Twelve months after the launch of the eight interventions in Phase 1, we are ready to share the Phase 2 group of interventions that we are advancing now.  

To define the Phase 2 interventions, the THRIVE Operations Team has recently used a thorough and disciplined analysis of the THRIVE Portfolio. This analysis included an examination of every Phase 1 intervention and the potential Phase 2 interventions, which were paired with the realities of the new health and economic crises.  The team also used tools and guidance from Collective Impact, FSG, Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health.  The analysis involved review by the THRIVE Stakeholder Advisory Group, the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance Board of Directors, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board of Directors and then ultimately approval by the THRIVE Steering Team.

Based upon this, the Phase 2 interventions include:

  1.   Addressing Education Challenges and Preparing Youth for STEM Careers
  2.   Strategic Actions to Address Financial Stability
  3.   Access and Quality of Food 
  4.   Strengthening Primary Care and Care Coordination models 

The Addressing Education Challenges & Preparing Youth for STEM Careers intervention will help our region further do the following:

  • Respond to barriers to learning and educational attainment
  • Focus on Social Mobility
  • Build the workforce of tomorrow through STEM education
  • Develop career and college-ready students focused on strengthening technical skills
  • Meet the growing needs and demands of our employers and attract new jobs and businesses to the region 

The Strategic Actions to Address Financial Stability intervention will help our region further do the following as well:

  • Create financial literacy and financial education blueprints
  • Educate and support citizens to find a path to financial stability, utilize banking to build wealth and take action through entrepreneurial activities
  • Provide opportunities such as jobs, skill development and wrap around services for successful employment
  • Provide a family of concepts, workshops, and products to address and reduce poverty
  • Help structurally unemployed individuals pursue career opportunities in the region 

The Access and Quality of Food intervention will help our region additionally do the following:

  • Coordinate organizational efforts addressing aspects of food insecurity, food access and food nutritional quality into a sustainable effort
  • Analyze regional food deserts
  • Establish food value chains
  • Introduce food farmacy efforts 

The Strengthening Primary Care and Care Coordination intervention will help our region additionally do the following as well:

  • Increase physical and behavioral health services that are available at local schools through primary care
  • Centralize referrals that address the social determinants of health through the deployment of community health workers
  • Bring together and leverage multiple community- based programs and stakeholders to create a single point of contact that ensures coordination of care across sectors

All of this is only possible with the tremendous support of our partners across the region.  Together, we build upon the great work which is and has been going on in the community by passionate individuals and strong organizations.  We will mobilize and act to achieve progress for the people of this region.

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