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Emergencies: Dial 911  •  Health Project Mainline: 231.672.3201  •  Health Project Toll-Free: 1.866.671.4819

Our History

A Tradition of Caring.

Since 1992, the Health Project has worked to improve the overall health of Muskegon County, Oceana County, and the lakeshore area by providing programs and services to those who may not have access to reliable health care. Initially established as a joint effort between the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Health Project is one of the oldest and most successful community health benefit organizations in the country.

As a leader in the field, the Health Project has worked with organizations and individuals in 35 states to help pioneer new solutions to age-old health care problems. Here at home, our efforts to provide affordable health coverage resulted in the Access Health plan, which has since been replicated in several states. We’ve also received praise over the years for our work combating antibiotic abuse, expanding dental care, managing diabetes, and helping reformed convicts with health needs.

In 2009, the Health Project was acquired by Mercy Health Muskegon. Now operating as part of a larger health system, the Health Project has the resources and support needed to make as big of an impact as possible on the overall wellness of West Michigan’s lakeshore.

The Health Project strives to spread their mission far beyond West Michigan. We have served as advisors, board members, and faculty for multiple statewide organizations, and our staff has consulted with organizations in 35 out of 50 states. Programs created by the Health Project have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Health Affairs, and Forbes Small Business, among others.

The Health Project is also an advocate for community health. We have provided our insight and knowledge to governing officials at a variety of levels, including the U.S. House Small Business Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Health, and numerous state legislative bodies.

We do all this to accomplish one goal: make our community healthier. See how we can help you live a healthier, happier life.

 

 

 

upcoming events

Apr 23, 2019

Freedom From Smoking Classes

This is your year to quit!

Cyndi Powers, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at the Health Project will be hosting a series of Smoking Cessation Classes every Tuesday …

Apr 27, 2019

Spring Medication Take Back Event

The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program will be hosting their Spring 2019 Take Back Event at the Norton Shores Fire Department on Saturday, April 27th from 9am …

Apr 30, 2019

Freedom From Smoking Classes

This is your year to quit!

Cyndi Powers, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at the Health Project will be hosting a series of Smoking Cessation Classes every Tuesday …

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

Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

what’s happening

Muskegon High School Students Raise Awareness for Kick Butts Day 2019

The Knowsmoke Coalition partnered with students from Muskegon High School’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to celebrate Kick Butts Day. Students were given the chance to share their …

The Ride Hits Home For Health Project CHW

“It first started with chest pains,” stated Dave Alves, a Community Health Worker at the Health Project. “The pain wouldn’t go away, and I didn’t …

The 17th Annual Men's Health Fair Offers Free Health Screenings

“So many young men who do not have insurance need to be covered. You’d be surprised that younger people are having more problems today. Early detection is …

staff highlight

Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.

 

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