Nearly $1.8M to boost public health in western Michigan

– Associated Press – Thursday, June 11, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Nearly $1.8 million in funding will support implementing public healthier strategies to prevent chronic disease in western Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded the funding to a Grand Rapids-area partnership that includes six organizations. An aim is to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities related to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Kent County residents are expected to benefit. The partnership includes YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Cherry Health, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Priority Health and the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 2-1-1.

Efforts include plans to boost health eating, improve parks in Grand Rapids’ urban core and strengthen patient education.

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