Who is Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC)?
Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC) was established in 2004 as an oversight coalition for community health improvement activities in Manitowoc County, HMC coordinates the Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning process to address high priority needs in the community. Members represent government, business, healthcare, education, not-for-profit community service organizations, law enforcement, religious organizations and private citizens. HMC recognize that addressing healthy behaviors within all levels of the community will encourage positive choices, healthy lifestyles, and a better community. This will be accomplished through the Executive Team, Steering Committee and Subject Area Teams.
Healthiest Manitowoc County provides collaborative leadership to improve the health of Manitowoc County.
Everyone living longer, better.
Over the years HMC has been able to engage many partners to complete the work. HMC has always used a public health, population-based model to determine local needs, health priorities, and initiatives to address identified needs. In its initial integration, “Healthiest Manitowoc County 2010” has had many successes and impact.
- Hosted the first county-wide, Lakeshore’s Health Challenge. In the first year, there were 275 participants and 1,543.2 pounds were lost. Today the Lean on the Lakeshore community health challenge is led by Joni Shavlik and Gretchen Joubert and sponsored by Holy Family Memorial.
- Substance Abuse Prevention efforts have helped reduce youth substance use. In the last six years, 31% less students tried smoking, 10% less students drank alcohol and of those who drank, 10% less students admitted to binge drinking. The coalition has also been successful in obtaining two federally funded grants to assist with implementation of best practices. Some of these strategies have been replicated in the rest of state such as the Social Host ordinance, Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign, and Life of an Athlete.
- Most injury deaths in Manitowoc County are due to falls. The Injury/Falls prevention coalition worked to change organizational policies regarding provider reaction to falls and have distributed information and provided strength training classes such as Stepping On and Tai Chi. This work resulted in decreasing the rate of deaths from falls rates to from a high of 48/100,000 to 28/100,000 in 2015.
- In 2016 the Early Literacy workgroup of the Investing Early Coalition applied and received a grant from United Way. Early Literacy then coordinated with the local clinics and physicians to provide 8,180 books along with a prescription for parents/caregivers to read to their child daily.
- Health Literacy was awarded a grant for a pilot program to administer two programs: Navigating the Healthcare System and Let’s Talk about Medications.
- The Mental Wellness Coalition was officially formed in 2013. There are workgroups to address education and awareness, advocacy and access to services.
- Developed the “Healthy Teeth Healthy Kids” dental program, a school-based mobile dental clinic that served low income children initially at 8 schools. The program grew to serve all public schools in the county, and added a fixed site dental clinic that served low income adults. Medical primary care was added to the fixed site clinic, at which point the assets of Healthy Teeth were turned over to the Lakeshore Community Health Center (now called Lakeshore Community Health Care). Lakeshore Community Health Care provides comprehensive primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services www.lakeshorechc.org