Who We Are:
Mission: The mission of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Inc. (Access), is to promote sustainable health and improve the quality of life by addressing public health and public education needs.
Our aim to prevent, reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic inequities among vulnerable, underserved and uninsured minority communities through several innovative avenues. Our goals are as follows:
- Identify and address the economic, social, environmental and behavioral determinants that can lead to improved health
- Reduce risk factors and supporting health behaviors among individuals, male and female adults and the elderly; and
- Optimize healthcare access and quality
- Identify and build partners/collaborations
- Identify and address the complex underlying causes of health inequities and define specific strategies to target them
AWPLI provides a variety of wraparound and direct services including but not limited to tobacco control, life and social skills and healthy living training, assessments/surveillance, health screenings, non-conventional to include hypnosis , acupuncture, progressive relaxation, care coordination, coaching and group discussions.
Organizational Description: Services and Programs
Access is a leading Maryland public health safetynet provider in Prince George’s County and a Community Health Resource pursuant to the Maryland Community Health Care Access and Safety Net Act of 2005. Access is a center for community health education, resources and referrals, community participatory research. We are dedicated to the prevention, reduction and elimination of health inequities through promoting and improving access and affordability to human, health and social services. Access strategically identifies and utilizes a socioecological and collective impact approach to its high quality, culturally competent, cultural and linguistically appropriate services.
Access builds partnerships and increases the capacity and social capital of underserved populations on the local, regional, and national levels, to achieve health equity. An exceptional asset of Access is our immense wealth of knowledge and expertise on the successful reduction of racial and ethnic health inequities across diverse populations. Access’s multisectoral partnerships include: community based social and health service agencies; county health departments; national, regional and county wide human, health and social services improvement coalitions, partnerships and networks; colleges and universities; community health centers (CHC) and community development specialists.
Services We Offer:
We offer services in tobacco control, community participatory research, consulting, training, health disparities (infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, cancer) prevention, promotion, interventions/policy and advocacy.
Current promising practice programs noted by The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: “Butt Out” Tobacco Control and Cancer prevention; and Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County; Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative
“Men’s Prostate At Church Training” (M-PACT) (UMD- School of Public Health)
“Community Transformation At its Best”(C-TAB)
“Educating Congregants Beyond the Pulpit”; Faith-based Health Ministry Training
“Arms of Our Community” – Outreach Community Health Workers.
“Men’s Health Initiative”
2008 – Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Coalition (REACH) invited the state of Maryland to participate in a three year training aiming to equipped nine state teams with effective and necessary skills, tools, resources, and strategies for developing, assessing/reassessing, evaluating and implementing evidence based approaches to building healthier communities and eliminating health inequities. Under the leadership of Dr. Carlessia Hussein Director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities selected eight statewide leaders to participant in CDC REACH training. Bettye Muwwakkil PhD Executive Director of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living, (Access) Inc., was selected as Maryland Team Leader. Access Inc., was selected as the pilot organization to participate in this CDC project.
2009– First community based organization to receive a three years grant from the Maryland Community Resource Commission to implement infant mortality prevention/intervention services. 2010 present Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative is noted as a promising practice by DHMH. 2010 Bettye Muwwakkil PhD Executive Director and Ralph Williams Chief Operating Officers of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living, (Access) trained at Morehouse with the honorable former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and the Mt Sinai School of Medicine (Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center.
2011 – Selected by Health Resources and Services Administration to video Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative film to present at its 75 th Anniversary celebration of Healthy Start program. Bright Beginnings of PGC was selected among four in the Nation.
2011 – Outreach Community Services Award from the Maryland Center at Bowie State University.
2012 -County Executive of Prince George’s County Award for Outstanding Services.
2008 to present – Butt Out: Tobacco Use and Cancer Prevention program is a vendor to the Prince George’s County Health Department. Announced as a Safety Net provider by the Maryland Community Health Resource pursuant to the Maryland Community Health Care Access and Safety Net Act of 2005. Partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide health training and publication services.
2012- Bright Beginnings of PGC is a certified Healthy Families of America (HFA) service provider with trained staff in the critical elements”of HFA.
2014 – Executive Director Bettye Muwwakkil named “Business Woman of the Year” by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce
Strategies for Sustaining Our Organization
AWPLI’s sustainability plan incorporates creativity and ingenuity in gaining support and maximizing resources from community members, political representatives, county health officials and community institutions.
Dr. Bettye Muwwakkil, Founder/President of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living, Inc, has over thirty years experience in proven leadership and is recognized for her many accomplishment in empowering women to lead healthy lifestyles, shall take the lead in implementing the sustainability plan for the program. Specific strategies include but are not limited to the following:
- Building a culture of shared responsibility: including but not limited to partnering with the Be-Whole Foundation a community-based organization aimed to eliminate health disparities. Be-Whole Foundation provides funding and in-kind support; partnering with Living the Vision Empowerment Coalition and health and social justice coalition comprised of a consortium of wraparound service providers. The coalition offers in-kind support, fundraising efforts, consultant services, and volunteering service.
- Staff Development: Training staff on new and improved evidence-based, best practices and promising practices in an effort to increase knowledge, raise aware, change attitudes and to improve service deliverables.
- Utilizing and maximizing existing program resources.
- Advocating and Creating County wide awareness about the organization and translating its importance/role in reducing racial/ethnic health disparities in the State of Maryland . This also includes awareness that to bring about changes in health disparities the health care delivery system must change.
- Involving AWPLI Board of Directors to support fundraising efforts and service advocacy.
- Building strong relationships with key stakeholders.
- Researching resources and funding opportunities continuously.
- Integrating with existing program services: (AWPLI has partnered with Be-Whole Foundation, a for-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland with a mission to improve the quality of health for underserved individuals, families and communities to deliver fundraising activities, provide funding resources, and organization sustainability.)