Program 1: Employee Wellness

image According to the 2013 Workplace Wellness Programs Study sponsored by the US Department of Labor & US Department of Health & Human Services, over the last several decades, an epidemic of “lifestyle diseases” has developed in the United States: Unhealthy lifestyles, such as inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and frequent alcohol consumption, are driving up the prevalence of chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pulmonary conditions. These chronic conditions have become a major burden, as they lead to decreased quality of life, premature death and disability, and increased health care cost. Furthermore, although chronic disease was once thought to be a problem of older age groups, there is a shift toward onset during Americans’ working age that adds to the economic burden, because of illness-related loss of productivity due to absence from work (absenteeism) and reduced performance while at work (presenteeism).

Out of concern about the impact of chronic disease on employee health and well-being, the cost of health care coverage, and competitiveness, employers are adopting health promotion and disease prevention strategies, commonly referred to as workplace wellness programs. However, the challenge for every employer in the United States is how to engage individuals in taking an active, meaningful and sustainable role in their health and well-being. Offering effective wellness programs that lead to healthy sustainable lifestyles must not be underestimated in our present economic environment. Implementing and expanding employer wellness programs may offer our nation the opportunity to not only improve the health of Americans, but also help control health care spending.

Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition works with for-profit and non-profit employers to help their employees achieve optimal health and well-being through the following:


  • To promote a culture of wellness by working with senior management
  • To educate employees that mental/emotional well-being is equally important as physical fitness
  • To provide fun-filled recreational music making wellness programs with scientifically proven health benefits
  • To offer opportunities to measure psycho-social changes through data gathering/data analysis

Peer-reviewed scientific research on HealthRHYTHMS demonstrated the following benefits:

  • Reduces Turnover
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves Communication
  • Team-Building
  • Builds camaraderie
  • Increases socialization
  • Reduces depression, anxiety, anger, and tension

for more information, please check research study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, on employee burnout under tab PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Program 2: Services to Refugee Populations


Since 1975, over 3 million refugees have been resettled in the United States. They have started new lives in communities throughout the country. The U.S. State Department notes that “the United States is proud of its history of welcoming immigrants and refugees” and that “the U.S. refugee resettlement program reflects the United States’ highest values and aspirations to compassion, generosity and leadership.

Many refugees resettled in the U.S. today have spent years in refugee camps, have experienced trauma, are disabled, have limited work skills, and are not literate in their native languages. The long-term effect of these issues often appear long after the initial resettlement process, when the individual is no longer focused on survival and adjustment and can begin to process past traumatic events and start to move beyond them. These refugees require a broad range of services such as medical and psychological care and intensive English language training in order to even begin to be able to transition to self-sufficiency.

Older and disabled refugees are at greater risk of falling through the gaps of humanitarian relief, with big impacts on their health, living conditions and social integration, than other refugees.

In 2013, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) designated GMW administrator and fiscal agent of the older refugee program in Hamilton County. We serve individuals from Burundi, Bhutan, Congo, and Rwanda.

Program goals/objectives are:

  • To develop a comprehensive set of services for older refugees and their families
  • To assist older refugees in obtaining citizenship and naturalization services
  • To help older refugees and their families access community resources
  • To actively engage them in health & wellness activities in order to reduce depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Services provided include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Recreational/socialization activities
  • Music & wellness programs
  • Interpreter services
  • Citizenship Preparation
  • Exercise
  • Art programs
  • Music appreciation
  • Cultural Events