The Community Data Scorecard, conducted by the Data Review Subcommittee, focuses on the collection and assessment Genesee County data to both inform and validate the activities of the Greater Flint Health Coalition as well as assist with the identification of community health needs. A major activity of the Subcommittee is to compile data from federal, state, and local resources including the voluntary sharing of data from its insurance, purchaser, provider, and government representatives into its Community Data Scorecard, which measures ongoing changes and impacts on the healthcare delivery system and health status in the Genesee County community. Partner organizations that contribute data for integration into the Scorecard include Genesee County’s primary health insurers (Health Alliance Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and McLaren Health Plan), all three Genesee County hospitals (Genesys Health System, McLaren Flint, and Hurley Medical Center), safety-net providers (Hamilton Community Health Network, Mott Children’s Health Center, and Genesee Health System), the City of Flint, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Medical Society, Genesee Health Plan, Genesee Intermediate School District, and Genesee County Department of Human Services.
The Scorecard incorporates a wide range of data components to effectively monitor and analyze health trends occurring Genesee County, including data related to:
Population, socio-economic, and economic Status;
Physician capacity and access;
Health plan utilization;
County health status;
Health care economic impact;
Child and birth measures; and
Collective impact measures.
The Scorecard serves as a useful tool in guiding areas of joint opportunity throughout the community.
The Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids is a free program that teaches families about healthy eating and preparing affordable foods from diverse cultures. This evidence-based program empowers children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh local foods and simple recipes. Participating families are provided with weekly incentives, nutrition resources, and a cook book at the end of the four week program that focuses on preparing health meals on $4 or less a day per person. The classes meet once week and days as well as times vary throughout the year.
Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids Recipes Include:
• Cuban beans with yellow rice, pineapple-banana salad, and green salad with lime dressing
• Potato pancakes with homemade applesauce
• Vegetable paella with Mediterranean flatbread
• Minestrone with breadsticks and fresh spinach salad
• Ethiopian lentils and cucumber yogurt salad
• Japanese rice bowl with crunchy cabbage salad
Parent’s Favorite Parts of the Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids Program
• “My favorite part of the program was trying new foods with my family without the commitment of buying a lot of groceries and being able to see what my son will eat. I enjoyed the class, it gave me new recipes and veggies to try.”
• “I loved how kids can help in chopping and stirring of meals. Now my kids look for healthy foods to eat.”
• “My favorite part was seeing my children willing and eager to cook and eat different foods.”
• “Everything especially that we got to try new foods and learn new things.”
Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign
The Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign seeks to implement interventions to eliminate the access barriers to dental services for children ages zero through five years.
After assessment of the current system of children’s dental care and existing barriers to dental services, the Children’s Oral Health Task Force focused on oral health education as its central activity. The Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ recognition of the importance of oral health, educate them on good oral health behaviors to practice with their children, and raise providers’ awareness of children’s oral health issues while promoting best-practice related prevention.
The Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign places a special emphasis on strategies for the population most at risk for developing tooth decay – low income children covered by Medicaid insurance. Successful strategies that have been adopted by other communities include the Children’s Oral Health Education Wheel (of which over 100,000 have been distributed) and Dentist Referral Guide for Infants & Toddlers.
This community-wide communications campaign was designed to inspire hope and promote health of Flint area kids. The message of the campaign is that Flint Kids Are strong, smart, healthy, creative and capable of achieving anything that they set their minds to – and they are going to prove it to you.
The Flint water crisis has had a significant impact on the lives of Flint children. The Flint Kids Are campaign gives kids a way to tell their own story, using their own words.
“Our Flint Kids amaze and inspire me every day,” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. “This campaign is critically important because it allows Flint kids to share with other Flint kids their incredible message of hope, strength and positivity.”
The campaign belongs to the community and was developed in collaboration with the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, National Basketball Players Association, and the United Way of Genesee County. Funding for the campaign is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
If you or your organization would like to get involved or receive campaign materials, contact the United Way of Genesee County at 810-232-8121. You may also learn more about the Flint Kids Are initiative at flintcares.org/flintkidsare or by using the hashtag #FlintKidsAre online.
With increasing healthcare costs, and employees spending upwards of 40 hours a week at work, employer based wellness programs are crucial to improving the health of Genesee County residents. To support the implementation of effective workplace wellness programs, Commit to Fit! has created a free, Employer-Based Comprehensive Wellness Toolkit.
