Health Improvement Organization Hosts Community Action Plan Kick-off Luncheon
July 30, 2010
Mich. — The Health Improvement Organization, founded by Allegiance Health,
will host a Community Action Plan kick-off luncheon on Thursday, August 19 from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Commerce Center ballroom, 209 East
Washington Avenue, Jackson. Lunch will feature a nutritious meal prepared by
the newly revamped Jackson Public Schools Nutrition Department. Business
leaders and community agency representatives are invited to attend.
hosting this event to help local business, school, government and non-profit
leaders join forces with a community-wide effort to improve the health and
vitality of Jackson,” said Director of Allegiance Health department of
Prevention and Community Health Amy Schultz, MD, MPH.
lunch, there will be a presentation of the HIO Coordinating Council’s Community
Action Plan, as well as testimonials regarding smoking, physical activity, healthy
eating and stress management.
HIO Coordinating Council’s Community Action Plan will address some of the most
notable issues impacting the health of Jackson residents, namely physical
activity, nutrition, tobacco and depression. The four main goals of the plan
- Improve the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of
Jackson County residents related to emotional health, physical activity,
nutrition and leading a smoke-free lifestyle.
- Reduce the obesity rate among Jackson residents
to be at or lower than the state average.
- Reduce exposure to cigarette smoke in Jackson
- Improve the capacity/ability for Jackson
residents to address mental health issues, including stress, depression and
other psychologically-based conditions.
HIO Coordinating Council is a multidisciplinary group with representation from
local government, public health, health care, health and human service agencies
and nonprofit organizations, school districts, health plans, mental health,
employers and the faith community.
Council’s plan was developed with the input of over 30 representatives from
local health and human service agencies, and over 100 community stakeholders to
date. This includes feedback from several community-based focus groups that
targeted parents, students, clergy, government officials and other community
coordination of efforts across community leaders in health allow for
unprecedented alignment of goals and resources, as well as the creation of a
strong community platform for advocacy,” said Schultz.
To make reservations for the luncheon, call (888) 335-7241 or visit AllegianceHealth.org/HIOkickoff.