In 2010, a Rotary Club initiative called “1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County” was formed in response to the county’s poor placement in health rankings. This initiative was brought together by civic leaders, employers, schools, community agencies, and community members as a catalyst to engage in producing health and wellness. And in 2014, One in 21 brought Wellville into its portfolio of health production initiatives.
In its first four years, One in 21 launched several successful events—Big Crunch Day, the Seaway Run, and Bike to Work Week—as well as spearheaded a shift in social norms toward health. Employers are engaged and working to implement wellness plans in their businesses. Public leaders are engaged and promoting development of a food hub in Muskegon, with a brand new downtown farmer’s market and incubator kitchen. Healthcare organizations are implementing innovative solutions for chronic disease management. City governments are revising their plans to incorporate infrastructure design that promotes non-motorized transportation. A local church stepped forward to plan a downtown supermarket to address the food desert. The health system is understanding and embracing its role in population health management, which is a notable shift. In short, the Greater Muskegon area is poised to produce health across its population.
Wellville Focus Areas
“1 in 21” now encompasses multiple workgroups taking a broad approach to two major health concerns: obesity and tobacco use. See how the actions they’re taking are moving them closer to reaching their goal of being the healthiest county in Michigan by the year 2021.