Healthier Kent County population goal of health improvement plan
Caroline MacGregor February 5, 2013 | WGVU The Community Health Improvement Plan targets specific strategies to tackle key health issues and measure
the effectiveness of those strategies while improving access to health care and
social services for at-risk community members.
The idea is healthier people
make for a healthier community - children learn better in school, employers have
more productive workers and fewer people have to manage chronic and often
expensive health conditions. Erin Inman is the Director of Healthier Communities for Spectrum
The plan identifies several critical areas and includes increasing
availability of healthy foods for all Kent County residents.
leaders worked with a variety of groups over the past year including sub
committees with representation from leaders and stakeholders across the county. They will focus on priority areas - those considered the most impactful over the next
couple of years until another assessment is conducted. At that time another assessment will be done to see if they’ve been
able to move the needle and make a difference.
organizations were involved in the creation of the plan, including St. Mary’s
Health Care, Heart of West Michigan United Way and Metro Health.
The plan can
be viewed online at www.kentcountychna.org.
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