Leaders from across the Great Lakes Bay Region recognize the powerful and inseparable linkage between economic success and health.  The region’s health will be much greater with a strong regional economy which is in turn, only possible with a healthy population.

The mission of THRIVE is to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in our communities.

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) are collaborating to co-lead the THRIVE initiative to bring high-value impact & benefit to our community citizens, and other regional organizations and institutions. Due to the unique work and transformative nature of our mission, and the full engagement of sectors for support, THRIVE has caught the attention of national and state thought leaders, and established foundations as we build our region into one of health excellence and sustained economic growth.

Keys to Success: Collaboration & Commitment

Innovative leaders across the country are taking specific steps to act on the powerful evidence that health and the economy are inseparable and have a significant impact on families, businesses and community resources. In our region, we are starting from a position of strength, with many advantages and several known areas that require study and improvement. The region can boast strong and cohesive communities as well as a wealth of excellent resources dedicated to serving the region’s health and medical needs including:

  • hospitals,
  • physicians and other health professionals,
  • universities and health professional education,
  • non-profit organizations and social support services,
  • community leaders, and supporters.

Despite our strengths and resources, national and local data still reinforce that we have not achieved a community of health excellence across our region. Problem indicators are similar to the rest of the nation: the opioid epidemic, the continued deteriorating health outcomes and preventable mortality among the most economically disadvantaged, the lack of mental health professionals, and skyrocketing preventable ailments. We have local programs addressing these issues but we did not have a cohesive, integrated plan leveraging multiple community resources and guided by analysis and strategic regional planning that also spans organizations and county boundaries. The magnitude of these challenges and the importance to our success demands engagement of all forces in the community for an insightful, thorough, transparent, and regional view which has cumulated into a strategic multi-year master plan of action.

The key to fixing these health issues and building a stronger regional economy is understanding the current status and how to improve it with a comprehensive master plan:

  • root causes and related drivers of health outcomes;
  • systems thinking and aligning our efforts across sectors,
  • access to basic services and advanced specialties;
  • public health education and prevention of chronic disease;
  • educational attainment and job readiness
  • robust employment opportunities
  • appropriate cost and quality of services delivering high value for community stakeholders
  • reducing barriers to health and economic success for all.

In just under two years, THRIVE has accomplished an impressive body of strategic planning work and has 35 initiatives defined. In our region we have dedicated volunteers, stakeholders, community partners, regional and national collaborators and advisors to thank.  The progress of THRIVE is the direct result of the efficiency and diligence from this large group of people. Ongoing engagement enables THRIVE to continue its mission to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in our communities.

The work that was launched in the Spring of 2017 has lead us to a Finalized Portfolio of Interventions – “ALL THRIVE,” which will guide us along the path to achieve our Mission. Your engagement and contributions enable THRIVE to continue its mission to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in our communities.


The strategic planning work of THRIVE has been completed
and the transition to implementation is underway.



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