Muskegon event to celebrate results of Livability Lab Challenge

Since its inception in 2019, the Livability Lab has united over 600 people to drive positive change throughout Muskegon in areas including child care, expungement, doula access, economic development, neighborhood development, medical debt, literacy, and more.

Next week, the community is invited to learn about its latest efforts at the Livability Lab 4.0 100-Day Celebration. It will be Feb. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Barclay Place Event Center, 2330 Barclay St., Muskegon.

Registration is required to attend the free event, which includes breakfast by Tudor Catering & Event Services. Reservations can be made via Eventbrite here.

Members of 15 Action Teams in this year’s 100-Day Challenge will make presentations.

Samantha Cornell, director of the Livability Lab and community-based services at Access Health, calls the Livability Lab Celebration “a great day for reflection and recognition for all the hard work the teams put in over the 100-Day Challenge,” during which community-based teams took on specific issues for 100 days and come up with concrete results.
More than 600 people have taken part in Muskegon's Livability Lab.
“During the event, we get to hear from teams, learn more about their projects, see what they have accomplished and see what the future has in store for their specific area,” Cornell says. “Each one of these Labs has resulted in positive community engagement and actions to enhance the Muskegon County area." 
During the event, members of the 15 Action Teams in this year’s 100-Day Challenge will make presentations. Here are a few examples of the topics:
  • Community garden database project team: Learn where community gardens and farms are in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights and hear about the vision for a comprehensive, user-friendly online public resource.
  • Birthing justice screenings team: Understand the birthing justice crisis faced by black mothers and their children and the changes needed to bring about better care for both. 
  • Transportation: Hear how expanding and strengthening partnerships can improve access to transportation. 
  • MiFam Team: Learn how the community is supporting adults with autism.
  • Muskegon Heights Trail Connection Team: See the vision for a trail within Muskegon Heights that connects with other trails throughout Muskegon County.  
  • Filipino seminar and exhibit team: Understand and recognize the value of the Filipino population throughout Muskegon County. 
The Community Health Innovation Region is dedicated to improving regional well-being and reducing medical costs through collaboration and systems change. Muskegon's CHIR, coordinated by Access Health, brings together stakeholders committed to addressing factors affecting residents' health, such as housing, transportation, food insecurity, and access to high-quality medical care. 

Photos courtesy of Chantal Elise Photography/Livability Lab

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