ConvergenceHealth's New "My Community" Connects People for Wellness

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Making wellness work. ConvergenceHealth launches new social media application that connects people for wellness and good health.

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We have known for a long time that peer interaction is a key motivational and support activity for people making changes in their lifestyles to improve their health, said Byron Gehring, president and chief executive officer of ConvergenceHealth.

ConvergenceHealth announces the successful launch of its new social network application “My Community” designed specifically to complement and support employee health improvement programs by providing a safe and popular social media environment for people to interact and support each other on the path to wellness and good health.

As a secure, confidential social network, “My Community” means individual members or employees and teams of members can easily and safely interact with each other and offer support encouragement and share successes and failures as they take steps to improve their health by adapting healthier lifestyles.

“We have known for a long time that peer interaction is a key motivational and support activity for people making changes in their lifestyles to improve their health,” said Byron Gehring, president and chief executive officer of ConvergenceHealth."Wellness thrives in a community environment and our new social network application allows not only for community support but also provides interaction with specialist coaches in organized forums. It is a powerful new tool to add to any health and wellness initiative.”

The new “My Community” by ConvergenceHealth provides a fully functioning secure private social network that has all the features that web users are familiar with such as selecting friends, posting updates, photos and videos, forming and joining groups, private secure messaging, participating in special forums and much more.

“Both our employer clients and our healthcare partners are very interested in having this social media capability in their wellness offerings but without the downside of losing privacy,” says Steve Roth, vice president of product development. “Our new product offers the full functions of social media including posting, messaging, team challenges, forums and more without the loss of privacy and security,” says Roth.

“Integrated into our platform of products and behavior change interventions it brings the party to wellness and makes it a fun community event and activity,” says Gehring. “It even gives all the capabilities for individual challenges and team competitions, which opens the door to making wellness programs fun and effective for companies looking for a way to engage employees and members.”

“My Community” has already been deployed globally in a Spanish language adaptation of the network called “comunidad” for the Federal Government of Mexico’s population health initiative PrevenISSSTE. This world leading health initiative provides access for up to 12 million federal employees and their families to health improvement resources and coaching. In even the first few months comunidad has grown exponentially in users and proves the importance of peer support and social community engagement in living healthier.

About “My Community” Social Network Application
My Community is a fully functioning social media environment and provides each user their own profile with privacy options and a status page where they can post updates and exchange comments as they seek to improve their health through lifestyle changes. Users can accept friends build their own friend networks of peers and supporters. Members are able to send private secure messages within the network both to friends and to coaches who are able to review updates and reply to the member securely. Members are able to post videos and photos and to form groups or teams with common interests or goals. Sponsors and coaches can structure forums and events for the members to participate in built around specific activities or subject matter. Coaches or specialists in areas of health promotion and health improvement lead these forums. Individuals, teams or sponsors can structure challenges or competitions within the groups.

About ConvergenceHealth
ConvergenceHealth continues to lead the industry with innovative applications that make wellness work. Our applications and platforms are the backbone systems for some of the largest and world leading population health initiatives in the US and around the globe with over 40 million people having access to our wellness applications and web portals.

ConvergenceHealth is a leading global population health improvement systems and technology company, designing and delivering customized web-enabled health improvement platform applications for large scale population health initiatives in the US, Central America and Europe. Our global clients include the government of Mexico health system with 12 million covered lives, leading US health insurance companies and service providers representing tens of millions of members and large employers and benefits providers. In 2011 we have expanded our services into design and direction for effective engagement and communication strategies to drive participation and empowerment in the population health programs.

For more information on ConvergenceHealth contact Adrian Stewart, vice president of marketing and strategy, via email at Adrian(at)convergencehealth(dot)com or visit our web site at

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