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Collective impact happens when a group of organizations commit to addressing a community-wide social issue that cannot be solved alone.  It means adopting a new way of working by bringing nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public together around a common agenda.  Collective impact can produce large-scale social change in ways that other forms of collaboration and individual efforts have not.  


Be Healthy Berrien is a county-wide partnership of Berrien County Health Department, Lakeland Health, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, United Way of Southwest Michigan, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA, and Niles-Buchanan YMCA. Our partners are committed to working together to reduce obesity and chronic illness. Be Healthy Berrien is working with community partners to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity for all residents and making healthy choices easy for all people regardless of age, disability/mobility, or socioeconomic status.

For more information, visit www.behealthyberrien.org or contact Heather Cole at heather.cole@uwsm.org.