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Building Healthy Communities

Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition

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Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan

Healthy School Recognition Program
Local Resources


In 2018, the Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition and its members conducted a comprehensive Community Health Assessment project. 

The project had two goals:

  • Identify the health needs of our community
  • Develop a Health Improvement plan based on the results of the Assessment

The assessment provided a snapshot of the challenges that Monroe County residents face regarding their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a result of the Community Health Assessment, a Community Health Improvement Plan was developed.

The Assessment identified four areas of improvement for Monroe County residents' health and well-being:

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention
  2. Substance Abuse
  3. Mental Health
  4. Social Conditions

The Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition meets quarterly to report on progress made toward goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). For information regarding upcoming meetings and the CHIP, please contact Jamie Dean at jamie_dean@monroemi.org or 734-240-7810.

2021 Community Health Assessment - Question Selection Session
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - VIRTUAL

2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA)
2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

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Please note that the Healthy School Program is currently paused due to COVID-19. We will provide updates when we are able to resume in the future.

The goal of the Healthy School Program is to increase health knowledge, attitudes and skills, increase positive health behaviors and outcomes and improve education and social outcomes. The four key focus areas include physical activity, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse. The program was developed specifically for Monroe County schools by capitalizing on the resources and assistance that community partners are able provide. Schools were required to form a Coordinated School Health Team that met at least two times during the year to discuss wellness programs and policies and implement health improvement activities for students and staff.

This program is being coordinated by the Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition. 

2019 Achievements
In 2019, Monroe County Building Healthy Community Coalition was proud to designate 25 Monroe County Schools as official Monroe County Healthy Schools. Congratulations to the following schools for taking charge of the health of their students and increasing positive health outcomes and behaviors!

Golden Apple Schools— Custer Elementary 1 and 2, Douglas Road Elementary, Dundee Elementary & Middle Schools, Holy Ghost Lutheran, Ida Elementary, Middle & High Schools, Jackman Road Elementary, Manor Elementary, Mason Central Elementary, Meadow Montessori, Monroe County Youth Center, North Elementary, Orchard Center High, Ritter Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic School (Erie), St. Patrick Catholic School, St. John the Baptist Elementary, St. Mary Middle School Campus, St. Michael the Archangel Early Elementary, Sodt Elementary, Sterling Elementary, and Triumph Academy.

Special Recognition is also given to Ida School District for having all buildings in their district receive award designation.

All schools were presented with a banner and an award certificate at the Earth Day Expo on April 13th at Monroe County Community College.

For a list of healthy resources available to schools in Monroe County, see the Monroe County Healthy School Resource Guide.

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Integrating Health into Planning Resources

The Monroe County Planning Department, Monroe County Health Department, local planning commissioners and municipal staff and community members partnered to prepare documents to assist local Planning Commissioners incorporate health into planning.  The tools attached below will aid planners in making decisions that will preserve the quality of life and foster positive health outcomes for Monroe County residents for years to come.
Positive Health Outcomes in Monroe County Reference Guide
Integrating Health into Local Planning in Monroe County Presentation

Be Active in Monroe County Map

Monroe County is home to a wealth of locations for you to run, walk, bike, hike or play.  The Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition encourages you to use this map as a resource to help you increase your physical activity level.  Even as little as 30 minutes a day of physical activity can reduce the risk for diabetes, heart disease or stroke, help maintain weight and boost your mood.  Take charge of your health and get active today! 
Be Active in Monroe County Map

ProMedica Community Resource Guide

ProMedica's Division of Advocacy and Mission Services publishes and maintains a comprehensive resource guide featuring the names of contacts of various community services available in Monroe County. The most updated version of the guide is available here

ProMedica Mental Health Resource Guide

This general reference guide from ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital offers information on mental health resources serving our community. To view the guide, please visit here

Monroe County Intermediate School District Children's Yellow Pages

This document from the Monroe County ISD provides parents and caregivers with information on local resources and information to help support young children. To view the resource, please visit here

Monroe County Programs for Senior Citizens

Monroe County offers a variety of services and programs to serve older adults in our community. Please check out the brochures below to learn more about local senior centers or opportunities for physical activity throughout Monroe County.
Monroe County Senior Center Brochure
Exercise Opportunities for Older Adults