Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan (HKHM) formed in 2007 when Governor Granholm received a one-year grant award from the National Governors Association through the Healthy Kids, Healthy America program. This program was designed to provide the nation’s governors with the opportunity and means to make progress in addressing childhood obesity in schools and communities in their state. HKHM worked with executive-level decision-makers from government, public and private sectors, school districts, health care and non-profit organizations to create a multi-year strategic policy agenda to reduce childhood obesity in Michigan. In 2008, HKHM transformed into a coalition dedicated to reducing childhood obesity in Michigan through strategic policy initiatives.

The coalition has spearheaded several successful public policy campaigns including legislation to increase healthier food access in low-income communities, increase quality and variety of fresh produce in our school districts, and increase opportunities for Michigan youth to be physically active. While these achievements will have a tremendous impact on future generations, HKHM leadership realized more can be done to achieve better health outcomes for all children.

In 2019, the coalition refocused its effort away from advocating exclusively to reduce childhood obesity in order to focus on the health and well-being of children in general. This new mission allows HKHM to pursue policies that consider all the social determinants of health impacting children in our state, and work to mitigate these barriers through equitable solutions. By taking this approach, it’s our hope that we will be able to create a legacy of health for all of Michigan’s children.