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March 24, 2016

Ottawa County population growth continues in 2015 The 2015 County population estimates were released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.  Some of the Ottawa County highlights include:  Ottawa County remains the 8th most populated county in Michigan;  Ottawa County was the fastest growing county in the State between 2014 and 2015 at 1.2%; Ottawa County was also the fastest growing county in the State between 2010 and 2015 with 6.1% growth; 55% of Ottawa’s population growth between 2010 and 2015 was the result of a natural increase, meaning there were more births than deaths in the county; 45% of Ottawa’s population growth between 2010 and 2015 was the result of a positive net migration, meaning more people moved into the county than moved out of the county. Read More.

March 24, 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Pinwheel Garden Kickoff Event - Thursday, March 3, 9:00am to 9:30am at the Herrick District Library (River Ave, Holland). Hear updates from community leaders, and help bring attention to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Assault. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health Pinwheel Garden Event will be on Thursday, March 31, 1pm - 12251 James Street, Holland. View other Pinwheel Garden locations and planting schedule. SCAN - Ottawa County Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council For more information, contact Leigh Moerdyke or call (616) 396-2301 ext. 127. Event Invitation.

March 22, 2016

Ottawa County is the healthiest county in Michigan, according to new national rankings
Ottawa County ranks 1st out of 83 counties in Michigan for health outcomes, according to the 2016 County Health Rankings (CHR), released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Annual rankings show where counties do well and where there are opportunities for improvement. Since 2014, Ottawa County improved or maintained in 85% of the 35 indicators that make up the ranking. While Ottawa County is the healthiest county in Michigan, the state ranks 35th out of 50 states, according to the 2015 America's Health Rankings Read More

March 17, 2016

County health report shares video stories, not just numbers Stories from "We make babies cry" to "GVSU students create sexual health educational videos", and many more!
As you read our 2015 Annual Report, you will find we took a different approach. Instead of simply submitting our budget and highlighting the happenings of our department, we shared our stories and demonstrated how we collaborate with our community. The articles written by our health department staff members were a heartfelt and extensive endeavor. We show how we collaborate with numerous people and organizations. To make these experiences come to life, we provided video stories (click the play buttons within the report). We want you to see the people who are working for the county, engaging with our community and making a difference in their lives. Read More & Share Link:

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Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Do you feel like you are the last to know about an Ottawa County Press Release? We are happy to add you to our media contact list. Email or call Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672.

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  • Shannon Felgner,
    Communications Manager

Main Office

  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 210
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4672
    FAX: (616) 738-4888
  • Monday - Friday:
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