Kent County
Health Connect
Health Equity Council

Representatives from Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and Community Members gather monthly to bring the voices of the populations they represent to drive the work of this group. The Community Voice members prioritize health concerns and contribute their perspective on strategies that would be most effective in addressing challenges. Community Voice members are compensated as equal stakeholders in this work.

Community Based Organizations

Participating organizations are trusted entities within their respective communities and focus on populations who disproportionately face hardships. They are in-tune with the needs of those that they serve, and are influential forces that advocate and work for positive change within their communities.

HEC Facilitator

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Indigenous Populations

Individuals Living with Disabilities

Black/African American

Black/African American

Black Impact Collaborative


Immigrants & Refugees

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Immigrants & Refugees

Treetops Collective

Immigrants & Refugees

Individuals who Identify as LGBTQ+

Women & Children

Asian Americans


Community Members

Community members on the Health Equity Council represent either the diverse populations who call Kent County home or those living in zip codes identified as having a high Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), which can limit opportunities for those living in these areas to achieve optimal health.  The Health Equity Council has representation from the following:

Racial/Ethnic Populations

  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Vietnamese
  • Asian Refugee/Immigrant

    Geographic Areas

    • Baxter Neighborhood
    • Roosevelt Park Neighborhood
    • Heartside Neighborhood
    • Madison/Hall Neighborhood
    • West Grand Neighborhood
    • Wyoming
    • Kentwood