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5 Takeaways from Wello’s Well-Being Survey Results

Last Wednesday, Feb. 12th, Wello presented the findings of our 2019 Community Health and Well-Being Survey.  We celebrated the milestone at our first-ever Well-Being Summit at St. Norbert College with more than 150 community members in attendance.  At the summit, our research team shared the data which was collected in July-August of 2019 using the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire.  

In the event you couldn’t attend, here is the “need to know” info from the Summit:  

Five Big Takeaways from Wello’s Health and Well-Being Survey Results

About the Survey:  To truly know how people are doing, you have to ask them.  And that’s what a well-being measure like WHOQOL-BREF does.  First, respondents are asked to rate their overall Quality of Life and the Health Satisfaction, in order to capture a high-level perspective of health and well-being.  The second part of the survey consists of questions about four key areas of well-being: physical, psychological, social connectedness and environments. The resulting data is used to calculate well-being scores for each key area as well as a composite well-being score.    

Our Scores:  Despite 92.4% of Brown County respondents reporting “good” or “very good” on the Quality of Life rating, the scores for the key well-being areas (physical, psychological, social connectedness and environments) told a different story.  As a community, our highest area of well-being was physical, followed by environments. Our lowest areas of well-being were psychological and social connectedness. Interestingly, none of the area-specific scores achieved the score associated with “high well-being.”  In fact, when you put our well-being scores on a 100 point scale, none of our key areas scored above a B-.   

Diversity, Inclusion and Disparity:  Well-being in the four key areas differed by education, income level and race/ethnicity.  Individuals with higher education and annual income levels reported higher well-being and Non-White individuals reported a lower well-being scores compared to White individuals. 

Community Connectedness:  We found a strong connection between sense of belonging and overall Quality of Life.  This finding is exciting because it supports an existing body of research showing that developing a sense of belonging and an inclusive community are especially important in determining quality of life and well-being of the individuals living there. 

Action:  Of course, the next question on everyone’s lips is “now what?”  In the coming months Wello will be working with community partners to ground-truth this data through a series of round table conversations.  Based on the survey results and round tables, Wello will be spearheading targeted Well-Being Impact Projects in the coming year

Phew!  That’s the skinny on the Summit.   Want to get more involved in the future of well-being in our community?  Contact us at  

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