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To take action, we need to know where we are starting.

Well-being is the sum of our individual perspectives and community conditions. Wello's well-being measures provides strategic guidance for local action driven by a network devoted to collective impact.

The 2021 Health and Well-Being Survey period is now closed. Results will be shared with the community at the Wello Well-Being Summit in February 2022. 

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2019 Community Health and Well-being Report

If citing this survey data, please use the following citation:

Wello. (2020). Community Health and Well-Being Survey: Brown County, Wisconsin, 2019 Survey Results. Retrieved from

Your Voice Matters: Now Recruiting Diverse Perspectives from Brown County!

Learn more about Wello's Community Health and Well-Being Panel which allows residents 18 and older a platform to continuously share their voice and provide valuable direction for our community.

We uncover and monitor data and trends that affect our daily lives.

Wello's primary data collection tool is based on the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life – BREF survey. This collects the local, Brown County voice in four discrete elements of health and well-being.  These include an individual’s:

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Results will allow us to pinpoint where to take action to address the unique factors that are preventing people from being as well as possible. It also showcases where progress is made over time.

Visualizing Greater Green Bay’s Well-Being

How would you rate your quality of life?

How satisfied are you with your health?

Very good
Neither poor nor good
Very poor
Very satisfied
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied

Why Not Stop Here?

Imagine someone asking, “How are you doing today?” More often than not, you may answer “fine” although you may be experiencing pain, loneliness, or illness. These two summary questions are important but do not capture the whole picture.

The survey dives deeper, asking specific questions regarding an individual’s life based on four domains: physical and psychological health, social relationships, and the environments in which we live, work and play. Each domain has a max score of 20 for a total possible community composite score of 80. Below are our composite scores. When compared to the reference value of 70 that is indicative of a good quality of life, 22.4% of respondents had a score of 70 or greater.

Total Composite Well-Being Scores

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**Score of 70+ Indicates "Good" Well-Being

Diving Deeper: Areas of Well-Being





Physical Health

Feeling good to live a full, well life.

Physical includes activities for daily living, dependence on medical substances and medical aids, energy and fatigue, mobility, pain and discomfort, sleep and rest, and work capacity.

Score: 15.9 out of 20

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1 in 5 Pain

Nearly 1 in 5 participants (18%) felt physical pain at least "moderately" prevented them from doing what they needed to do.

9% reported "not at all" or "a little" in regard to having enough energy for everyday life.

Only 57% reported feeling "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their sleep.


In the area of physical health, we scored 15.9 out of 20. The benchmark mark for "good" well-being is 17.5 out of 20.

Supporting Brown County, WI Metrics

Adult Obesity Rate


2019, County Health Rankings

Adult Physical Inactivity


2019, County Health Rankings

Poor Physical Health Days

2019, County Health Rankings

Community Action

Thousands more people are on the trails during the winter months because they are now plowed!

Read more in our community stories

Psychological Health

A sense of purpose and mental clarity to thrive.

Psychological includes bodily image and appearance, negative feelings, positive feelings, self-esteem, spirituality/religion/personal beliefs, thinking learning, memory and concentration.

Score: 14.8 out of 20

1 in 4 Depression

More than 1 and 4 people (31.8%) reported having negative feelings such as blue mood, despair, anxiety, or depression "quite often," "very often," and "always."

17% of participants reported not being able to accept their bodily appearance "at all" or only "a little."

7% of participants reported not being able to concentrate "at all" or only "a little."


In the area of psychological health, we scored 14.8 out of 20. The benchmark mark for "good" well-being is 17.5 out of 20.

Supporting Brown County, WI Metrics

Medicare Beneficiaries with Depression


2018, US News Healthy Communities

Poor Mental Health Days

2019, County Health Rankings

Community Action

Work with Green Bay Area Public Schools to ensure all children, teachers and caregivers have the social, emotional, and academic skills they need to learn and thrive.

Read more in our community stories

Social Relationships

Supporting each other to live well.

Social relationships includes personal relationships, social support, and sexual activity.

Score: 14 out of 20

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1 in 5 sex life

About 1 in 5 (22.2%) reported "dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with how satisfied they were with their sex life.

76% of respondents were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their personal relationships.

70% of respondents were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with support they get from friends.


In the area of social relationships, we scored 14 out of 20. The benchmark mark for "good" well-being is 17.5 out of 20.

Supporting Brown County, WI Metrics

Social Associations

Member associations per 10,000 population

2019, County Health Rankings

Community Action

Established the Well-Being Influencer Network to connect individuals passionate about well-being and create opportunities for community work to be a fun, purposeful connection with neighbors.

Learn more on our Well-Being Influencer page.


Every person has the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential.

Environments include financial resources, freedom, physical safety and security, health and social care; accessibility and quality, home environment, opportunities for acquiring new information and skills, participation in and opportunities for recreation/leisure activities, physical environment (pollution, noise, traffic, climate) and transportation.

Score: 15.8 out of 20

1 in 4 Financial

About 1 in 4 people (28%) reported "moderately," "a little," or "not at all" having enough money to meet their needs.

86% reported feeling "very much" or "extremely" safe in their physical environment.

86% reported "mostly" or "completely" having access to the information they needed in their daily life.


In the area of environments, we scored 15.8 out of 20. The benchmark mark for "good" well-being is 17.5 out of 20.

Supporting Brown County, WI Metrics

Walk Score

2018, Walk Score

Bike Score

2018, Walk Score

High School Graduation Rate


2019, County Health Rankings

Poverty Rate

Children in Poverty

Households in Flood Hazard Zone


2016, American Community Survey

2019, County Health Rankings

2018, US News Healthy Communities

Community Action

Green Bay students now can ride the bus for free due to a collaborative agreement providing more access to school and the community as well as increasing walking and biking to and from the bus stop.

Read more in our community stories.

Additional Findings

Sense of Community

Results showed length of residence is not as important as feeling connected.

Developing a sense of belonging and an inclusive community are especially important in determining one's well-being.

To learn more about this analysis, visit our summary report - 2019 Community Health and Well-being Report



People who agree or strongly agree that they see themselves as a member of the community.

Data to Action

Participants were asked to identify one thing that would improve well-being in their community. Below are the top four resident identified themes and focus areas.

  • Walk, bike, and hike paths
  • Public transportation
  • Sustainability
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Sense of community
  • Housing
  • Wages and jobs
  • Address homelessness
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Mental health services

Our Measurement Partners

This survey is supported by our local research partners at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay's Consortium of Applied Research and St. Norbert College's Strategic Research Institute.


Our community partners include Brown County United Way, healthTIDE, and Brown County Health and Human Services.

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 This project is funded in part from a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, which includes the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation and donors of the Community Foundation.