CHEER Convenes Health Enterprise Zone Planning Retreat

April 29, 2013

On March 22 and March 23, 2013 CHEER convened a strategic planning retreat of the Long Branch Health Enterprise Zone Coalition.  The retreat resulted in a draft strategic plan, which identifies criteria for prioritizing HEZ programs.  These criteria were matched to specific proposed programs and the highest priority programs were identified.  The retreat was co-sponsored by CHEER and Kaiser Permanente. Participants in  the retreat included representatives from the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Holy Cross Hospital, Mary’s Center Health Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, IMPACT Silver Spring, and residents of the Takoma Park and Long Branch community. The retreat was facilitated by  John Buck and Monika Megyesi of Governance Alive, using a consent based decision making process called “dynamic governance.”


According to the draft proposal the top priority programs for the HEZ from the original proposal are:

  • Community Health Improvement Process:  Engage residents in community improvement processes that lead to greater awareness of health and social determinants of health and encourage their participation in strategies that improve their health and quality of life.

  • Healthy Takoma Fitness Program: Provide quality progr