Public safety is an important component of every community’s overall health. In Flint, MI, located in Genesee County, the violent crime rate is over 400 percent of the national average, making safety a primary concern for many of the city’s residents.
That’s why in April 2011, the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) incorporated public safety into its initial County Health Rankings Action Plan—a 10-year effort to strategically improve the health of residents in Genesee County and the City of Flint. (Read previous coverage of Flint County, MI: Part I, Part II)
This year, to help achieve its public safety goals, the coalition formed a new partnership with the City of Flint and its Blue Badge Community Policing Program to introduce the 2012 Health & Safety Mini-Grant Program—nine grants for a variety of community-based initiatives aimed at improving local health by creating safer environments for people to live, learn, work and play. Funded efforts range from the installation of street lights and surveillance systems to the development of vacant lots and the expansion of community gardens and neighborhood watch programs.