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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Progress Village Named Community Health Hero


Celebrating the recognition of Progress Village as a Community Health Hero are back row from left, Claudia Crisp of
Progress Village, Ranae McCauley of United Way of Northwest Michigan, Dana Tuller of Progress Village, Nikia Parker
of Progress Village, and Jan Warren of Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. In the front row from left are
Diane Butler of Munson Medical Center, and Dan Johnson, chair of the Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee.

Progress Village Named Community Health Hero
Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee honor poverty-oriented group

Progress Village of Traverse City has been recognized as a Community Health Hero by the Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee.

The award represents the first of a series of recognitions the committee plans as it works with area entities to improve health and wellness in communities served by Munson Healthcare.

“We know there are groups and organizations all across the region who are working hard to address key issues that impact the health and wellness of our communities,” said Dan Johnson, chair of the Community Health Committee. “We hope through this award to put a spotlight on these efforts and raise awareness about the great things that are taking place to make northern Michigan a better place to live.”

Factors that go into the recognition include programs and services that:
• Improve access to care.
• Address the unmet health needs of the uninsured, underinsured, and disenfranchised.
• Address the unmet or emerging health issues of the youth and elderly.
• Focus on chronic disease prevention and management.

Progress Village members characterize themselves as a group of neighbors who want to play an active role their own community’s response to poverty by helping others understand the reality and challenges of living in the crisis of poverty. Many have struggled with poverty and are now working with the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to provide community outreach.

The group has organized an event called “Introduction to Poverty 101” to help local service providers understand the facts, myths, and realities of living in poverty.

“We appreciate and honor Progress Village’s efforts to create opportunities to move people out of poverty and better serve those living in poverty,” said Ed Ness, president and CEO of Munson Healthcare. “Since there is often a direct correlation between poor health and poverty we see this group making a real impact. Their work to reach out and develop real solutions for their neighbors makes them a Community Health Hero.”

Members of Progress Village were presented with their Community Health Hero award at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee plans to issue Community Health Hero recognition four times a year. More information on the award is available at munsonhealthcare.org/communityhealth-heros.