Achieving health equity requires meaningful collaboration with everyone in our community, especially with residents who are most affected by inequities. This involves changing power dynamics and leadership structures, learning from people with lived experience, and focusing action where it is most needed.
We are committed to building long-term partnerships and taking action to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. We use data from our Health Improvement Plan survey, the Opportunity Index, and other sources to identify communities in our county experiencing unjust health disparities. Currently, we are partnering with leaders and residents from the following communities to better understand the most important health issues and how we can take action.
Recent community conversations in Whitmore Lake (PDF) and West Willow (PDF) provide insights into barriers and opportunities for health improvement. In addition to supporting these community engagement activities, we are forming a new Community Leadership Team that will create action plans for each community involved.