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Health Action Teams

The Community Action Plan’s strategies are built on evidence-based activities and input from experts within each respective field. In an effort to combine resources and promote Collective Impact, these experts were brought together into groups respective to their fields of practice or interests. These groups are referred to as Health Action Teams (HATs). The Health Action Teams were created in response to specific areas of concern or areas in need of enhancement in the community. These priority areas set the basis for the goals of the Community Action Plan. Ultimately, Health Action Teams were responsible for the creation of the objectives and strategies detailed within the Community Action Plan. Using process and outcomes measures, each Health Action Team is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the success of their strategies. 

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential to overall good health. The Nutrition Health Action Team is committed to improving the nutrition of all Jackson County residents to help reduce obesity and chronic diseases. As a workgroup of the Health Improvement Organization, the Nutrition Health Action Team works with health care providers, schools, after-school programs and others to increase awareness of the need for access to proper nutrition. Such initiatives include promoting gardening and the use of locally grown produce to ensure access to fresh, affordable produce by all Jackson County residents. 

To get involved, please contact: 

Julie Weisbrod, MA 
Healthy Communities Coordinator 
Jackson County Health Department 
JWeisbro@co.jackson.mi.us 
517.768.1650 

Active Living

Active living is essential to good overall health. The Walkable Communities Coalition, serving as the Active Living Health Action Team is committed to improving the physical health of all community residents. As a workgroup of the Health Improvement Organization, the Active Living  Health Action Team works with schools, parks, county planners, and many others to promote  local options for fun and affordable physical activity. They collaborate with elected officials to advocate for a fitness-friendly community. They also work to inform residents of the many opportunities that currently exist in Jackson County and surrounding areas. 

To get involved, contact: 

Tanya DeOliveira, AICP 
Principal Transportation Planner
Region 2 Planning Commission
TDeOliveira@co.jackson.mi.us 
517.745.9041 

Smoke-Free

Living smoke-free is essential to good overall health. The HIO and the Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition have joined forces to create a workgroup that strives to reduce rates of smoking and second hand smoke exposure in Jackson County. This group collaborates with the Jackson County Health Department, Allegiance Health, schools, physicians, Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and many other organizations and individuals interested in reducing tobacco use. The coalition advocates for smoke-free environments through policy development in areas where children play (schools, parks) and strives to educate tobacco vendors about distribution regulations. They also promote cessation resources for people looking to quit smoking. 

To get involved, contact: 

Rhonda Rudolph, B.S. 
Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition 
Jackson County Health Department 
RRudolph@co.jackson.mi.us 
517.768.2131 

Behavioral Health

Emotional wellness is essential to good overall health. The Behavioral Health Action Team is a group of committed organizations and individuals who strive to improve the behavioral health of Jackson County residents. The Behavioral Health Action Team focuses on prevention and early access to services as a strategy to increase the amount of social and emotional support available to residents. The group also works to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of behavioral health problems to make Jackson a more open and supportive environment for people struggling with emotional health. The Behavioral Health Action Team collaborates with local schools and clinical care providers to screen for emotional and behavioral health issues, and to create formal referral systems to connect people with the services they need. Jackson Health Network, United Way of Jackson County and 2-1-1, Jackson County Coordinated School Health Council and many other groups and people work diligently to realize the goal of an emotionally healthy and happy Jackson County. 

To get involved, contact:

Elizabeth Knoblauch 
Director, Strategic Relations 
LifeWays 
elizabeth.knoblauch@lifewayscmh.org 
410.789.1278 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The mission of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate and address contributing factors for Jackson County's young people. The TPPI is a community-wide effort led by the United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson County Health Department. Teen pregnancy is a community health concern with many complexities that requires long-term comprehensive solutions. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative is committed to working towards improving the sexual health of teens in Jackson County. The TPPI includes a diverse membership representing various sectors of the community, including parents, teens, community leaders, faith based groups, health care professionals, and individuals who are concerned about the sexual health of teens in Jackson County.

To get involved, contact: 
Kaitlyn Stein, MPH
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator
Jackson County Health Department
ksievert@co.jackson.mi.us 
517.788.4373

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and child health indicators are important in gaining a full understanding of a community’s health. The infant mortality rate (death of a child before their first birthday) is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a community. The Maternal and Child Health Action Team, formerly the Prenatal Task Force, was formed as collaboration between local health and human services groups and individuals from the community. The Maternal and Child Health Action Team develops prevention, education, and health care access strategies based on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review findings and recommendations and other data sources.

To get involved, contact: 
Aimee Fors
Fetal Infant Mortality Review Health Educator
Jackson County Health Department
AFors@co.jackson.mi.us 
517.768.2123

Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Maternal and child health indicators are important in gaining a full understanding of a community’s health. The infant mortality rate (death of a child before their first birthday) is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a community. The Maternal and Child Health Action Team, formerly the Prenatal Task Force, was formed as collaboration between local health and human services groups and individuals from the community. The Maternal and Child Health Action Team develops prevention, education, and health care access strategies based on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review findings and recommendations and other data sources.

To get involved, contact: 
Sarah Allison
Health Action Coordinator
Henry Ford Allegiance Health
sarah.allison@allegiancehealth.org
517.205.6734

Access to Care Coalition

The Access to Care Coalition formed in 2016 to focus on the HIO goal of improving equitable access to health and social services. The group is still formulating objectives and strategies.

To get involved, contact: 
Richard Thoune
Health Officer
Jackson County Health Department
RThoune@co.jackson.mi.us
517.768.1658