The Wellness Coalition - Avalon East is one of six wellness coalitions in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The coalition consists of community, government and non-government agencies and others with an interest in promoting wellness and improving the health and well being of people in the Avalon East Region.
The Avalon East Region includes the St. John's and Mount Pearl metropolitan areas, Bell Island, Conception Bay South, the Southern Shore to St. Shotts, and Torbay to Portugal Cove.
Click here for a map of our coverage area.
The Coalition builds on the work of the former Heart Health Coalition - St. John's Region. Membership has broadened to include those with an interest in diverse aspects of wellness.
The Coalition is managed by a Steering Committee. It is responsible for the Coalition's broad vision, action priorities and budget. The Steering Committee includes representatives from the six wellness priority areas and several population groups.
The six priority areas are:
- Child and Youth Development
- Health and Literacy
- Healthy Environments
- Healthy Living (healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco control)
- Injury Prevention
- Mental Health Promotion
To advocate for wellness in the Avalon East region through awareness, education, empowerment, collaboration and action.
Awareness: The Coalition creates opportunities to promote awareness and understanding of wellness and its work.
Education: The Coalition shares information, skills, and learning environments that lead to effective health promotion and wellness in our communities.
Empowerment: The Coalition supports and encourages individuals, organizations and communities in their work for wellness through grants and health promotion activities.
Collaboration: The Coalition supports, nurtures and seeks effective partnerships that will further the goals of the Coalition and its members.
Action: The Coalition is committed to change that leads to wellness in our communities.
The logo offers the idea of a bird in flight. However it also suggests an ocean wave or rolling hills. The colour green represents health and well being while the subtle shades beneath represent the various groups and interests of the Coalition. The colours have also been chosen to reflect harmony and togetherness, symbolizing the Coalition's collaborative process for achieving its goals.
The Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, provides funding for the Coalition. Eastern Health provides staff and infrastructure support.