3anniversaryThrough tears and smiles Debra Stephens shares her journey of drug addiction and living with HIV. She was one of many patients and colleagues who celebrated the 30th anniversary of CommWell Health Positive Life Program.

Established in 1987, the Positive Life Program provides patient-centered HIV Care to patients like Ms. Stevens. Under the leadership of Dr. Makondo Shimukowa, Positive Life Medical Director, the Positive Life Program cares for over 400 patients of all ages.

Stephens, a North Carolina native, contracted HIV in 1989 while living in New York. A few years later, the virus affected her spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. “They told me I’ll never walk again,” she said.

But she proudly expressed how God had another plan for her when she began her therapy. After her return to North Carolina, her struggles involved a battle with cocaine, harsh living conditions and overcoming a coma, while living in Raleigh. She later discovered CommWell Health’s Positive Life program decided to get clean on April 23, 2010.

“The program has grown rapidly over the last 30 years, and we love caring for Ms. Stephens and all of our patients. We have a compassionate team that our patients call their family.”

Ms. Stephens lives in Fayetteville, but she comes to “the country” to receive her care. She recommends the Positive Life Program for anyone who is going through the challenges of living with HIV or drug addiction. She says the people in the Positive Life Program value her as a person and don’t see her as another number.

The Positive Life Program now serves 451 patients and has been recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services best practices HIV medical and dental care integrations. More recently, the program received the National Rural Health Association’s 2017 Outstanding Rural Health Program.

“We are proud of our Positive Life program colleagues in their work to provide the best care to persons living with HIV,” says Pam Tripp, CEO of CommWell Health. “These people could work anywhere else in the world, but they chose to be here.”

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birdCommWell Health joined Community Health Centers across North Carolina to participate in a movement, literally, by doing the wobble!  The CommWell Health team believes being healthy is a choice, and the more opportunities colleagues have to become healthier, the more likely they will adopt a healthier lifestyle.

In keeping with CommWell Health’s core competency of “Holistic Community Health”, on Friday, October 20th, CommWell Health highlighted its colleague wellness initiative at its campus in Newton Grove Spivey’s Corner with the “Wobble” line dance.  Colleagues and members of the Leadership Team wobbled in conjunction with the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS).  The show plays the Wobble at the top of the 8 a.m. hour every Friday.

Activities like the Wobble have many positive results:

  • studies have shown direct health benefits of doing line dances like the “Wobble”, and;
  • the sense of well-being and camaraderie participants have with one another also positively impacts health

The Tom Joyner Morning Show is nationally syndicated in 132 markets across the country.  Mr. Joyner gave CommWell Health a “shout-out” during the Friday morning broadcast!

(Click Here to see CommWell Health colleagues in action on YouTube!)

If you have questions about how CommWell Health has enhanced their culture of wellness by introducing the Wobble, please contact Sarah Parker, Chief Talent Officer at CommWell Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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