- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local health departments in several Michigan counties are working with community groups to create a network dedicated to bringing health equity in the state.

Plans for the “Michigan Power to Thrive” network are being announced Thursday at Cristo Rey Parish in Lansing. The first effort aims to encourage cities and counties to adopt a “Health in All Policies” approach in their decision-making processes.

Organizers say the approach originated with the World Health Organization and calls for consideration of health consequences in policy decisions.

Those involved include GAMALIEL of Michigan and health officials in Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent, Saginaw, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Public health professionals gathered in November for a two-day meeting to conceive the network.


Plans call for the network to add more counties in the coming year.