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Health Improvement Plan of Washtenaw County

You’re invited to the March Community Health Committee (CHC) Meeting:

Promoting Smoke-Free Environments for Families: Data, Policy and Practice
Healthy moms and babies are a focus for Washtenaw County’s Community Health Improvement Plan. We have long known that exposure to cigarette smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of complications during pregnancy, after birth, and over the life course of the child. Babies born to women who smoked while pregnant have a higher risk of low birth weight, preterm birth, and sudden infant death syndrome. Still, 2008-2013 birth records show that more than 13% of women in Washtenaw County report that they smoked during pregnancy. And some vulnerable groups and communities report much higher rates at 25-30%. Come learn about who is most at risk, what policies and practices work, and share ideas about what we can do to make sure all families have the opportunity to thrive.

Registration is required. To register, please complete this form by February 29.

  • When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, noon – 2:00 p.m. 
    Lunch will be provided. A $5 donation is suggested.
  • Where: Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor

HIP 2015 Survey Findings

Meeting Materials from 11/10/15 Community Health Committee now available.

The Health Improvement Plan (HIP) of Washtenaw County recently completed its 2015 countywide health survey. More than 2,900 residents participated in confidential landline or cell phone interviews from February to July. The HIP survey has been conducted every five years since 1995. It is a local version of the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. The HIP survey data are used to identify health disparities between communities and demographic groups, and to determine priorities for targeted or countywide health improvement efforts. The 2015 HIP survey is funded by Washtenaw County Public Health, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, University of Michigan Health System, 5 Healthy Towns, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and United Way of Washtenaw County. 

Now Available: 

Directory of Obesity Prevention Programs

This guide is a clearinghouse of obesity prevention programs designed to help facilitate collaboration, identify gaps, and assist with needs assessment and program planning. Programs presented in this directory include those: focused on obesity prevention (or impact a root cause of obesity), open to the public, and free or scholarships available. 

Encuesta Buenos Vecinos Latino Health Survey

The Encuesta Buenos Vecinos (EBV) Community Leadership Team is pleased to share the results of Washtenaw County's first, comprehensive Latino health survey. The report is available in English and Spanish

Washtenaw Childhood Obesity Surveillance Data

The Washtenaw childhood obesity surveillance project began in 2013. Through the Health Improvement Plan (HIP) collaborative, Washtenaw County Public Health worked with St. Joseph Mercy Health System and the University of Michigan Health System to create the first Washtenaw Child BMI Dataset. WCPH compiled and analyzed the data in order to create community data reports. Our HIP partnership has a lot to be proud of!  Other counties across Michigan have already approached us to find out how they can start a similar process.

coverCommunity Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

We invite you to read "Building a Healthier Washtenaw: Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan." 

Health Events Calendar

Do you want to spread the word about an upcoming event? Washtenaw County Public Health has a new online health events calendar. Visit the calendar to post an event and learn about what's coming up in our community.

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