Community Health helps build community prosperity.

How does health impact our economy?

Despite the many connections between our communities and our health, local communities traditionally have not based planning or policy decisions on the potential impacts to public health. Yet, many lifestyle and other health-related factors are impacted by policy, and local decisions and policies have immediate consequences on health outcomes.
Healthy employees mean lower costs for employers due to less absenteeism, lower health insurance rates, and more. Healthy children learn and perform better in school, making for a better-educated workforce later on. Healthy families are more engaged in their communities, volunteering, serving, and creating an environment where businesses want to be.
Other concerns associated with health care access for both seniors and those in poverty include the cost of care, and difficulties in accessing affordable care. Many of the region’s HPSA areas are designated low-income communities with high residents-per-physician ratios, which  can result in longer waiting times for residents to access health care services.

Source: A Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan

Primary Care Physicians Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Obesity Rate Source: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Medicare Reimbursements Source: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care