[Saginaw, MI] On Friday, January 25, 2019, seven regional organizations, The Dow Chemical Company, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, Greater Midland, MidMichigan Health, Saginaw County Department of Health, Sanilac County Health Department, and the YMCA of Saginaw, were honored for the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance’s (MiHIA) 2018 Community Health Excellence Award at the 10th Annual “The Region’s Health and Health Care Systems” Conference.  Held at Saginaw Valley State University and attended by almost 200 healthcare leaders in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the award recognized those groups or workplaces that are, or inspire to, contribute to improving the health status of the communities within MiHIA’s 14-county region.

Janelle Murray, MPH,  Director of Substance Use Disorder Clinical Services at the Sanilac County Health Department stated, “This is the first year we submitted for MIHiA’s Community Health Excellent Award. The application was very easy to complete.  As a health department, we are always upholding the highest standards for our resident’s public health needs. As an organization, we need to commit to those same high standards and apply them to our organization’s health and wellbeing.  This survey made it easy to identify where we are doing well and where we can make some improvements. This is a great tool for organizations to find out their health culture status!”

Of the seven organizations recognized, four were honored for achieving award status. The organizations awarded were: The Dow Chemical Company, MidMichigan Health, Sanilac County Health Department, and the YMCA of Saginaw. The organizations were awarded for:

  • having an employee committee for Health Promotions
  • dedicating funding for health promotion programs
  • making health promotion programs available to employees’ spouses and family members,
  • providing a workplace exercise facility,
  • posting nutrition information for foods and beverages sold on site
  • discounting the cost of exercise facilities
  • posting signs at elevators to encourage employees to use the stairs

“We are very impressed by all our honorees for enhancing health outcomes in the workplace a priority in forward-thinking and varied ways, all making a significant impact on the well-being of their employees here in our region. We congratulate our these organizations for their excellence,” said Beth Roszatycki, MiHIA CEO.

Applications for the 2019 Community Health Excellence Award will be open in Fall of 2019.


About Michigan Health Improvement Alliance:

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) is a local collaborative focused on the Great Lakes region becoming the healthiest thriving community with the best quality and value in healthcare.This alliance improves health and healthcare in a 14-county region serving: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, and Tuscola. MiHIA seeks long term sustainability in the design of initiatives focusing on four facets of health outcomes: Improved Population Health, Improved Patient Experience, Provide Care at Lower Cost, and Improved Work Life of Healthcare Providers. For more information on current projects, please click here mihia.org or contact admin@