Midland County's needs assessment was conducted by the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) with the support and endorsement of the Health and Human Services Council (Community Collaborative). One of the issues often seen with a needs assessment is that numbers alone don’t always tell the entire story. Because of this, in addition to the quantitative data collection, Midland County has invested in an ongoing process of community engagement to gauge, measure and address the needs of the community. The work began with the Health and Human Services Council and The 10 Community Top Needs and has continued through a collaborative process throughout the community. Highlights include:
1) Midland: Exploring Our Future. This community planning process was initiated by the Midland Community Success Panel to be a community-based strategic plan in 2014.
2) The 2014 Midland County Community Health Survey and Report. The Health and Human Service Council conducted a public community health survey for Midland County in partnership with Saginaw Valley State University.
3) In response to the 2014 Report, the Health and Human Services Council is initiating a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in 2015 that will examine 3 key priority areas: (a) Later In Life Quality; (b) Substance Abuse/Tobacco; and (c) Obesity/Inactivity.
4) In 2015, data from the United Way Study ALICE in Michigan (ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) was a statewide report that explored the lives of the working poor in Michigan and its counties, including Midland.
We look forward to the community utilizing this information so that we as a community can develop key community goals to help us improve Midland County. Please explore this website for details in each topic area, and feel free to contact the Midland Area Community Foundation with any questions or concerns you may have.
Midland Health and Human Services Council