A Community Approach
to Better Health
Vision: Healthy people connected to a thriving
Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO) is about achieving a community in where every person who lives, works, attends school, worships, or plays in Oakland County is a healthy person. With your help, this is an achievable goal.
Oakland County Health Division is launching ECHO but, as the name implies, we can’t do it alone. No single entity or agency can make a community healthy – so much more can be accomplished by working together with a common goal to improve health. Organizations, businesses, residents, and community leaders are welcome and encouraged to become involved.
ECHO uses a strategic process that provides a framework to guide the community in identifying priority health issues and taking action to address them. Working collectively and strategically enables the community to make our current resources work smarter.*
Here’s a brief overview:
Step 1) Identify – ECHO is gathering local information and data about health in order to create a comprehensive snapshot of our health status. This is a way to “take the pulse” of our community to identify health-related concerns and strengths. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of the first of many opportunities to let your voice be heard by answering this brief survey.
Step 2) Prioritize – Once the data is gathered, the community will determine what health issues need to be addressed and will then rank them.
Step 3) Act – ECHO will develop a coordinated action plan to empower partners throughout the community to play a role in addressing Oakland County’s health priorities. Improving the health of our community will take us all working together!
*ECHO uses Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), a model developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), for a planned approach to improve health and quality of life.