OHA in implementing WorkHealthy Hospitals throughout our state with the goal of improving health and wellness for hospital employees. They have developed and provided excellent, easy to use tools by which hospitals can assess, online, the state of their employee wellness environment and develop goals and strategies to improve each of these areas through evidence-based recommendations and work plan. This includes Culture of Wellness, Nutrition/Food Environment, Physical Activity and Tobacco Cessation. Oklahoma has been successful the first 15 months in engaging nearly 40 hospitals in this effort, with 10 reaching the highest Gold status in Tobacco Cessation and one reaching Gold status in Physical Activity.

Further, OHA, itself, has improved its own wellness policies and environment for our staff in each of the areas, already reaching Gold status in Tobacco Cessation.

Through consultation, PP provides OHA staff with regular, continuous support for all activities including educational webinars and online tools for all of our engaged hospital members. They are always available and easy to reach and provide continuous professional assistance for all of our needs. They respond to individual issues and questions and exercising flexibility in their own tools to meet our needs. In fact, they define excellent customer service! Always professional, the highly knowledgeable PP staff are easy and fun to work with. Without their support, we would never have been able to accomplish the successes of improving wellness and health by touching nearly 26,000 hospital staff statewide in just 15 months. OHA looks forward to our continued partnership! Prevention Partners is a relatively small non-profit organization - but they are mighty!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've assisted Prevention Partners with their video needs in the past, including shooting on location and editing. While on location I had the opportunity to interview people that have benefitted from the implementation of Prevention Partners' services and expertise. The difference they make on an organizational as well as an individual level was easily seen, and I know how dedicated they are to their mission and seeing it through with clients in all sectors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have found Prevention Partners to be a very professional organization who truly care about people's overall health and wellness.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their name says it all, Prevention Partners… Prevention Partners lives up to their name by demonstrating the ability to consistently deliver the highest standards of wellness to clients while also seeking partners that bring diverse backgrounds and innovative wellness perspectives to the table. Prevention Partners exemplifies the type of vision & collaboration necessary to create meaningful and long term healthcare change in America. I’m proud to be a Prevention Partner.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to have a 'triple play' with this organization. I am member of the community served, I am a community partner, and I am proud board member. This allows me to see first-hand and through multiple ways the benefits and effectiveness of the delivered solutions. The passion, scientific vigor, and the measurement/results are truly world leading. I am most impressed with the continuous improvement lead through innovations due to an unwillingness to accept current success. This organization makes a difference in what really matters: creating a healthy community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen many groups and individuals work on trying to create a healthier community and Prevention Partners is perhaps one of the most successful. Their approach is based in both solid research but more importantly in the reality of the community. They work on community change through a systematic approach that takes into account the largest levers of change in the community - local leaders, businesses and particularly hospitals. By providing support for these groups to make policy and environmental changes to improve health and see immediate benefits from these changes and a healthier community then has a strong foothold and champion. I look forward to seeing them continue this work across the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Prevention Partners was an excellent experience for my organization. They provided outstanding customer service and excellent resources to customize their offerings to meet my organization's needs. We worked with numerous members of their staff and gained real value from the partnership we developed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NC Prevention Partners set the bar for our early work in Delaware to improve the food offerings in our hospital cafe by their courageous and innovative work with hospitals in North Carolina! Some three years later our paths crossed again through the Children's Hospital Association and their connecting us to the NCPP's Work Healthy America program. Once again, Nemours was the recipient of NCPP's caring customer service; and the dedicated and hard-working Healthy Hospital team was thrilled to be recognized with a Gold Apple award for nutrition. I hope we will have the opportunity to work with the great staff of the new Prevention Partners for years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NC Prevention Partners has worked very closely with Surry County Schools. We have established a great rapport and partnership. We have depended on them for guidance in helping create a healthy environment for students and staff. We are proud that four (4) of our elementary schools have been awarded the Zone Health Award. The folks at NC Prevention Partners have supported us through the entire process. We appreciate their dedication and service and would love to see them receive the honor and credit they deserve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The NC Prevention Partners group has been very helpful to the Surry County School district and individual schools within the district. They were instrumental in assisting us with steps and procedures to work toward Zone Health. They answered emails and phones calls on a regular basis and were always extremely kind and helpful. They even made a personal visit to our school district. They were complimentary of programs we had implemented. All of our 19 schools are featured in white, green or red! Franklin Elemntary won the first Zone Health award in the state! Our relationship with NC Prevention Partners is strong, and we look forward to future successes with them as we strive to accomplish Zone Health for our district and individual schools. The program is a valuable component of health and nutrition education. There work is important.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the privilege of working with NC Prevention Partners for almost five years now and have observed a consistently high level of dedication, professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm toward accomplishing their mission. They are one of the uncommon non-profit organizations that truly understand that to meet their goals they need to run their business effectively, build strong partnerships with other organizations, and leverage technology to extend their reach. Their positive impact on the wellbeing of others is measurable and growing, much to the benefit of the individuals throughout the U.S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NC Prevention Partners has played a major role enhancing the wellness of hospitals, businesses and the general public in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and many other states. The tools they have provided assisted our hospital in assessing our current status in providing wellness to both our employees and our community. The best practice examples (also part of the tool kit) was extremely helpful in providing guidance on many issues. By providing an opportunity to network with other hospitals and businesses we have been able to share actual trial and error experiences and move the goal forward much more rapidly than if we had worked on the wellness program on our own. Thank you NC Prevention Partners, your help is and has been invaluable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In addition to the incredible work they do in the community, NC Prevention Partners is also helping to train the next generation of public health professionals. The organization offers a comprehensive internship program for local college students, both part-time during the academic year and full-time in the summer. Several of our students have completed internships with NC Prevention Partners and returned to rave about their experiences. The students worked on meaningful and challenging projects and received excellent guidance, support, and training from their preceptors. Thank you NC Prevention Partners!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Prevention Partners is an extremely well run organization - it is a collegial working and learning environment and as a volunteer I felt privileged to be a part of the team for the summer. The staff believe in and are passionate about prevention and implement what they recommend to their clients every day; from walking meetings and staff challenges to their very active wellness committee, Prevention Partners embraces and benefits from making the healthy choice the easy choice. Their work to help put prevention on the agenda of hospitals, government agencies, private organizations, and schools is putting North Carolina on the map as a leader in workplace wellness and their personal touch and attention to detail make them stand out from others in the field.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NCPP has made a difference in helping our company understand what is considered "best practice" in creating a culture of health and wellness within the workplace. This serves to influence the environment, and provides direction for best health in our people. A big thank-you for their leadership support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NC Prevention Partners combines a passion for employee wellness with staff who are knowledgeable, professional and responsive. Their enthusiasm and expertise make for an effective and rewarding working relationship.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program is proud to partner with North Carolina Prevention Partners (NCPP) as a Gold Standard Vendor for Work Healthy America members. NCPP is a distinguished non-profit organization and very well respected in the field of public health. NCPP has established an amazing program to provide technical assistance and support to hundreds of organizations and decision makers who have an established commitment to employee wellness. We are fortunate to be able to offer the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less weight management program to these organizations as a complement to their wellness initiatives, which are constantly growing and improving thanks to the great work of Prevention Partners!