From The Saginaw News (MLive)

“The QRT is funded by a $199,703 Michigan Opioid Data to Action initiative grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) partnered with Ten16 in writing the grant, Ureche said.

“We all wrote it together, but MiHIA was in the driver’s seat for this and partnered with Ten16,” Ureche said. “Our president and CEO Sam Price worked closely with MiHIA on other initiatives, so I was brought into the mix because we wanted to do this for a QRT in Saginaw County.”

MiHIA covers 14 counties within central Michigan, including Saginaw, Bay and Midland.

“We recognize we are stronger together rather than working in our individual silos,” said Shanna Hensler, project manager with MiHIA.

The organization leads the Regional Opioid Strategy, which brings together people from across the 14-county region to prevent overdoses and intervene after they have occurred, Hensler said. When grant funding becomes available, MiHIA can lead the application process, and agencies collaborate rather than compete with one another, she said.”

Read the full article in The Saginaw News (MLive) here.