Building Healthy Communities

The Building Healthy Communities program creates policy, system, and environment changes that support physical activity and healthy eating. The program is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and aims to reduce cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Washtenaw County Health Department works with partners and residents to implement local projects where they are most needed and can be most effective.

Healthy Food Access Projects Request for Proposals

We are currently accepting applications for our next grant funding period (January 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020). Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, November 15, 2019. Project site(s) must be in Washtenaw County and include activities in the City of Ypsilanti and/or Ypsilanti Township. 

RFP Documents:

Past Projects

Past projects have helped launch:

  • Local farmers markets in Ypsilanti and Chelsea
  • Healthy food assistance programs
  • Non-motorized planning initiatives
  • Walking and biking trails
  • The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council and Prescription for Health
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2019 Funded Partners

  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Avalon Housing
  • Community Action Network (CAN)
  • Food Gatherers
  • Livingston County Health Department
  • Ozone House
  • Saline Parks & Recreation
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • The Corner Health Center