Driving transformational Impact

We serve as a catalyst — connecting people, resources and ideas — to advance the health ecosystem, accelerating competitive advantage, fostering long-term sustainability, and enhancing the efforts of our valued partners across a 14-county region. We drive transformational impact by functioning as a conduit between our partner organizations, grant makers, philanthropists and businesses.  

Addressing obstacles through Innovative partnerships

As a 14-county community collaborative, we play a unique role in outlining shared prevention goals, identifying evidence-based interventions, coordinating funding streams, and acting as a convener of regional stakeholders. We address obstacles to healthy living through innovative partnerships between primary care providers, community-based organizations, employers, local philanthropic organizations and many other partners.

Region Served


We work on behalf of more than 755,000 residents in 14 counties in central Michigan: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola. This region is one of nine medical trading areas defined by the State of Michigan Department of Community Health.

The economy of the MiHIA region is a diverse mix of various agricultural components, advanced manufacturing and automotive industries, as well as state-of-the-art health care facilities. The region also is home to several colleges and universities, including Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College and Northwood University.

At the same time, the region’s urban and rural areas also include sizable populations of economically depressed and medically underserved residents. Initiatives within MiHIA and THRIVE’s framework typically launch in specific counties or communities. Successful efforts then may be adopted, scaled and advanced by additional communities.


For 15 years, the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, a 501(c)3, has been positively impacting health care and economic sustainability in a 14-county region.

Then, the concept of multi-stakeholder collaboratives was just starting on the national level and required building goodwill, gaining trust, articulating the value proposition and establishing a unifying process for all stakeholders. In fact, such efforts will always be a critical part of what we do.