“Bringing Healthy Back” is a collaborative initiative designed to encourage young people and their families throughout Allegan County, Michigan, to make healthy choices relative to nutrition and physical activity. Partners in this initiative include Allegan General Hospital, Allegan’s Great Start Collaborative, Allegan County United Way, Perrigo, Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Allegan Public Schools, Allegan County Health Department, Allegan Professional Health Services, area mental health professionals and others.
The group is led by Pediatrician William Davis, M.D. of Allegan Professional Health Services. The collaborative has accomplished several important steps in this important journey including the sponsorship of nutrition training classes in elementary schools, distribution of “My Plate” food group educational models into the county’s preschools, and convened an interdisciplinary summit focusing on the importance of long term steps to address childhood obesity.
The group is also supporting the creation of school vegetable gardens, and focused nutrition education for teachers so that they can be better prepared to be mentors and role models for their students.
For sake of our kids, “Bringing Healthy Back” seeks to take new steps in fostering broader awareness, education and enthusiasm to encourage healthy life choices through expanded involvement and engagement with individuals and organizations who share our goals.
If you’d like to know more about “Bringing Healthy Back,” or would like to become part of our team, please contact the Allegan General Hospital Foundation at 269 686 4234.
Allegan Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force (ASAP) is a group of community professionals and parents who are working together to combine their prevention efforts, with the ultimate goal of reducing youth access to substances.
ASAP works to educate the public about substance use, provides resources to parents to help prevent youth substance use, and coordinates prevention-related activities.
ASAP is also a partner of the Talk Sooner media campaign. The campaign focuses on educating parents of youth between the ages of 10-18 to talk sooner and more often with their kids about substance use.
How to join ASAP: If you are interested in making a positive change in our community, join ASAP. Meetings take place bi-monthly at the Allegan County Services Building; however, attendance is not required in order to be involved. Many busy parents choose to stay informed and involved through a newsletter. To stay informed about ASAP, contact Heidi at email@example.com.
A group that believes suicide is preventable, support should be attainable and a program of education and prevention is needed in Allegan County. The coalition meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 12-1:30 at AAESA, 310 Thomas St., Allegan (the meeting is moving around based on space, please take out the meeting address) Everyone is invited to attend and become active in the work of the Coalition. For more information, call 269-673-6617 ext. 2711.
Working Together to:
- Promote awareness of suicide as a preventable public health issue
- Reduce the stigma associated with being a consumer of mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and other associated services
- Increase early identification and referral for individuals at risk of suicide
- Implement community and evidence-based suicide prevention programs
- Increase supports for suicide survivors
- Improve and expand surveillance and reporting
- Reduce access to lethal means and methods of self-harm
To achieve its goals, the Coalition has developed the following focus areas:
- Increase services to survivors of suicide loss.
- Reduce stigma by developing broad-based support of suicide prevention efforts in Allegan county. Promote awareness as a preventable public health issue.
- Increase early identification and referral for individuals at risk of suicide.
- Collect surveillance data-improve and expand current reporting measures.
To view the most recent Monitoring Suicidal Thoughts and Actions in Allegan Country report, click here.
In an effort to increase services to survivors of suicide loss, the Coalition can offer individual/family contacts for anyone that is interested in limited or brief support. For more information, please continue to contact Mimi Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269.673.6617 ext. 2711 to set up a date and time to meet with Mimi (survivor) and/or a mental health professional
The coalition offers QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) training to groups for free of charge. The training is a suicide prevention program intended to teach people to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communication of people who may be thinking of suicide and how to appropriately respond.
The training takes just one hour and is taught in a format that is clear and concise. Coalition members certified as a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor provide this training at no cost for groups up to 50 people.
For more information regarding suicide prevention and mental health, Allegan County Community Mental Health offers free Mental Health First Aid Training please check the News section for upcoming trainings.
The Social Emotional Wellness Committee is a subcommittee of the Allegan County Great Start Collaborative. Through a variety of initiatives, the group addresses children and families social and emotional health and the growing ability to form strong relationships with others, express and manage emotions and explore the world around them and problem-solve. For more information related to social-emotional health please click here.
Standing agenda items of the group include Whole Family Connection, Fatherhood Initiatives including workshops for incarcerated fathers and the Dad, Not Just a Name conference and Foster Care Initiatives.
The group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 9:00 am – 10:30 am at Allegan County Community Mental Health. To learn more and become involved, email Amy Embury at AEmbury@accmhs.org. For a list of social-emotional health resources available to Allegan County Residents, please visit the National Parent Helpline website.
Vision: Assured quality human services delivery through respectful, integrated leadership.
Mission: To improve the quality of life for the residents and communities of Allegan County by coordinating human service organization and agency activities.
Guiding Principles: To work together in a long-term collaborative effort designed to strengthen human service agencies. The guiding principles, which the Allegan County Multi-agency Collaborative Council will operate under are: To enhance the capacity of all services for mutual benefit and toward a common purpose by developing an integrated community system of care involving joint needs analysis, joint decision making, and appropriate blending of resources
- To work together in a long-term collaborative effort designed to strengthen human services delivery systems or service delivery to children and families living in Allegan County
- To reduce or eliminate all barriers to service accessibility and service delivery
- To recognize and respect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community
- To foster the healthy development of individuals and families in Allegan County through identification and reduction of risk factors and the enhancement or strengthening of healthy factors.
- To provide consistent monitoring of the health status of the community through regular examination of profile information and objective analysis of community statistics.
What is a Cool Parent: A cool parent is a person who is actively involved in their child’s life; is a positive influence for their child; stays informed about their child’s friends and their activities; and does not provide alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or prescription drugs to their child. The Cool Parent initiative is one of the latest efforts of ASAP.
As cool parents, it is our mission to openly talk with our teens about substance use, provide a safe place for substance-free activities, and enable them with knowledge and confidence to make good choices.
Are you a cool parent? Join Allegan County Cool Parents on Facebook.