Get Involved

Listed below are the 1 in 21 action teams and their focus

Resilience Muskegon

Increasing emotional wellness and building a resilient community. Meets at 1:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month at HealthWest, 376 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon Contact: Lauren Meldrum, HealthWest

Healthcare Providers Work Group

Engaging healthcare providers to implement 1 in 21 strategies. Meets at 7:00 am on the 1st Friday of the month at Access Health, 1200 Ransom, Muskegon. Contact: Dr. Joel Jarvis

KnowSmoke Coalition

Reducing the use of tobacco in Muskegon County. Meets 9:30am on 4th Monday of the month at the Coffee Factory, 930 Washington Ave., Muskegon. Contact: Missy Gallegos, Public Health Muskegon County

Physical Activity Action Team

Increasing physical activity in our community members. Meets at 8:00 am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Lakeshore Fitness Center, 900 W. Western Ave., Muskegon  Contact: Rachel Fawcett, Lakeshore Fitness Center


Engaging and educating students and parents on healthy choices/lifestyles. Contact: Dan Gorman, Montague -Whitehall Schools

Healthy Eating Action Team

Increasing healthy eating in our community Contact: Bruce Spoelman, Muskegon YMCA


Empower companies, organizations and business to create a culture of health. Meets 9:00am, 4th Wednesday of the month at Access Health, 1200 Ransom St., Muskegon. Contact: Jamie Hekker, 1 in 21 Coordinator

For general 1 in 21 inquiries, or if you are not sure which committee to connect with, please contact

Not able to join a committee? You can still help our community achieve its vision of a healthier place to live, work and play by living a healthier lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same!

The launch of 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County was prompted by the low results Muskegon County received in the County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings, produced by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Muskegon currently ranks 72 out of 83 Michigan counties overall and 68 in Health Factors. The vision of 1 in 21 is that Muskegon will be the Healthiest County in Michigan by 2021. It is an ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved if we all work together! The founding partners of 1 in 21, brought together by the Muskegon Rotary Club’s Health and Wellness Committee, convened a summit in March 2011 to discuss these findings. After the summit, core values were established to support the common vision of a healthier community:

  • Inclusive participation and ownership, from all levels of the community
  • Collaborative, cross-sector leadership and action
  • Reduction of health disparities
  • Cultural competency
  • Emphasis on evidence-based, best practice strategies
  • Efficient stewardship of community resources
  • Sustainable initiatives and activities

Sub-committees were established to work on the strategic goals developed to make the vision a reality.


  • Reduce Obesity Rates in Muskegon County
  • Reduce Smoking Rates in Muskegon County


  • Increase in residents who maintain a healthy diet
  • Increase in residents who engage in regular physical activity
  • Increase emotional wellness of community residents
  • Ensure all residents have access to a health coach
  • Create a movement for a culture of wellness
  • Reduce smoking among teens and young adults through prevention, reduced youth access and cessation services