MISSION

To improve the health of people within our region through effective use of information and collaboration to establish our region as a community of health excellence through a comprehensive focus on population health, patient experience, cost of care, and provider well-being

WHO WE ARE

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA)  is a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region it serves. This initiative is based on a core belief that solutions to our health and health care problems can be found and designed at a regional level, accelerating regional competitive advantage and sustainability.

Functionally and operationally, MiHIA works at many levels. In some cases, MiHIA acts as the convener for multiple parties, establishing shared goals and objectives, setting collective targets, or aligning business plans. In other cases, MiHIA is an assessor, evaluating processes and offerings to reduce redundancies, conducting environmental scans, or providing health data. MiHIA also seeks funding to bring resources to our area, and facilitates or supports projects or initiatives that will impact better health and health care in our region.

HISTORY

MiHIA has been involved in leading complex change since it was founded in 2007. The concept of creating a multi-stakeholder collaborative was a novel one for the region and required building goodwill, gaining trust, articulating the value proposition and establishing a unifying process for all stakeholders.

In our early years, MiHIA was awarded and completed a planning grant to be a regional component of the State Health Information Exchange plan. MiHIA’s plan and their request for an implementation grant were approved but unfortunately could not be funded due to budget shortfalls at the state and a new direction for Michigan Health Information Network. 

The geographic area served by MiHIA is comprised of 14 counties in the central Michigan region. They include Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. This region is one of nine medical trading areas defined by the State of Michigan Department of Community Health. The geography includes a population of about 800,000 people.

The MiHIA region is centrally located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and consists mainly of farmland, with a few moderately-sized cities in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties. The economy is primarily agricultural, with the vast majority of its area consisting of the fertile Saginaw Valley. The largest company headquartered in the area is The Dow Chemical Company in Midland. In Saginaw, the company with the largest number of employees is Covenant Healthcare.

The region also is home to several institutions of higher learning including Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta Community College and Northwood University. Another unique feature is the inclusion of an Indian Reservation as well as distributed members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe throughout the other counties. While the region includes state-of-the-art health care facilities and global corporations, its urban and rural areas also include sizeable economically depressed and medically underserved populations.

QUADRUPLE AIM FRAMEWORK

The Quadruple Aim framework is the compass to optimize health and health care. MiHIA’s regional approach is based on a core belief that solutions to national problems – like healthcare – can be found and designed at local levels.  Achieving the quadruple aim in healthcare is no easy task. It takes high levels of regional coordination and commitment across sectors. By implementing initiatives, programs, and technology aimed at improving each domain, our region can expect to see positive impact – improvements in staff engagement, cost efficiencies, and higher levels of patient satisfaction.

STAFF

MiHIA committees, workgroups, and project teams to ensure success. At every level, each is committed to fully support the vision and mission of MiHIA with a dedication to its success.

  • Beth Roszatycki
    Beth Roszatycki
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Daryn Papenfuse
    Daryn Papenfuse
  • Kate Cardinali
    Kate Cardinali
  • Mary Kushion
    Mary Kushion
  • Sapha Hassan
    Sapha Hassan
  • Shanna Hensler
    Shanna Hensler
  • Tina Swanton
    Tina Swanton

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The MiHIA Board of Directors is composed of a group of individuals who are committed to fully support the vision and mission of MiHIA with dedication to its success. This senior level Board of Directors serves as the primary authority of MiHIA, and represents a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including hospital systems, independent providers, universities, public and mental health organizations, consumers, health plans and employers This group of 15-21 individuals is responsible for the management oversight of affairs and business of the organization. The Board is also responsible for ensuring progress and achievement of the mission, assuring effective oversight of the Chief Executive Officer, staff, contracts, budget and operations of the organization. The Board may also adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and the management of the organization as they may deem proper, consistent with organizational by-laws and the laws of the state of Michigan.

Beth Roszatycki
Chief Executive Officer

Beth Roszatycki is the Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Health Improvement Alliance Inc. (MiHIA), a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region of central Michigan. MiHIA’s work varies, but it all falls under what is known as “The Quadruple Aim”, which targets health and systems broadly at the regional level. The Quadruple Aim focuses on four facets of health delivery – population health, patient experience, cost of care, and provider well-being. At the individual level, this translates to good or better health, high quality care, and good value.

Prior to Roszatycki joining MiHIA in 2014, Roszatycki served as the Administrative Services Supervisor for Bay Arenac Behavioral Health. During her tenure at Bay Arenac Behavioral Health, she led a variety of performance improvement projects, provided management and oversight of agency accreditations, developed and implemented policy and procedures, completed compliance reviews, worked extensively with providers through the contract development process, and most recently was the agency project manager for an electronic health record implementation.

