population Health

MiHIA continues to align population health initiatives across counties to optimize positive outcomes


Throughout 2017 and 2018, the MiHIA Population Health Team began, and completed, a regional health needs assess­ment process with an overall goal of identifying the most pressing needs and priority areas within the 14-counties of its service region.

The Team then developed its three-year Regional Community Health Improvement Plan (RCHIP) to provide guidance and strategies for addressing data-driven priority health issues.  The RCHIP sets forth a plan of action for collective impact with MiHIA serving as the vital backbone organization.



POPULATION HEALTH is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population. In an ever-changing environment, MiHIA continues to align population health initiatives across counties to optimize positive outcomes.


A multi-stakeholder group of aspirational leaders in medical, public health, behavioral health, health education, and social service organizations seek to foster relationships across sectors; building clinical-community linkages, team-based models of care, and the regional approach to a community health needs assessment, creating/implementing health improvement plans, encourages and contributes to positive population health. Guests, subject matter experts, and community members are welcomed to attend on an as needed basis. 


By 2024, All 14 counties in the MiHIA region will be ranked in the top 2 quartiles of the Health Behaviors Ranking (Source: Community Health Rankings)

ADDITIONAL MEASURES: Additional measures for each MiHIA County and a weighted average for the region 

  • By 2024, decrease percentage of Adults 20+ Who are Obese (BMI of ≥ 30) to 33%  (Source: Community Health Rankings)
  • By 2024, decrease percentage of adults 20+ reporting Physical Inactivity to 23% (Source: Community Health Rankings)
  • By 2024, increase individuals reporting Access to Exercise Opportunities to 80% (Source: Community Health Rankings)


  • Leverage active participation on “relevant” regional boards, committees  and organizations, sharing Population Health Strategy Team goals, objectives and strategies and bringing high leverage, significant opportunities to the Population Health Strategy Team.
  • Support the enhancement of Dashboard 4.0 by recommending and providing: regional data/information, links to key sites and local databases deemed important for measuring and achieving Population Health Macro Metrics.
  • Share and advocate for “best practices from local & national efforts to“implementers.”
  • Identify opportunities to develop and submit grants aligned with priority focus areas.
  • Promote and recognize MiHIA Population Health Strategy Team actions & successes through appropriate outreach to internal and external constituents of your organization, as well as relevant media.
  • Contribute to the initial and ongoing assessment of community “readiness” for advancing population health strategies within our counties.
  • Support, participate in and guide the team consensus building in the prioritization and implementation of identified actions.

Population Health Team Members

211 Northeast Michigan

Ascension Health

Bay County Health Dept.

Bay-Arenac ISD; Bay-Arenac Great Start Collaborative

Central Michigan District Health Department

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan

Central Michigan University

CMU Health Partners

Covenant Healthcare

Davenport University

District Health Department No. 2

Dow Chemical Company

Everyday Life

Great Lakes Bay Region Health Centers

Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership

Greater Midland Community Center


Huron and Tuscola Health Departments

Lettuce Live Well

Mary Kushion Consulting


McLaren Health Plan

Michigan Center for Rural Health

Mid-Michigan District Health Department

Midland Area Community Foundation

Midland County Council on Aging

Midland County Dept. of Public Health

Midland Myofascial Release & Therapeutic Massage

MidMichigan Health


Mobile Medical Response

Michigan State University

Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Pulse 3 Foundation


Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

Saginaw County Health Department

Saginaw Spirit

Sanilac County Health Department

Self Love Beauty

Seniors Services of Midland County


The Legacy Center for Community success

The Rock


Thumb Rural Health Network

United Healthcare Community

United Way of Midland

Women of Color

YMCA of Saginaw

Youth Protection Council

MiHIA’s Health Dashboard 4.0

the visual analysis tool that helps people in the 14-county region it serves to make healthy decisions quickly, monitor their region’s performance and practice sharing development. MiHIA’s Health Dashboard 4.0 is powered by Health Communities Institute (HCI), which provides high-quality community health assessment data and health indicator tracking. With the help of the Dashboard, MiHIA aims to improve the overall health status and quality of life for communities throughout Great Lakes bay region.