The Muskegon Livability Framework summarizes the community’s goals related to creating a system that ensures livability for all Muskegon County residents. The Livability Elements (in blue) represent what people need to thrive and prosper in Muskegon County. The Community Conditions (in orange) represent what needs to be in place across the county to promote the Livability Elements and achieve the Vision. Download the Framework below to access clickable links to explore the elements, conditions, and root causes in depth.
The United Way of the Lakeshore, Mercy Health Muskegon, the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and many others convened a 100-Day Challenge Summit, the Livability Lab, on September 10, 2019 to bring together individuals and groups from every sector throughout our county to mobilize around a common vision of livability.
The CHIR has chosen to focus the 100-Day Challenge process on creating a system where all Muskegon County residents have access to good health and well-being; and, that our community will not only thrive, but that all residents and families will have the opportunity to individually prosper and reach their full potential.
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If you are ready to participate in working toward the future we want in Muskegon County, in cross-sector teamwork, and learning new skills, there is still plenty of opportunity to get involved. Join a challenge team, or provide additional input or feedback, or any number of ways to get and stay involved! Fill out the form above and stay informed! Also, follow Livability Lab on Facebook and Twitter.
Livability (noun): Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and cohesion, healthcare, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.
After months of preparation, and compiling information and feedback, we have collectively begun to take action! We are energized, inspired, and focused on the work it will take to move our community in the direction we all envision. September 10 was the launch, but the real work begins now! Help take us to the next level in the 100-day challenge that is unfolding now.
The Livability Lab is the catalyst event for bringing all sectors - business, education, health, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, non-profit, government, and more - in the Muskegon community together to address strengths and areas of concern regarding our overall livability index. Together we'll apply new skills that support positive systems change.
The 100-day Challenge is like the R&D, or research and development phase, that businesses use to successfully introduce new products and services. A place to be creative, take risks, think differently, get client feedback, and review and refine the process.
Local coaches, trained by Michigan State University's ABLe Change leaders, are an ongoing part of the Challenge Team process at the Lab, and will guide with proven techniques and skills that help move the conversation forward and spark creative ideas and solutions.
It's important that we have participation from as many people as possible, anyone who lives, works, and plays in Muskegon County, to get a true representation of our community.
We have spent the last year gathering community input, from attending neighborhood association meetings and resident programs, to large community conversations, to hundreds of in-person interviews. We gathered 300 people together on September 10 and shared additional information and formed Challenge Teams. There is still much time ahead for anyone who wishes to get involved - if you haven't already, please participate in the conversation! Send us an email though the form above to get on the mailing list, or if you have direct questions email them to LivabilityLab@gmail.com.
Additional information about the Muskegon Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) can be found at https://michirlearning.org
Logos above represent a partial list of leaders working together in this initiative. Participants from diverse sectors including business, education, neighborhood associations, government, non-profit, and more.