MIllcreek

Population: 61,270

Designation Year: 2021

Millcreek wants every resident to have an equal opportunity to be healthy. To achieve this, Millcreek established the Millcreek Promise Program to create a safer, healthier community for all. The Promise Program plans events and service projects to increase access to healthy food, de-stigmatize mental health, and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation. Millcreek installed a futsal court in a portion of the city home to lower-income, immigrant, and refugee populations. Millcreek also partnered with the IRC New Roots Program to promote local food production and incentivize growing culturally appropriate foods. The city website has a resource page to inform residents of opportunities for healthy eating, active living, and improving mental health.

Strategies Selected

Collaboration

A relationship with the local health department

A resource page on their website to assist in accessing healthy foods, physical activity, and mental health resources

Health-related objectives in their general plan

A moderate income housing plan

Access to Healthy Food

A farmers market that accepts SNAP benefits

Provided financial incentives for a grocery store to locate in an underserved area

A community garden

Active Living

Free and/or low-cost community sports/fitness programs for adults and children

Conducted a walkability audit

Connected walking and biking trails

An active transportation plan

An ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights

Wayfinding signage that promotes active transportation

Mental Health

At least one evidence-based program or initiative that provides education, awareness, and training to community members around mental health

Promoted the use of the SafeUT app in schools and other community centers

Medication disposal services, locations, or programs

Gun locks available for free for community members