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The Well

Health Advocacy
Representative Research
Community Development

Who Are We?

We are people. We are health care workers. We are community members. We are parents, children, grands, aunts, uncles and siblings. We are you.

And we care.

 

We are concerned with the health and well-being of those who do not have full access to health information, medical care and wellness resources due to their color, ethnicity, age, finances, education or geographic location.

 

And we care enough to do more.

How often have you sat in a waiting room for an hour, only to get 5 minutes with the doctor? Have you ever had felt like your doctor wasn’t listening to you or continually ignored your concerns? How about when they tell you what you have without really explaining exactly what the condition is? Do you ever feel like there is no opportunity to ask questions because you’re being hustled through your appointment? Or have you been so overwhelmed that you don’t even know what questions to ask?
 

Listen, you are not alone. I know that the doctors, the exam, the big medical words and all that can be very intimidating. We want to empower you to take control of your health and fight for the optimal care and advanced resources that you deserve. The secret: a little information goes a long way.

Use our website as a go-to source for health information with informative articles, interactive videos, practical health how-to’s, helpful links, and resource pages.

 

We will also provide free visits (video and in person) for health coaching. By detailing your total health journey, we can provide up-to-date recommendations and suggestions to take with you to your personal doctors so that they can better serve your needs. With this information, you will feel confident to ask questions, request services and insist on quality care.

Our Vision

The Well is a primary advocacy partner working with marginalized and underserved communities empowering optimal health and wellness.

Our Mission

To provide information, education, programs and resources to people of color and poor communities to support better health, empower self-advocacy, promote representative healthcare, nurture community development and share the love, healing and power of Jesus Christ.

Our Location

The Well

16455 Woodward Ave.

Highland Park, MI 48203

(313) 869-0140

Dr. Sarah Johnson

More affectionately called, “Dr. Sarah”

I am a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician who has been practicing for over 20 years in the Detroit metropolitan area. I have provided care for a wide range of conditions including general musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, back and neck pain and other spinal disorders. Currently, I am the head of the Henry Ford Spine Center at Brownstown and the Medical Director of outpatient rehabilitation services at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. 

I completed undergraduate studies at Stanford University and medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. I stayed in Chicago for residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and then moved to Detroit to begin my sports medicine career at Henry Ford Hospital. During my 6 years in a large health care system, I realized that the excellent quality health care established in this country is not available, accessible or given to everyone. This is especially true for people of color, as well as others such as women, elderly and those who are poor or who have mental illness, limited reading skills and lower education levels. 

This is injustice in its purest form:  a denial of health, wellness and quality of life. I am on a mission to change this situation, empowering one person at a time, until all neighborhoods, communities and our entire region are receiving the medical care due them from those whose oath is to care for those in need.

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Niaim Wilder

Intern

Niaim Wilder is a recent Wayne State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Sociology. Her goal is to go to medical school and become an OB/gynecology doctor. Her interest in medicine started when she was 5 years old and she has always wanted to help people feel better. Through both personal and work experiences, she has seen the realities of health disparities for disadvantaged groups (such as Black women, poor people, etc.) through the neglect, mistreatment, and disinterest of the medical community.

Niaim has been working as a medical scribe in several Henry Ford clinics for the past 2 years and enjoys being in the health care environment. Through this experience, she has gained valuable information pertaining to specialized medical care, the physician- patient relationship, teamwork, and quality care. Excitingly, she has had the opportunity to positively impact social barriers in housing through her internship work with the Detroit Housing Department. Niaim will be participating in a summer internship with The Well and looks forward to gaining knowledge, providing care, and fellowshipping with the community.

In her spare time, Niaim loves to cook and is active in her church. She loves that The Well has core values in prayer and showing the love of Jesus Christ in the work that they do.

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