Changing the healthcare landscape, raising awareness about equitable funding.
Studies show that Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other comparable, wealthy nations. There are many reasons why, including unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and lack of access to healthcare.
Tammy Williams is looking to solve these issues and empower people to live sustainably healthier lives with her digital health and wellness platform, EnvisionWell, which provides users with a 360-degree look at their health, from physical to mental to financial to spiritual, and more. The next-generation, cutting-edge technology gives users important health information such as their stress index and other biomarkers, and it syncs with more than 400 fitness trackers, wearables and in-home clinical, nutrition and health devices.
“EnvisionWell is a unified, integrated platform, bringing most of what you need to address your health and well-being under one umbrella,” says Williams, who serves as founder and CEO of Envision2bWell Inc, the digital health and wellness company that created EnvisionWell. “It is one resource connecting the dots that lead to better health and wellness outcomes.”
Having worked in human resources for over 30 years, specializing in HR business strategy and change management, Williams has a clear understanding of the pressing need for workplace wellness and the pitfalls of many of the current solutions in the market today. Envision2bWell was recently named a Top 10 Employee Wellness Solution Provider of 2021 in HR Tech Outlook magazine.
With EnvisionWell workplace wellness, employers gain access to the corporate portal, where they can easily see and understand, in real time, the health and well-being of their employees. Envision2bWell is HIPAA-compliant (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the federal law restricting release of medical information), so they cannot see an individual’s health data. Instead, they will get a clear picture of the health of their employees overall, and their engagement in the wellness platform. Based on that data, they can customize the wellness challenges, articles, motivations, podcasts, videos and more to serve their employees better and keep them engaged in improving their wellness.
Envision2bWell has also developed a proprietary assessment to help employers understand the engagement, satisfaction and overall well-being of their employees. This assessment is valuable for employers, whether they use the EnvisionWell workplace wellness platform or something different. The insight provided will illuminate where the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities lie, empowering employers to customize and focus any and all workplace wellness initiatives to the needs of their workforce.
The proprietary assessment is called the KSAA® Assessment, which stands for Knowledge, Support, Access and Autonomy, Envision2bWell’s proprietary engagement model. KSAA® is the bridge from the societal conditions that hold people back to more empowered, healthier behaviors and choices.
“Right now, we’re working with employers who are wanting to do something a little different,” Williams says. “We fill the gaps and focus on the social determinants of health.”
Using the lens of social determinants of health is one of the ways Envision2bWell personalizes the wellness journey for its users. For companies with diverse and inclusive work cultures and policies, having a wellness program that follows the same tenets and philosophy is important. A wellness program that isn’t inclusive or able to serve all employees is a wellness program that is not sustainable in today’s world.
Williams is a big proponent of diversity and inclusion—80% of her executive team is female, and they are from places like the United States, Pakistan, Croatia and India. “Diversity and inclusion are important because these different ideas that people bring to the table are what make us stand apart,” she says. “We provide a lot of insights and have discussions around health equity and social health empowerment. You hear the different feedback and perspectives of people and say, ‘Wow, this opened my eyes.’”
Aside from healthcare, another topic that Williams is passionate about is venture capital funding. In June 2021, she testified in front of the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing called ‘Reversing the Decline in Women Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Rebuilding the Economy.’
She told the subcommittee that “access to capital is the number one barrier to women entrepreneurs and that needs to change. The number two barrier is lack of connections. I believe strongly that the government should focus on these two areas to help women-owned enterprises be more successful.”
Williams said that only about 2% of venture capital funding dollars go to Black women, and she wants to change that. “It was an honor for me to go in and talk about the struggles we have as Black women raising capital for our businesses. The access to capital is few and far between. It’s been extremely difficult for me. When you go into a room with venture capitalists and there’s no one who looks like you and can understand your plight, that makes it pretty damn difficult.”
Whether she is testifying in front of Congress or working on her app, Williams is devoted to serving the underserved and giving each person—no matter what their background—the chance to be heard and seen.
“Everybody is different, and every body is different is the long-standing motto of Envision2bWell,” Williams says. “It’s your body, your data, your health and your life. EnvisionWell is a wellness platform that begins with you.”
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