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Community Collaborations: Healthy Community Initiatives
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST
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Community Collaborations: Healthy Community Initiatives

Wednesday, April 14, 2021



Community health is at the intersection of healthcare, economics and social interaction. Libraries are at the core of a healthy community and play a vital role in public health when they provide a gathering place for people and provide access to information and resources. Creating conditions that foster healthy communities ensures that all people can thrive, regardless of physical, social, or economic status.

Jackson District Library (JDL) is fortunate to be a partner of the Jackson Collaborative Network (JCN), a group of 500+ members from dozens of organizations, dedicated to the collective aim of identifying and addressing the root causes of systems issues that are contributing to inequities for residents and creating systems that support a healthy community. Learn how JDL uses this partnership to listen to community health survey data, to support service agencies by sharing program information, and to address barriers to accessing services.

Case studies include how the library helped support access to community health services through the Community Living Room project and the CareHub, the unexpected needs that emerge from community conversations, how the Trusted Advisors were created to reduce barriers to accessing services, and how many of the community health survey data points informed the launch of JDL’s adult literacy program in 2019.

Learn from JCN what insights they have gained, and how your library can be a beacon of community well-being within your own community.

Schedule at a Glance

9:30 – 11:00am

JCN Panel Presentation

11:00 – 11:30am

Questions and Answers


Sara Tackett

Sara Tackett, Director, Jackson District Library

Sara Tackett, Director of the Jackson District, was tasked to engage with the community when not as many families were coming to storytime 22 years ago in her role as the Youth Services Coordinator.  She currently serves on the boards of the Jackson Collaborative Network, the local Community Action Agency and the Friends of Michigan Libraries.

Sheri Butters
Sheri Butters, Jackson Collaborative Network

Sheri Butters is the Manager of the Jackson Collaborative Network, a multi-sector collective impact network of 500+ members in Jackson, MI that are focused on improving population level outcomes for all residents to ensure a healthy, safe, and thriving community.  Sheri manages the backbone operations of the network and provides guidance and direction to a small team of staff that provide core services and supports to network members to build community capacity to identify and address the root causes of systems issues that are contributing to inequitable outcomes for residents.

Jennifer Ganzel

Jennifer Ganzel, Parent Liaison of Jackson County Great Start Collaborative

Jennifer Ganzel has been working to help empower families as the Parent Liaison for the Jackson County Great Start Collaborative since 2012.  Her training in early childhood development, trauma and ACE’s and her growing passion to connect people and community through equity and inclusion have given her rich and rewarding experiences.


Laurie Gustafson, Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Laurie Gustafson works for Henry Ford Allegiance Health where she manages the Community Health department.  She is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing strategic programs and partnerships; managing metrics and data sets to monitor and continuously improve outcomes; and providing advocacy and leadership to address systemic drivers of poor health outcomes and disparities. Laurie holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling and a Master of Health Services Administration. She is passionate about strengthening collaboration between healthcare and community based organizations to establish a truly integrated system of health and wellbeing which promotes equitable access, engagement and outcomes.

Supplemental Material

Jackson Collaborative Network Shared Measurement System Goals & Baseline Data

CareHub CareHub - United Way of Jackson County (uwjackson.org)

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Early Bird Rates expire March 31, 2021.




Early Bird (3/31/2021)








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