Healthy Montcalm identifies community health priorities

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:06 am on Thursday, December 01, 2011

STANTON — Access to health care, obesity and substance abuse are just a few of the health concerns identified in a countywide survey conducted by Healthy Montcalm.

The initiative is dedicated to improving the health of Montcalm County residents. The survey results are currently being reviewed by Healthy Montcalm’s advisory committee, a group of more than 40 county organizations focused on determining health priorities — those specific areas of need that can be addressed through a plan of action.

Members of the Healthy Montcalm initiative are continuing to gather input at area agency and community group meetings in November and December. The advisory group is scheduled to meet again Jan. 20 to further identify potential solutions on the identified priority health issues.

Healthy Montcalm recently hosted a countywide logo contest to help engage county residents and promote the initiative’s activities. Morgan Smith, a freshman at Central Montcalm High School, was selected as the winner from 116 entries.

Her winning concept, which incorporated the theme “Building a Healthier Tomorrow,” will be printed on Healthy Montcalm displays, correspondence and reports.  For her efforts, Morgan received a $100 Visa gift card.
For more information about Healthy Montcalm and how you can become involved, contact Ross Pope (989) 831-3601 or Cheryl Thelen (989) 831-3634 and visit the Mid-Michigan District Health Department’s website at

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