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Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition

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Bridging the Gap.

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. 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. If we don’t know what our options are, it’s almost the same as not having them.

People with very limited options are faced with what is known as health disparities. These gaps in health care access can lead to a very different level of health or life expectancy than the average population.

The Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition is a central information center to help with referrals for people encountering health disparities. We are a coalition of organizations who 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.

To help determine if you’re experiencing one or more health disparity, visit this site to learn more and take a short qualifying quiz.

We are here when you or somebody you know 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 Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition 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 people’s lives.

upcoming events

Aug 1, 2019

Muskegon Health Disparities Presents: Unnatural Causes

The Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition is hosting a FREE movie screening of the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Episode 1: In Sickness and In Wealth” on Thursday, August 1, …

Aug 9, 2019

Free Health Screenings Available at Shelby Middle School

The Health Bound Coalition and the Health Project Identify Needs in Oceana.
According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report for Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo …

Aug 21, 2019

Free Health Screenings in Oceana County

The Health Bound Coalition and the Health Project Identify Needs in Oceana.
According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report for Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo …

our services

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

Service Highlight

Pharmaceutical Access Program: Navigating Resources to Best Assist the Client

“Pharmaceutical Access” is much broader than just funding the cost of prescriptions. It encompasses reviewing a person’s insurance coverage, income and resources, as well as medication needs. We then assist them with navigating insurance enrollment and coverage issues. It also includes exploring opportunities to utilize pharmaceutical company resources, such as copay saving cards and patient assistance programs. The Pharmaceutical Access Program staff look for savings and resources in all areas and help each client navigate those resources as needed.

what’s happening

KnowSmoke Educates Community on the Vaping Epidemic

KnowSmoke Coalition members and Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Cyndi Powers, presented to over 100 Muskegon Rotary Club members on Thursday, July 11th. Cyndi presented on the vaping epidemic …

Meet the Health Project Board Chair, Rem Sprague

Q. What is your role at Mercy Health? How does that position you to be influential in your work at the Health Project?

A. I am the …

Highlighting Members of STATS: Straight Talk About Tough Stuff

Jennifer LaChapelle, STATS Coordinator at the Health Project.
Q. How long have you been involved with STATS?

A. I have been the STATS Coordinator for one year …

Shout! Out

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Muskegon ALI Completes 2019 Decoy Operations

The Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (Muskegon ALI) and participating agencies would like to recognize the alcohol retailers who have passed the 2019 Muskegon ALI Alcohol Compliance Checks. As a group of law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, our mission is to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related injuries in Muskegon County.

 

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