PHASE 1 PROGRESS

THRIVE is currently working to implement Phase 1 of its portfolio of interventions. The initial eight to be implemented are:

 

ATTRACT NEW INDUSTRIES AND MARKETS FOR BUSINESS TO RELOCATE TO THE GLBR

The goal here is to convert the GLBR into an incubator for innovative industries and entrepreneurs. THRIVE will publicize the region’s access to farmland, transportation, inexpensive fresh water, proximity to Detroit, Chicago and Toronto, and favorable tax situations for manufacturing and sales. The combination of the efforts and publicity is designed to attract new industries and markets for the setup or relocation to the region and to reverse the out-migration of young workers.

COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING, REFERRAL, PLACEMENT

To enhance care for mental health, more screening will take place. SBIRT (Screening/Brief Intervention / Referral / Treatment), Universal Mental Health Screening, and screening for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse will become the norm in primary care and OB/ GYN practices.

DEVELOP A REGIONAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL HUB

THRIVE envisions all university and health systems as working together to provide efficient health care, a shared learning environment, and provide some public health needs. We will focus on stopping the duplication of efforts in hospitals and education. We seek to make the region nationally recognized and the most appealing for students seeking careers in healthcare.

ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY TO ACHIEVE COORDINATED HEALTHCARE SERVICES

This Coordinated Care intervention is focused on utilizing health information exchange to improve accuracy and efficiency for patients with multiple medical providers. Patients will have access to their own personal health information across all platforms and sources through a regional data sharing network. Partnerships with organizations like the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN), Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) will work to improve efficiency, data security, patient safety, and a patient treatment plan ownership. As we move along the continuum of strong coordination of care, we intend to expand by implementing evidence based interventions.

PATIENT SAFETY

Considering hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, prevention of infections, injuries, errors, and accidents are a paramount issue. It is estimated that 360 hospital error-related deaths per year occur in our region.
This intervention will construct a system of safety across the region and its institutions, shifting culture in a bold way
seeking a target of zero harm. Leadership will work together to make pre-determined, agreed-upon metric targets, and
co-develop goals.

PRENATAL, INFANT AND MATERNAL HEALTH

We are working in partnership with Prosperity Region 5 Perinatal Quality Collaborative to achieve “good health” and “thriving” statuses for all mothers and babies in the region. The broader goal of this initiative is to prioritize prevention over response, and to ensure that the strategies that are developed are financially sustainable. Driven by the nurse-to-family relationship model, we focus on the continuum starting nearly from conception to the age of two years old.

The following focus areas have been identified to address gaps and needs in our communities:

  • Addressing Health Inequities
  • Prenatal Substance Use
  • Early Intervention through screening and referral
  • Adequate Prenatal Care
REDUCE RISKY BEHAVIORS FROM ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs) AND ENHANCE TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue and our strategy is to provide trauma-informed care awareness and education with training opportunities to a variety of regional organizations: providers, businesses, faith-based communities, etc. Much of the foundational research in this area has found that these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been linked to: risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death.  As the numbers of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes. The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. We will identify, support, and replicate emergent and informed initiatives within the region to expand awareness of ACEs and coordinate multi-disciplinary strategy and implementation.  Within our school districts, we will provide the staff and parents opportunities to increase awareness of ACEs. Our efforts will be bolstered through speaker circuits of our co-parent organization, MiHIA, and other community partners.

REGIONAL OPIOID STRATEGY

Michigan families are suffering significantly from the opioid crisis. The number of deaths is significant, and Michigan ranks at 18th in the nation of overdose deaths. The opioid crisis and related deaths are seen in Michigan across all genders, age groups, and socio-economic statuses. There is a distinct opportunity to have a coordinated approach to addressing the opioid epidemic by utilizing the existing regional strategy map of services, interventions, initiatives and actions from multiple sectors and regional community partners and coalitions producing a complete catalog of current activities and approaches across the region. This strategy map will be leveraged to guide information sharing, alignment of resources, identification of scalable models and opportunities to invest resources to address critical gaps and breakthrough opportunities.