Cook County Public Health and Care Partners are thrilled to introduce the Cook County Age-Friendly Initiative, a community-driven effort aimed at enhancing the quality of life for all age demographics within our beloved Cook County. Support and advocacy from our local leaders and community partners have been the bedrock upon which this initiative is built, and together, we are sculpting a future where every resident is valued, supported, and engaged in every life stage.

Key Highlights:

🎯 Objective: Establish Cook County as an Age-Friendly Community, focusing on vital domains like Housing, Transportation, Health Services, and more.

πŸ“Š Survey: Engage in the Age-Friendly Community Assessment Need Survey to impart your valuable insights. Survey open through February 15, 2024!

πŸ—£οΈ Forums: Attend community forums, available both in-person and virtually via Zoom, to delve into specific matters. JUST ADDED – Wednesday, February 14, 11:30am at the Cook County YMCA!

πŸ“ˆ Action Plan: An action plan will be developed post-survey and forums, aligning our goals with a vision of a connected, supportive Cook County.

How You Can Participate:

🀝 Engage: Take part in the survey to voice your thoughts and experiences.

πŸ“’ Spread the Word: Help us reach more community members by sharing information about this initiative.

πŸ“Š Take the online Age Friendly Minnesota Needs Assessment Survey or pick up a paper copy at select locations including Cook County Public Health and Human Services. You can also call Care Partners at 218-387-3788 to take the survey by phone or ask to have a paper copy mailed to you.

πŸ“† Community Forum Details:

Birch Grove Community Center (Tofte)Wednesday, October 184:00 – 5:30 PM
Grand Marais Public LibraryThursday November 24:00 – 5:30 PM
Grand Portage Community CenterMonday, November 273:30 – 5:00 PM
Gunflint Mid-Trail: Schaap Community CenterWednesday, October 253:30 – 5:00 PM
Gunflint Upper-Trail: Seagull Lake Community CenterThursday, November 93:30 – 5:00 PM
Hovland Town HallWednesday, November 14:00 – 5:30 PM
Lutsen Town HallTuesday, October 174:00 – 5:30 PM
Online (via ZOOM)Friday, November 1012:00 – 1:30 PM
Schroeder Town HallTuesday, November 283:00 – 4:30 PM
Cook County YMCAWednesday, February 1411:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Get Involved and Win!

🎁 Incentive: Complete the survey enter a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card from one of our local grocery stores!

πŸ“… Drawing Date: Winners will be drawn in February after the survey closes.

Questions or More Information:

πŸ“ž Contact: Reach out to Andrea Tofte at or Julie Wilson at

Your continuous support and dedication are not only recognized but deeply valued. Together, we are crafting a future where every Cook County resident, regardless of age, is celebrated and supported.

Let’s unite to be a community where each person is honored, and every resident prospers!