creating a system that ensures livability for all
muskegon co. residents


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The United Way of the Lakeshore, Mercy Health Muskegon, the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and many others are convening 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 - click the link below and register to attend on Sept 10! 

Muskegon County: potential for optimum livability

Cross-sector Perspectives + Human-centered Design = a Healthy and Thriving Muskegon County

Muskegon County Social Determinants of Health

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 are ready to collectively take action! Come ready to be energized, inspired, and focused on the work it will take to move our community in the direction we all envision. September 10 is just the beginning, show up, team up, and help take us to the next level in the 100-day challenge that awaits.

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Muskegon's 100-Day Challenge - You in?

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, will be 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 hear from as many people as possible,  anyone who lives, works, and plays in Muskegon County, to get a true representation of our strengths and our areas of concern. 

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 continue to seek more input to help identify priority areas and a common vision for Muskegon County . YOU ARE NEEDED - if you haven't already, please participate in the conversation! Send us an email and let us know you want to contribute your ideas so we can include your voice in the mix - we have a short questionnaire about livability that we can provide to you,  with room to add additional thoughts.

Supported by the muskegon community health innovation region

Leadership Team:

Mercy Health United Way of the Lakeshore

Supported by:


Additional information about the Muskegon Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) can be found at

Additional Leaders:


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.