Wellness & Education Community Action Health Network (W.E.C.A.H.N) was founded in 1991, originally called HIV/AIDS Council of Chatham County until 2001 and then Chatham Social Health Council until 2015. Originally a community based nonprofit organization in rural Chatham County North Carolina, the agency was dedicated to providing HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention education and advocacy.
In 2008, with the change of Executive Directors, non-traditional HIV testing and HIV Case Management was added to the services offered. In 2010, the agency was asked by the North Carolina State Communicable Disease Branch to expand the testing services to include HIV rapid and traditional blood, syphilis, hepatitis C, and gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing to surrounding counties including Alamance, Randolph and Orange. Substance Abuse Center (SAC) testing services were also added to serve agencies in Alamance, Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Hoke, Lee, Anson, Harnett, and Richmond counties. 2012 brought in the agencies 4th Executive Director. With this change, testing services expanded to Lee, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. The SAC program added Scottland, Forsythe, Guilford, Davidson. Johnston, Cumberland, Robeson, Stanly, Durham, and Orange counties.
WECAHN promotes health and wellness in our communities by offering prevention education, testing, access to care, and support services for people infected, affected or at high risk for HIV/AIDS, STD's and other health disparities. The goal is to expand service to include additional health disparities such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, TB, illnesses relates to smoking, oral care, eye care etc...