For businesses new to workplace wellness, this Toolkit serves as a step by step guide for successful program implementation; from gaining leadership support, to creating healthy work environments. For established workplace wellness programs, this Toolkit provides you with information on FREE Commit to Fit! programs available for your workplace, and ideas for program expansion. To request a Toolkit contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commit to Fit! Certified Healthy Workplace Designation
This certification aims to acknowledge businesses actively working to improve the health of their employees by providing workplace wellness programming and a healthy work environment. Businesses and organizations will be scored on the comprehensiveness of their current workplace wellness programs. Categories include: Workplace environment, policies, leadership support and wellness program components. All Genesee County and Flint businesses and organizations are eligible to participate.
Visit commit2fit.com to complete the application for the Certified Healthy Workplace Designation.
To learn more about implementing a workplace wellness program with support of Commit to Fit!, contact the GFHC or visit www.commit2fit.com today.
The Commit to Fit! Prescription for Health program is an evidence-based program that seeks to improve the physician-patient relationship and create or increase use of community-based tools. These tools will not only improve resident physical activity, nutrition, and wellness, they will also aid physicians to better assess, review, and promote physical activity to patients.
Through the Commit to Fit! Prescription for Health Program, patients and residents will be provided with disease-specific activity plans. Additionally, they will be provided linkages to community-based physical activity, health maintenance, and wellness resources, such as opportunities to practice physical activity in safe, affordable locations.
Materials for Adults Available Include:
• Exercising with High Blood Pressure
• Exercising with Type II Diabetes
• Exercising with Anxiety and Depression
• Exercising with Osteoporosis
• Exercising with Obesity
• Exercising with Cancer
• Exercising with Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Exercising while Pregnant
• Guidelines and Type of Physical Activity
• Prescription Pads
Materials for Children Available Include:
• Children and Obesity
• Physical Activity Guidelines for Children
• Physical Activity Guidelines for Children with Asthma
• Prescription Pads
Commit to Fit! offers all of these resources to physicians for free!
As part of the Affordable Care Act, all non-profit hospitals are required to conduct an annual community health needs assessment (CHNA) – an ongoing process to evaluate the health needs of the community, prioritize the needs identified, and develop/implement strategies to address them. Genesee County’s three hospitals (Ascension Genesys Hospital, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Flint) along with the Genesee County Health Department have agreed to work together and have the GFHC facilitate a joint CHNA for their organizations as well as coordinate implementation plans for meeting community needs. The initial joint Community Health Needs Assessment for Flint & Genesee County was completed in October, 2012.
To assist with this process, the GFHC utilizes its existing Community Data Scorecard and partner relationships, and conducts resident input surveys to ensure needs are community informed.
Project Healthy Schools is a middle-school based program (originally developed by the University of Michigan in 2004) that is designed to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term consequences. The program encourages life-long healthy habits through education, environment change, and measurement. Commit to Fit, a community-wide health behavior improvement program that is now being utilized by over 340 different organizations in Genesee County, has created a new partnership program with Project Healthy Schools. Together, the GFHC’s Commit to Fit! Project Healthy Schools Program provides middle-school focused education and environmental change that is evidence-based, while offering health resources, incentives an interactive behavior tracking website, and much more to middle schools.
Commit to Fit! Project Healthy School Goals:
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Be physically active at least 150 minutes each week
Eat less fast and fatty foods
Choose better beverages
Spend less mindless time in front of a screen
As a part of Project Healthy Schools implementation in Genesee County/Flint, students are able to monitor their health behaviors via the Commit to Fit! website, www.commit2fit.com.
Goals emphasized are:
Hands-on learning activities for 6th and 7th graders
A Healthy Habits Commit to Fit! Challenge to encourage achievement of healthy goals and earn healthy incentives through a fun competition between classes
School-wide wellness activities and events
An end of year event with a focus on physical activity
Healthier food service and beverage options
Bulletin board displays promoting wellness
Communication with staff and families
Formation of a school wellness team
Project Healthy Schools was originally developed by the University of Michigan Health System. In Genesee County/Flint, the Great Flint Health Coalition has launched Project Healthy Schools in partnership with Commit to Fit at Grand Blanc West Middle School, Grand Blanc East Middle School, Carman Ainsworth Middle School, Armstrong Middle School, Mt. Morris, and St. John Vianney. Multiple local partners have also assisted with implementation.
If your school district is interested in implementing Project Healthy Schools, please contact the GFHC today via email at email@example.com, subject Project Healthy Schools.