Stories from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Midland public health group to provide community update

January 17th, 2020

A group of more than 35 different organizations are targeting mental and physical health gaps in Midland County. The Health and Human Services Council of Midland County promotes the welfare of the community through systems level planning, collaboration, and promotion of health and human services with an emphasis on demonstrated effectiveness and prevention. Their efforts are part of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), first unveiled in early 2016.

The Health and Human Services Council of Midland County invites the public to join them for an update of the CHIP efforts on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:30AM. The informational meeting will be held in Council Chambers of Midland City Hall. Community leaders will present on successes and challenges in four priority areas: later life quality, substance abuse, healthy weight, and mental health. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be recorded for rebroadcast on Midland Community Television.

“Collaboration is an impactful way for us to move the needle on health issues facing our community,” said Sharon Mortensen, Chair of the CHIP Committee and President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “We look forward to sharing the programs and projects produced through this collaboration.”

The CHIP was developed using data from a variety of local and national sources, such as the Midland County Dashboard, county health rankings, behavioral risk factor surveys, data from MidMichigan Health, and others.

“It’s nice to have a group working together in Midland to make our community healthier,” said Sarah Kile from the Health and Human Services Council. “This event is an exciting way to showcase the work we have done and is a great way for people to learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan.”

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Follow Health & Human Services Council on Facebook to stay up to date on all the activities of the collaborative group.