Clare County getting healthier

New rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have been released and The new rankings paint a much better picture for Clare County, ranking in at 75!

In 2010 Clare County gained notoriety for being rank as the unhealthiest in Michigan, 82 of 82.

Why the improvement? Since the Rankings were release in 2010, the Central Michigan District Health Department embarked on the Together We Can initiative, an effort to improve the overall health of the more than 196,000 people within its health district; which includes the central Michigan counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon. Clare County partnered with Gladwin County to begin their Health Improvement workgroup, which has been working since 2010 to improve the health rankings for the community.

According to CMDHD’s Health Officer, Mary Kushion, “This is an immense success for the Clare-Gladwin HIP workgroup. With partners that include representation from all over the community, this workgroup has certainly made headway.” The group has planned activities that range from health fairs to healthy walks.

The Rankings will be discussed at The 4th Annual Public Health Summit on April 8th, at The Comfort Inn in Mt. Pleasant. The event is free and will feature Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Dr. Craig Thomas from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Melissa Kesterson, a community garden coordinator. For more information please contact Allison Dunn at (989)773-5921 ext. 8413. We do ask that each person bring a fresh fruit or vegetable that will be donated to local food banks.

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