The Mason County Health Coalition was started in 2012 as a result of community input from that year’s Bridging the Gap meeting, hosted by the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. The coalition’s mission is to create a sustainable culture of health in our community by working together to make it easier for individuals to improve their own well-being.
Click here to join the Mason County Health Coalition’s Facebook group, where members are encouraged to post about community resources and events.
The coalition meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. Check our events page to see when the next meeting will be.
There are currently four committees of the Mason County Health Coalition, tackling health priorities identified in the community by its citizens.
KiCK iT (Knowledge to Invest in Community Kids through Intervention Training) is our substance-abuse prevention committee. The group is focused on “empowering a community of health decision-makers where individuals and industry can grow and thrive,” and encourages research-based education programs to all community partners that have access to K-12 students.
The Smoke-Free Partnership is dedicated to reducing the negative affects of second-hand smoke in our community. The group encourages smoke-free workplaces and other policies that reduce the public’s likelihood of breathing second-hand smoke.
Safe Communities is a new initiative of the Mason County Health Coalition and the Buffalo Trace District Health Department, focused on attaining the Safe Communities designation for our area. Its focus is on injury-prevention through, “engaging local partners who care about safety, using data to identify leading causes of injury, making a plan to address the issues using proven methods and measuring success.”
The Healthy Behaviors and Lifestyles committee is dedicated to overall health and well-being for our communities, especially physical activity, good mental health, and a balanced diet. Initiatives have included Screen-Free Week, Step It Up Kentucky programs, investment in the local farmers’ markets, and partnerships with the Mulberry Community Gardens. Click here to see the local farm and food directory created by committee member Carrie Taylor, Adult Agriculture/Horticulture Coordinator and Associate Professor at Maysville Community & Technical College.
For more information about the Mason County Health Coalition or any of its sub-committees, please contact us at 606-564-9447. For information about the Mulberry Community Gardens, contact Carrie Taylor at 606-759-7141.