Detroit Area Health Council
Active for Life
Active Living Every Day is
offered through the Greater Detroit Area Health Council
in conjunction with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in four neighborhood-based
locations in Detroit. Lead neighborhood partners include
the Northwest Neighborhood Health Empowerment Center, New
Calvary Baptist Church, Cass Community Social Services and
Virginia Park Senior Citizens Service Corporation. Additionally,
the City of Detroit Departments of Recreation and Health
& Wellness Promotion provide advisory, advocacy and
The program targets recruitment through
community, senior and faith-based sectors which include
neighborhood-based agencies, employers, and social networks
such as churches, social clubs, senior apartment building
dwellers and block clubs. Community leadership is instrumental
with Detroit’s project for decision-making and governance.
The Executive Committee governs the project and four geographic
specific Community Councils represented by neighborhood
leaders coordinate delivery of the Active Living Everyday
Model through support groups in their neighborhood, and
community-wide promotion of the Active Living philosophy.
According to Vernice Davis Anthony,
President & CEO, GDAHC, participants and graduates report
the program is extremely valuable with helping them develop
plans to become physically active and encourage sustained
commitment to their new goals. We're finding that participants
often change their lifestyles to accommodate physical activity
within the first few Active for Life sessions. AFL allows
us to reach at-risk citizens who without this program, likely
would not be exposed to information on Active Living.
Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), a regional coalition
dedicated to improving health care quality, access and cost
in Southeastern Michigan, is actively involved in issue
analysis, health care planning, community education and
developing solutions for regional health care delivery to
improve community health status.
Area Agency on Aging serves senior adults to assist
older persons in maximizing their personal independence
and dignity through removal of social, economic, physical
and psychological barriers with a special emphasis on older
persons who are frail, low income and/or minority.
State University Department of Community Medicine/Community
Health Institutes leads a range of teaching, participatory
research, and primary care initiatives to reduce disparity
and improve the quality of life in local communities.