Agencies work together to improve health of Brown County residents

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) A move is underway to improve the health of all who live in Brown County. As Kris Schuller reports, many agencies are working together to reach that goal.

In downtown Green Bay – agencies working together to better the area speak out. Talking of their collaborative efforts to move the needle in terms of improving health and quality of life in Brown County.

“Each partner has a unique role to play and together we can create a positive impact for generations to come,” said Natalie Bomstad, executive director of Wello.

According to a recent statewide survey Brown County ranks 31st out of 72 counties in terms of health outcomes and 49th in quality of life.

“The reality is we just need to do better,” said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

To that end experts in mental health, aging and overall well-being are partnering to create real change.

“Either we work in our silos and only work on those issues of which we have concern, like older adults, but we all understand we’re connected as a community,” said Devon Christianson, executive director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

To improve health, Brown County communities committed to keep the Fox River Trail open in the winter for recreational use.

“So far three years into it, I believe overall it’s been a great community asset to offer to people who live within this area,” Streckenbach said.

To help people stay connected – the Aging and Disability Resource Center offers constant programming.

“In terms of giving people an opportunity to connect socially, a way to exercise, to be engaged in their community, a way to volunteer, give back,” Christianson said.

Just two examples of ongoing efforts by the experts in this room, dedicated to make a lasting impact on the lives of all in Brown County.

“By coming together and synergizing some of those resources and knowledge – we can help have even greater impact,” Bomstad said.

These community partners hope to announce new initiatives – later this year.

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