Prior to her role with Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Roszatycki was the Clinic Services Area Manager for a behavioral health care provider in central and southeast Michigan. While there she took an active role in program development, budget management, as well as the ongoing oversight of 6 clinical programs serving over 2,000 individuals throughout Genesee and Macomb County. In addition, Roszatycki has been an adjunct faculty member at Delta College since 2009, instructing a variety of courses within the Business and Information Technology division.

Ms. Roszatycki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandise Management from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

Daryn Papenfuse

Daryn is responsible for the dynamic nature of the MiHIA Dashboard. In this role he updates information and creates community calendars and pages to share upcoming events, facilitates partner hubs and otherwise keeps the dashboard running smoothly so partners can access important data. Daryn is also responsible for data collection, mining and analysis. “I find tremendous satisfaction in being part of the MiHIA team. I really believe in the mission behind our work and am excited to have been part of the launch of some amazing initiatives!”

Daryn currently volunteers as a co-lead for the SBIRT strategy group within the MiHIA Opioid Strategy and also volunteers on the Chippewa River as a surveyor and restorer.

Daryn obtained both his undergraduate degree and his Master of Public Health at Central Michigan University and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant.

Kate Cardinali

As Director of Communications, Kate is responsible for MiHIA’s communication strategy, website and for the organization’s ability to quickly communicate with clarity and transparency to stakeholders and the general public. Kate is responsible for both public relations for MiHIA and the marketing of its programs to area employers and the community as a whole. Describing the organization and her role, she said, “MiHIA is working on cutting edge health initiatives that will greatly impact the 760,000 residents in the Great Lakes Bay region. I am lucky to help with these endeavors.”

Kate obtained her BFA from Saginaw Valley State University and her MBA from Northwood University DeVos Graduate School. She resides in Auburn, MI with her husband, three children.

Mary Kushion

Mary advises the MiHIA Operations Team and the Population Health Strategy Team on public health and population health action areas. This includes the implementation of the Regional Community Health Improvement Plan (RCHIP). Mary produces models, designs processes, support quarterly progress reports, and helps to identify funding opportunities. She describes how she feels about her job as, “I thoroughly enjoy working with the dynamic MiHIA Team. Everyone who is a part of MiHIA has a passion for improving the health status of the region and I am blessed to be a part of it.”

Working to help her community in another way, Mary is assisting her church with the development of a safety plan. Her volunteer group has been conducting trainings, had a fire drill and is helping to make needed safety improvements to the building.

Her BA is from Alma College and her MSA is from Central Michigan University. She resides in Alma.

Sapha Hassan

Over the last year, Sapha has worked primarily with the Region 5 Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Over the coming months Sapha will continue to support the prenatal, maternal and infant health work underway in the region. This includes identifying projects and initiatives to improve outcomes, supporting partner implementation and their respective teams, and coordinating stakeholder engagement and networking. “Working with MiHIA has been fantastic; working with a supportive team that is doing amazing work is inspiring and fuels me to improve maternal and infant health outcomes,” she said when asked about her position.

Elsewhere in the community, Sapha continues her years of helping with food packaging and general donations at the Islamic Center of Midland.

Her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Public Health is from Central Michigan University. She resides in Midland.

Shanna Hensler

As MiHIA Initiative Leader, Shanna has two main areas of focus: Prenatal, Maternal, and Infant Health and the Regional Opioid Strategy. In both areas, she oversees and drives progress on existing work and identifies future opportunities, secures resources to support endeavors, analyze community needs, and serves as the liaison between THRIVE, MiHIA, the State of Michigan and its various related departments, stakeholders, the community as a whole. In regards to her new position, Ms. Hensler stated, “I feel very honored to be given this opportunity. I am excited to collaborate across our region and be an advocate to improve health and overall well-being.”

Active in the community, Ms. Hensler has served in leadership positions of various health collaboratives: the Gratiot Collaborative Council, the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition, the Great Start Collaborative, and the Isabella Community Collaborative.

Educated at Saginaw Valley State University for both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health Administration and Leadership, Ms. Hensler is a resident of Saginaw along with her husband and daughter.

Tina Swanton

Tina coordinates several programs contributing to general population health: the In-Person Diabetes Prevention Program, the Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (VDPP), Kurbo, and Choosing Wisely. In addition to handling the daily coordination of programs, Tina also works as a community relations staff member. Tina says, “I am very energized to be working with community partners to make strides to impact and improve the community.”

In her free time, Tina loves to be outdoors, to travel, and to otherwise be active.

Her undergraduate degree is from Central Michigan University and her master’s degree is from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Saginaw with her husband and young children.