About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote and participate in a comprehensive and compassionate response to health issues through community education for increased understanding and prevention, early detection and services to improve the quality of life for persons living in West Central Georgia and East Alabama.


Improve the quality of life



Providing educational & supportive services



Preventative skills in the rural communities.

Our History

In 1993, Extended Sisters was the first support group organized to address the issues of African American women newly diagnosed with HIV. Locally, there was no support system in place; women were traveling 90 miles to Atlanta, for the support group at Ponce De Leon Infection Disease Clinic and those who were less fortunate with transportation were sent home to die. During this organizational period, individuals were inexperience, fearful, lack community support and traveled to SisterLove, Inc. and AIDS Atlanta for guidance. Volunteers utilized their own resources to make a difference. This support group, now known as the SISTAs Educational Group provides educational seminars, client assistance, and “friend girl” buddy program for women.

As the years endured the focus shifted to the entire family in promoting wellness. Building on our experience working in rural Georgia and Columbus Wellness Center Outreach and Prevention Project Center’s history in teen pregnancy prevention in West Georgia Central Health District 7, we have established a network of innovative partnership rural agencies and faith based organizations. While our agency is in various stages of our prevention practices, all exhibit strong evidence of fostering high levels of teen engagements, community outreach and collaboration.

Columbus Wellness Center

Outreach & Prevention Project Inc.

1220 Wildwood Ave
Columbus, GA 31906
Phone: 706-596-1171

Buena Vista:
106 W 4th Ave
Buena Vista, GA 31803
Phone: 229-773-1767

200 Cotton Ave
Americus, GA 31709

We are Here to Help!

Luella L. Rhodes, PA - Director
Shelia Leonard - Program Assistant
Michael Ellison - Swagga & Lace Initiative - Program Coordinator
Britney James Taylor - Swagga & Lace Initiative - Marion County Program Manager
Aisha Douglas – Program Facilitator/Educator

Ja'lia Tullis – Program Facilitator/Educator

MarDarius Gibson – Program Facilitator/Educator

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