‘What the Health?!’ Event Re-cap

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On March 23rd, over 120 community members gathered in Grand Marais, Minnesota for “What the Health?! How do we plan for community vitality?”, an evening to explore the relationships between health and community planning. The event kicked off with dinner and discussion about the question: “What makes a community healthy?”

Attendees wrote down their responses and ideas to “What makes a community healthy?” on the tabletops during dinner and discussion. The word cloud above is of the shared ideas or you can read the full list here.

Dinner and discussion were followed by improv comedy with The Theater of Public Policy, and Q&A local panelists: Dr. Paul Terrill, County and Zoning specialist David Demmer, and Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux. A video of the show is available below.

Takeaways from the night were many, but this is just the start of a larger community conversation. As the City of Grand Marais and other local entities work on community planning and visioning, our community will have many opportunities to share their input and shape the future health of our communities. Sign-up for the Moving Matters Newsletter to keep up to date on new opportunities to be involved.



 

 

Improv Comedy Explores Community Planning and Health on March 23rd

The Theater of Public Policy

The Theater of Public Policy

What happens when we bring together community members and elected officials, add dinner from the Pie Place, a panel of local experts, and an improv comedy theater company? Find out at “What the Health?! How Do We Plan for Community Vitality?” on March 23rd, presented by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. This entertaining, free event will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Theater of Public Policy and local experts will be helping us explore the relationships between health and community planning. How can we create a community in which everyone has a chance to live a long, healthy life?

“We thought it would be fun to create an event where people can explore the idea of community planning and health in conversations over dinner and through an improv comedy show. And it’s March, so we are all feeling a little cabin fever! The Theater of Public Policy fits the bill to keep it lighthearted and entertaining while delving into real issues and solutions,” said Kristin Wharton, Coordinator of the Moving Matters project at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

Local government and community groups have a lot of influence over the factors that create a healthy community, whether or not it is always apparent. In the communities around us, factors such as housing, transportation, and land use can have a significant impact on our health. “What the Health?!” is an opportunity to explore the ways that we can use the tools available to promote the safety, health, and welfare of our community: be it through city ordinance, county plan, tribal food program, school initiatives, or other means.

The Theater of Public Policy is Minnesota’s favorite (and only) civics-inspired improv comedy company and will be making its first appearance in Cook County on March 23rd. The Theater of Public Policy is a unique forum meant to bring hard “thinky stuff” to life on stage. It’s ‘Meet the Press’ meets ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’.

As we gear up for this fun event, be sure to keep an eye out around the county for the #ThisIsHealth posters to see some ways we are already creating health in our communities. Come to the event on the 23rd with other examples in mind of how we can create health in our community outside of the health facilities.

This is a free event; dinner and child care will be provided. Please reserve your spot by contacting Hartley Newell-Acero, Hartley@sawtoothmountainclinic.org or 218-387-2330 x163, including the number of children for the childcare option at the YMCA. “What the Health?!” is presented by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Moving Matters project, with planning assistance from the Active Living Steering Committee. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with additional support from the Bush Foundation. Learn more about the Bush Foundation on March 24th at their lunch event at North House.

Originally printed in the Cook County News-Herald.

Download the ‘What the Health?!’ Flyer here.