Recognizing that local policies and initiatives play a major role in individual and community health is an important first step in improving our health outcomes.
A Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan
A Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan reviews current health findings, public input, and other data to assess health needs in the region, and identifies ways that local governments and other stakeholders can work to address community health issues. The Healthy Communities Framework was developed as part of the Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan.
Making Child Care a Regional Priority: How Improving Access to High-quality, Affordable Child Care Can Attract and Retain Talent in Prosperity Region 2
This report details the current state of care (including needs and challenges for families and child care providers), describes a potential vision for the region and identifies specific, actionable recommendations to improve child care for both the regional community and Lansing. Funding for this effort came from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) supporting the economic development efforts of the Northwest Lower Michigan Collaborative Development Council.
Making Connections: Understanding Community Health, Safety, & Welfare in Northwest Michigan
This guide is intended to start a conversation about local policy, budgeting, and leadership decisions, and their impact on public health issues in communities throughout Northwest Michigan.
Understanding Community Health, Safety, and Welfare in Northwest Michigan (PDF)
Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission