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Health Disparities Reduction Coalition

Helping us reduce Health Disparities

Good health starts in our daily lives. Long before we get ill and need to see a doctor, healthier decisions can mean a healthier life. But realistically we can only work with the choices available to us. If we have limited options because of where we live, learn, work, or play, it can harm our ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. And if we don’t know what our options are, it’s almost the same as not having them.

People with very limited options face “health disparities” that can lead to a very different level of health or life expectancy than the average population.

The Health Disparities Reduction Coalition of Muskegon County and Oceana County (HDRC) is a central information center to help with referrals for people encountering health disparities. We are a coalition of organizations that have come together with the goal of making sure all people in Muskegon and Oceana County live the longest, healthiest lives possible, with quality medical outcomes.

We want individuals and advocates to call us for help so we can direct them to the resources and options they need in order to live healthier lives.

Call us when you or somebody you are helping has:

  • Difficulty getting to a doctor or a hospital regularly
  • Language or communication barriers
  • Poor or inadequate treatment or service from doctors or medical staff
  • Inadequate access to grocery stores and healthy foods
  • Inadequate access to safe drinking water
  • Children who need a safe place to play
  • Unsafe school conditions
  • Unsafe housing conditions
  • Concerns that a workplace is harmful to people’s health

We provide community outreach, education, and information to help people know what their options are, and to help them expand their options so that healthy choices are available to them. The HDRC uses results driven solutions based on scientific community studies. Those studies help us learn if our actions are working, how much they’re working, and where we need to focus our efforts in the future to improve more peoples’ lives.

Please visit http://www.equalhealthforall.com for more information.

 

upcoming events

Dec 7, 2017

Medicare Enrollment Assistance Available

Enrollment is open from October 15-December 7. Paperwork can be difficult to navigate. We can assist you with applying for Medicare, state assistance programs, finding a doctor, …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Katie Jourdan

Meet Katie Jourdan

Promoting healthy behaviors among high school students in Oceana County.

Katie Jourdan is from Saranac, MI, a very small town east of Grand Rapids. After high school, Katie attended Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with only the knowledge that she wanted to help people in her future career. While trying to find her passion, she attended a general education class called Healthy Lifestyles and instantly fell in love with the field of health education.

what’s happening

Drug Free Communities of Muskegon County

Held their Strategic planning session to help identify substance abuse issues that face our youth.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County is nearing the completion …

Charted Releases New Advance Care Directives Resources to the Community.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance …

Health Project Announces Community Benefit Board Initiative Grantees

Funds support initiatives that address health needs identified in recent Community Health Needs Assessment

The Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors announced their grantee recipients of the …

staff highlight

Kelli DeLong

Meet Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen

Improving Population Health in Muskegon County

When looking at examples of teamwork at the Health Project, most will tell you to check out the dynamic duo of Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen. Together, they facilitate and coordinate committees of the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR).

 

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