The Building Healthy Communities program creates policy, system, and environmental 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.
Prescription for Health
Our Prescription for Health Program connects patients with lower incomes to their local farmers market through their medical clinic. Washtenaw County Health Department and clinic partners provide nutrition education and support in the clinic setting and at the farmers markets; patients redeem their prescriptions for fresh produce at the markets. For more information, contact Ariane Donnelly.
Senior Project Fresh / Market Fresh
The Senior Project Fresh / Market Fresh program provides low-income seniors with coupons to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at their local farmers markets. Washtenaw County Health Department receives a limited number of coupon booklets from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Services Agency each summer. The program runs from May 1 to October 31 each year.
To qualify for the program an individual must be:
60 years of age or older
Or 55 years of age or older AND a member of a federally-recognized tribe/an urban Native American group
Live in Washtenaw County
Have a total monthly household income of 185% of the poverty line or less ($1,967 for 1 person; $2,658 for 2 person household)
Coupon distribution has ended for the 2020 season. Please check back in May 2021 for an update about the 2021 season.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
WIC provides healthy foods for kids up to five years old and pregnant women. WIC also offers nutrition education and breastfeeding support.