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If you care about Otsego County, this meeting is for you!

OCTOBER 10, 2012 – Anyone who cares about Otsego County is invited to participate in two interactive, community-wide priority-setting sessions. Participants will review data collected in the past 12 months by the Otsego County Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP) Committee, Otsego County Quality of Life Project, and Otsego County United Way to determine county-wide priorities for the next three years. The first meeting takes place on Thursday, October 18, 1-4PM at M-TEC, and will focus on community health issues. The second meeting, scheduled for Thursday, October 25 from 1-4 PM at United Way, will focus on education and income. Participants can attend one or both meetings at no charge. All are welcome, but space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Liane Hagerman at

“Community members and representatives from organizations from all over Otsego County have participated in Quality of Life and Community Health Assessments over the last 12 months,” said Christie Perdue, Director of Foundation and Marketing at Otsego Memorial Hospital and Chair of the Otsego County MAPP Committee of the Otsego County Human Services Network. “Now it's time for the community to come together and determine the priorities we'll work to impact over the next two to three years. True community can only be built by local residents deciding what their local issues are, agreeing they have the power to decide how to address them, and then becoming the key motivators in implementing the solution."

According to Lorraine Manary, Executive Director of the Otsego County United Way, community involvement in the process is crucial. “Once we've selected two or three top priorities, we'll be organizing an Impact Council for each to develop a Strategic Action Plan,” she said. “Working together, we can make lasting improvements that residents or organizations could never make individually.”

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is facilitating MAPP in a 7-county region across the tip of the mitt in partnership with Charlevoix Area Hospital, McLaren Northern Michigan, Northern Health Plan, and Otsego Memorial Hospital. Similar meetings are planned Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties. For additional information, please contact Jane Sundmacher at 231-347-5041 or

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.