Initiative Leader Search Begins | June 18, 2019

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.0.47" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="3.0.74" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"] ...

Read More
Damaged children/damaged grownups | June 14, 2019

When I was first starting my practice, I spent a lot of time at the Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center, where I was tasked with taking care of the young inmates’ medical needs, but where I could not help but notice that these individuals, many of whom were viewed by society as criminals, were more accurately described as childhood victims of emotional and physical abuse. The lives they lived were dangerous, lacking in parental care and devoid of love. We as a society had...

Read More
The Good Structure | April 17, 2019

The good life we currently enjoy, professionally and personally, did not come about by chance; it is the result of a series of efforts by our forebears, both medical leaders as well as community business leaders; and is in danger of slipping away from us.  Long-term projections for the economic and physical health of our region show a slow but steady decline.  This is serious.  Two organizations - co-lead an initiative - which gives all of us in our community a path to fixing this, and you wi...

Read More
THRIVE Welcomes First Dedicated Staff Member | March 25, 2019

On April 8, 2019 the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) will welcome Dallas Rau as Executive Assistant for the THRIVE initiative.  This newly created position is a critical role in helping to provide support and build capacity that aide in the fulfillment of the THRIVE mission for our THRIVE Portfolio implementation.  Ms. Rau will oversee the daily operations of the initiative and work closely with the THRIVE Portfolio Director and ot...

Read More
The secret sauce | March 17, 2019

Why is it that we often overstate the disadvantages of the place where we live and understate the advantages of the places we visit?  The grass is always greener.  We stand in awe of Silicon Valley, the “Sunshine State,” the “Great Southwest.”  Wouldn’t it be great to live there?  They’ve ‘got it all’ where we’ve got ‘nothing but trouble.’  Of course, since we’re just visiting those places, we’re only seeing the good sides; living here full-time, we’re all-too-aw...

Read More
The Big Picture | January 30, 2019

When Ben Franklin, during the heady atmosphere of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 warned those present that “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” he was reminding everyone that the success of the Revolution was anything but assured, many obstacles stood in the way, not least of which was Great Britain, the mightiest empire the world had ever known, which was known to deal harshly with those who oppos...

Read More




THRIVE is inviting you to continue your engagement, ongoing involvement,
and communication regarding the delivery of improved health and sustained economic growth in the Great Lakes Bay Region