At a time when spirits are generally low over the state of the economy, and the level of vitriol is high in matters of public interest, it is comforting to witness what promises to be a cooperative and uplifting community-wide effort.
Anyone who left the Wednesday morning meeting at the Clark County Extension Services office with anything less than a sense of optimism was not paying attention. This community is fortunate to have the resources and the vision revealed by the Clark Regional Foundation for the Promotion of Health and its partner, the Clark County Health Department and Home Health Agency.
With the proceeds from the recent sale of the Clark County hospital (just the business, not the property) to LifePoint Hospitals, the foundation board of directors has chosen to give something back — something really big.
The foundation and the health department hosted a kickoff Wednesday of “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships” (MAPP), an effort to involve the entire community in the development of a strategic plan for improving community health.