Clare County, MI



In Michigan, Health Director Mary Kushion seized Clare County’s poor performance in the County Health Rankings as an opportunity to host a public health summit and begin generating ideas for improving the health of the six counties served by the Central Michigan District Health Department.

An unprecedented 110 people attended the first summit in March 2010 resulting in the creation of the “Together We Can” Health Improvement Council. The Council has met monthly since the 2010 summit, conducted community health assessments, distributed stakeholder surveys to identify community health challenges, and established Health Improvement Working Groups in four of the six surrounding counties. It now numbers about 138 members from across the six counties, several of which ranked low in the 2010 County Health Rankings.