THRIVE Blog

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...

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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...

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The secret sauce | March 17, 2019

Louis Constan MD 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...

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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...

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