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KNOWSMOKE_LOGOBased on a recent study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Muskegon County ranked 78th out of 82 counties in Michigan for health behaviors. Muskegon County’s elevated levels of alcohol and tobacco use are partly the reason for the low ranking.

Knowsmoke, Muskegon County’s tobacco reduction coalition, is a community organization dedicated to reducing cigarette use in the Muskegon area. The coalition has three objectives:

Educate the public on the dangers of smoking: The coalition gives presentations and provides public information about the negative health effects of tobacco. It educates the public about dangers of second-hand smoke and aims to reduce youth access to tobacco.

Provide information about smoking cessation resources: To help smokers quit tobacco, the coalition provides tobacco treatment information to Muskegon County residents, while ever increasing the availability of cessation resources to reach more people in the community.

Promote smoke free environments in Muskegon County: The Know Smoke coalition reduces public exposure to smoke. Working with businesses, public servants and the general public, it strives to increase support for and awareness of the Michigan and Muskegon County smoke free laws.

Muskegon County Smoking Statistics

  • According to the Michigan Department of Community Health 30% of Muskegon County smokes, far surpassing the statewide average of 21%.
  • According to the 2009 Muskegon County Youth Risk Behavior survey, 41% of Muskegon county youth have smoked a cigarette in their lifetime. 11.4% of these students smoked their first cigarette before the age of 13.
  • Almost one out of every five students (18.3%) report cigarette smoking during the past thirty days, but the good news is 54.4% report that they have tried to quit smoking during the past year.

Knowsmoke Coalition Members

  • Mercy Health Partners
  • Muskegon Community Health Project
  • Access Health
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD)
  • Public Health Muskegon County
  • HCCC -Teen Health Center
  • American Cancer Society

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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, …

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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 …

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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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