Wyandotte Residents Offer Ideas to Improve Health

November 9, 2011  |  Foundation News

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Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) is a countywide initiative to involve local leaders and residents in improving the health of people in the community. HCW got its start in 2009 when Unified Governement of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Joe Reardon and Joe Connor, director of the Wyandotte County Public Health Department, convened community leaders and researchers to discuss health data that ranked Wyandotte County last in the state for overall health. In June 2010, Reardon and the Public Health Department convened agencies and organizations to discuss top health concerns. Their input, and that of county residents, formed the starting point for the HCW initiative.

From November 2010 to October 2011, community leaders and residents worked together to develop a set of goals and recommendations for how to improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in Wyandotte County. A Steering Committee established overarching goals and timelines; other community members participated on five Action Teams to brainstrom ideas for improvements in education, environmental infrastructure, nutrition, health services and communications. Action Teams developed a set of proposals in their focus areas. Those proposals were presented to community members at two public meetings on Oct. 18 and 19.

Read about Healthy Communities Wyandotte and review the Action Teams’ recommendations.