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Community members identify health priorities and release Community Health Improvement Plan for Ingham County

LANSING, Mich. – Community members representing more than 20 organizations across Ingham County released a plan today that identifies county health priorities and solutions to health-related problems which they will implement over the next three years.

The plan, the Ingham County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2017, builds upon the 2015 Healthy! Capital Counties community health needs assessment. Through the assessment process, community members identified the following needs or priority areas: Access to Primary Care, Access to Quality Care, Chronic Disease, Financial Stability and Economic Mobility, and Behavioral and Mental Health.

“Broad, systemic changes and improvements necessitate a community-wide effort,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Many factors contribute to the health and well-being of a community. CHIP is a community-driven process because partnerships and collaborations are key to advancing community health.”

Partners involved in the CHIP include: Asset Independent Coalition, Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Capital Area College Access Network, Capital Area Health Alliance, Capital Area Michigan Works, the City of Lansing, Central Michigan 2-1-1, Communities in Schools of Michigan, Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties, Cristo Rey Community Center, the Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children, Food Systems Workgroup, Ingham County Health Department, Ingham County Treasurer and Land Bank, McLaren Health Plan, Michigan League for Public Policy, Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan State University, MY Lansing MY Brother’s Keeper, Sparrow Health System, and the YMCA of Lansing.

The county’s CHIP can be found at: http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/CHA/CHIP_report_2017.pdf. Community members may also attend the plan’s unveiling on September 6 at 2 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Human Services Building located at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.

To submit feedback on the CHIP, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InghamCHIP2017