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Building Healthy Communities

The Building Healthy Communities program creates policy, system, and environment changes that support physical activity and healthy eating. The program is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and aims to reduce cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Washtenaw County Public Health works with partners and residents to implement local projects where they are most needed and can be most effective. 

Funding is currently available for Building Healthy Communities projects. Applications are due Nov. 3, 2017. Learn more.

Past projects have helped launch local farmers markets in Ypsilanti and Chelsea, healthy food assistance programs, non-motorized planning initiatives, walking and biking trails, the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council and Prescription for Health.

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2017 program partners 

    • Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation
    • Ecology Center
    • 5 Healthy Towns
    • Food Gatherers
    • Growing Hope
    • Livingston County Health Department
    • Savor Life Nutrition and Wellness
    • Washtenaw County Children’s Services Department
    • Washtenaw County Food Policy Council
    • Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission
    • Community leaders and members of:
        • Washtenaw County Latino community
        • West Willow
        • Whitmore Lake
        • Ypsilanti’s South of Michigan Avenue (SOMA) neighborhood
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