Join the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group for a webinar to learn how one rural Michigan town is building a healthier community
October 15, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
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According to data from CountyHealthRankings.org, rural places rank worse on health behaviors, health outcomes, and access to clinical care than their urban counterparts. Tomorrow’s Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) webinar will explain how two dozen community leaders in Manistique, a town of 3,000 in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula, met to think creatively about how they could improve the health of their friends and neighbors.
Michigan’s 2015 County Health Rankings. Click here to see how your county measures up!
Health is critical to helping families get ahead economically. Healthier adults are more likely to work and earn more for their families. And healthier families are more likely to keep what they earn, given that health care costs are one of the most significant causes of financial hardship and bankruptcy in the United States. Addressing health challenges in a rural community like Manistique, where the median family income hovers around $25,000 in an economy based on tourism and paper, means helping families do better all around.
This webinar tells the story of how an ad hoc community group in Manistique – including leaders from the city, the hospital, the school district, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the chamber of commerce, and a retiree – identified two aspects of health where they thought they could make a difference: healthy foods and walkability, and worked together to do just that. This webinar could be a great resource for youth and community leaders working to keep rural tribal communities healthy!