GDAHC partners with Macomb County Health Department and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital to receive four-year, $440,000 state grant
The grant supports programming to reduce chronic disease in three Macomb County communities
The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) has been chosen as one of four organizations to receive a $440,000 four-year annual grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), to focus on reducing chronic disease.

"Health disparities have a direct correlation to the cost of health care in our communities," said Kate Kohn-Parrott, GDAHC president and CEO. "In partnership with the Macomb County Health Department and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, along with our other incredible partners, GDAHC seeks to provide individuals and families with the tools necessary to reduce obesity and diabetes. We as an organization are also looking forward to extending our reach into Macomb County with new partners."


The grant-funded program's goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities related to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. GDAHC is partnering with the Macomb County Health Department and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and will collaborate with ACCESS, the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers, Michigan Business and Professional Association, the MSU Extension Center, Walgreens, and the YMCA. The work will take place in the communities of Eastpointe, Roseville and Warren, primarily.


"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with GDAHC, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and numerous community organizations to build the capacity of local public health and chronic disease prevention in Macomb County," said William Ridella, director/health officer for Macomb County Health Department. "Macomb County's population growth, diversity and areas of need provide a prime opportunity for innovative and collaborative approaches to improve the health and wellness of our residents and workforce."


While strides have been made, chronic diseases affect nearly 4 million Michiganders and cause more than 50,000 deaths annually, according to MDCH. In addition to the quality of life impact, the financial burden related to chronic disease accounts for $49.5 billion of an estimated $66 billion in annual health care spending.


"Henry Ford Macomb Hospital (HFMH) welcomes the opportunities this collaborative effort brings to enhance community-based efforts to help prevent and promote understanding of treatment of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension among Macomb County residents," said Barbara Rossmann, president and CEO of HFMH. "The Henry Ford Macomb Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministry and School Health Networks will leverage relationships to enhance and expand community benefit outreach activities. This grant provides an innovative and proven Centers for Disease Control (CDC) program and original, client centered teaching materials to aid clients in learning health related self-care, lifestyle changes and prevention strategies. Community health workers and their health teams will be given the assistance they need as they work toward measurable prevention and health improvement outcomes."


In efforts to reduce chronic disease, study after study indicates that risk factors are minimized when obesity is addressed. In Michigan, 65 percent of adults are either overweight or obese. Compared to the 20 percent of healthy-weight adults, 56 percent of obese adults have comorbid diagnoses of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.


"These funds provide an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and support local partners in addressing risk factors in our high burden communities," MDCH Director Nick Lyon said. "With these additional resources, the selected community programs will go far to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for Michigan residents."


You and other stakeholders in our community can expect specifics about the programming delivered by GDAHC in the coming weeks. In addition to GDAHC, the Grand Rapids YMCA Association, ProMedica/Bixby Hospital, and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan were chosen by the MDCH to participate in this grant funding program.
Dates TBD
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