About Us

Established in March 2011, the Local Learning Collaborative (LLC) consists of representatives from local health departments, local Healthy Start projects, and other community organizations that have worked in their communities to address racism, health equity, and health disparities. Through this collaboration, members are able to disseminate their experiences with other stakeholders to more effectively improve health and eliminate racism throughout Michigan.

Organizations were chosen to be part of this initiative based on three factors:

  1. if they participated in the MDCH 2008 Infant Mortality Summit,
  2. if they are a healthy start program, or
  3. were presenters at the 2010 MDCH Health Disparities Conference.
Four local health departments were later added because of their involvement in one of the Michigan communities recognized to have the highest African American infant mortality rates.

Members of the Local Learning Collaborative include:

  1. ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services)
  2. Berrien County Health Department
  3. Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion
  4. Genesee County Health Department
  5. Grand Rapids African American Health Initiative
  6. Grand Rapids "Strong Beginnings" Healthy Start
  7. Ingham County Health Department
  8. Institute for Population Health
  9. Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan/Native American Healthy Start
  10. Jackson County Health Department
  11. Kalamazoo County Health Department
  12. Kent County Health Department
  13. Michigan Minority Health Coalition
  14. National Kidney Foundation
  15. Oakland County Health Division
  16. Saginaw County Department of Public Health
  17. Washtenaw County Health Department
  18. Wayne County Department of Public Health

Click here to see the latest report on LLC activities (PDF)