WARRIOR WELLNESS SOLUTIONS
Warrior Wellness Solutions (WWS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing personalized Functional Medicine and Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching, Rehabilitative and Adaptive Exercise , Mindfulness, Stress Management, Resiliency training, and wellness education to Wounded, Ill and Injured Warriors, their families and caregivers. Our programs are tailored to veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses or wound co-incident to their military service.
WHO WE ARE
Warrior Wellness Solutions (WWS) is a Durham, North Carolina based GuideStar Platinum rated 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and maintains fiduciary transparency with third party auditing. WWS has received Letters of Support validating our programming from the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. WWS has achieved recognition as an America’s Warrior Partnership Four Star Alliance Program of Excellence, and as a Great Nonprofits “Top-Rated Nonprofit”. WWS has provided integrative health and wellness education and training to thousands of Wounded, Ill, and Injured military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers, medical and support staff, and was recognized with an award for their service with the US Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment. Many of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured (WII) warriors struggle physically, emotionally and socially to find viable support to help them redefine a life of mission and purpose and to achieve optimal health and wellness. The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense offer training and education however, services that address chronic disease, lifestyle, overall health and wellness and restore a sense of purpose are lacking for veterans living in rural areas and those without easy access to programming. Given our nationwide wellness industry connections and relationships, we are able to scale our work to any level we are able to obtain funding and support for.
"A Functional Medicine–trained health coach is an extremely valuable member of a collaborative care team who help patients make lasting lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and other modifiable lifestyle factors. Health coaches makes the clinician’s treatment protocol more effective and improves patient compliance and outcomes by providing individualized support. credit The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy
"The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, evidence-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes." credit The Institute for Functional Medicine
Warrior Wellness Solutions (WWS) guides our clients to:
Improve their physical and mental health, reduce dependency on medications, and mitigate risk of suicidal ideations.
Reduce chronic pain and inflammation, improve tissue repair and restore functional movement through rehabilitative exercise programming.
Reducing and mitigating the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), blast overpressure, heavy metals toxicity, chronic stress, environmental exposures and sleep deprivation through lifestyle modifications working in concert with clinicians.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS
Functional Medicine and Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching
Rehabilitative and Adaptive Exercise
Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Resiliency Training
Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Athlete Support
SUMMARY OF CLIENTS SERVED
We serve an average of 80 new clients per year and have hundreds of additional clients served yearly who have already completed our Initial 6-month program and moved into our Long Term Continuum of Care.
ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET
In 2017 our annual operating budget was $140,000.00 with 97% of donations funding direct programming.
Here is a link to our Financials.
STATE of the STATE
Warrior Wellness Solutions is leading the charge to bring Functional Medicine (FM) and Functional Medicine Health Coaching (FMHC) into the active duty and veteran arena with several partners. WWS along with these partners have a well documented track record of dramatically changing the lives of Wounded, Ill, and Injured service members and veterans we serve. Our current collective nonprofit projects are the only mechanism to deliver FM services nationwide and we are looking for introductions to larger funding sources to scale up and deliver our collective services to more of those in need For several years we have sat on multiple VA and DOD Hospital Boards as veteran representatives, consultants and Functional Medicine advocates. We have partners and team members who have recently briefed the White House Doctor, Head of DHHS and the Pentagon on the value of and tenets of FM. With that said, fundamentally changing DOD / VA Healthcare may take years and we need YOUR help to move the mission forward.
If you or your organization is planning a fundraising initiative please feel free to utilize our "Give the Gift of Wellness" Promo Video on YouTube. Additionally, feel free to utilize our logo here.
Executive Director and US Marine Corps Veteran, Elijah Sacra is an Exercise Physiologist and Functional Medicine Health Coach who has served on the Executive Roundtable and Vision Sharing Board for Non-Profit and Community Participation in Achieving World Class Standards of Care and Services for Wounded Warriors at the New Joint Services Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and as a coach for TEAM Marine Corps for the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games. He has been educated in Pain Care Skills by members of the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Pain Care Initiative based at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Elijah served for several years as Board Treasurer for the North Carolina Veterans Business Association, worked as a Staff Accountant for Ernst & Young in Expatriate Tax Accounting, holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is trained in Logic Model Reporting by the RAND Corporation. He currently serves as the Director for Functional Movement and Rehabilitation for the Special Operations Health Initiatives Medical Advisory Board, on the Durham North Carolina VA Veteran Engagement Panel for Research Partnership at the Center for Health Services Research, and on the National Veterans Administration Veteran Engagement Panel for Patient Centered Strategies to Improve Pain Management. He is a 2018 Patient Scholarship Recipient for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for his valuable perspectives and expertise on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs patients, caregivers, and patient representatives focusing on the theme “From Evidence to Impact: Putting What Works into Action. Elijah was chosen to present at the Institute of Functional Medicine's (IFM) 2019 Annual International Conference (AIC) on Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions, where he will be presenting researchers and clinicians the myriad of ways in which these issues, individually and collectively, impact health along with speaking on "Pain In the Military: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives".
Practice & Curriculum
Here is a link to our Logic Model & Process Narrative to give a global perspective and snapshot of our services.
Here is our average yearly aggregate data for our program outcomes.
Here are stories on our work.
Here is a link to our organizational brochure.
Here is a Consumer Reports Article that features WWS and our Executive Director's story that will be featured in a brochure in every VA hospital nationwide.
What is Functional Medicine?
Click here to view the "Functional Medicine Tree" infographic to provide a basic framework of Functional Medicine.
Below are some great videos featuring Dr. Mark Hyman Board Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and Board President of Clinical Affairs for the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Click here to read "Functional Medicine Initiative / FM(I): The Solution To Chronic Veteran Health Issues"