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Plan4Health Lake County

Plan4HealthLogoThe Plan4Health Lake County coalition aims to develop personalized Community Health Action Plans for communities in Lake County lacking access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. By working with a diverse group of professional partners and residents, Plan4Health Lake County will create a model for developing comprehensive Community Health Action Plans in addition to the Plan itself.

Impact and Reach

The Lake County coalition reached approximately 122,500 people in the following communities in Lake County, Ohio:

  • Willoughby Hills
  • Willoughby
  • Willowick
  • Wickliffe
  • Eastlake
  • Mentor on the Lake
  • Mentor
  • Grand River
  • Painesville City
  • Painesville Township
  • Fairport Harbor
  • Perry Township
  • Madison Township
  • Madison Village

The coalition used community action plan strategies:

  • Improvement of the parks
  • Improvement to infrastructure for non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians
  • Creation of new parks
  • Proposing a complete streets policy
  • Creation of a new off-road trail
  • Study and survey of ways to improve the programs, facilities and nutrition at the Madison County Senior Center

The coalition had quite a few communities in their target area and struggled to coordinate the plans of the different municipal areas. Each community did not have sufficient monies allocated to their specific area. This meant that each community had only basic drawings and could not provide construction drawings or promotional drawings.

Lessons Learned and Reflections

Being able to limit the number of communities would have been beneficial to the success of the project. The coordinator position needs to be full time to dedicate all of the staff time to the project with limited alternate duties. The project has resulted in the Community Development Block Grant Manager to be interested in completing some of the recommendations in the plan using unencumbered funds.

Successes and Sustainability

The coalition is working with each and every community to request a representative to participate on the coalition. The presentations to local communities are continuing and the communities are being provided information about upcoming grant opportunities and working with a grant writing group to help them apply.

Learn more about our impact:

  • Success story: April 2017
  • Success story: October 2016
  • Fact sheet: April 2016
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Fairport Harbor
Grand River
Mentor on the Lake
Willoughby Hills

Coalition Members

Lake County Planning & Community Development
Lake County General Health District
Lake County GIS Department
ACHIEVE Wellness Lake County
Lake County Metroparks