IMPACT STORIES & UPDATES

Cloth Masks Advised for Public | April 7, 2020

While honoring Shelter-In-Place, social distancing guidelines, avoiding touching one's face, and thoroughly hand washing remain the primary ways for individuals to protect themselves from the spreading the COVID-19 virus, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a new recommendation for an added measure of safety: general public to wear masks.  The CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth f...

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A Call to Action: Fabric Masks Needed in YOUR Community | March 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020 Regional health systems, health departments, and other health related professionals need your help to address supply shortages for the COVID-19 response. At their request, THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy), a co-led initiative between the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) is coordinating this process. In this time ...

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Wonderful, Wonderful | February 26, 2020

Something wonderful is about to happen. What?  Where?  When? We’ll get to the details later. For now, I am told that Jerome Adams MD is now finalizing his “Surgeon General’s” report. And what, exactly is that, anyway?...

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Announcing Leadership Roles at THRIVE contributing to our promising future | January 24, 2020

THRIVE, the regional health and economic initiative led by Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) are announcing two executive leadership roles. Matthew Samocki, Ed.D. has been chosen for the role of THRIVE Portfolio Director effective January 27, 2020. Cathy Baase, M.D’s longstanding service is being formalized with the defined role of THRIVE Senior Fellow. The THRIVE team is unified in driving progress with the breadth of stakeholders a...

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Suicide Prevention | December 18, 2019

Patient one is visiting his Family Doctor for a routine visit, which begins with some friendly chatting: “What have you been up to Joe?”  “Oh, being lazy, just sitting on my front porch looking at the bridge.” “You mean the Zilwaukee Bridge? What are you thinking about when you look at it?”  “Oh, I’m going up there to jump off.” “Joe, we’d better get you to a Psychiatrist.” Patient two c...

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MiHIA RECEIVES GRANT FROM MICHIGAN HEALTH ENDOWMENT FUND TO SECURE THE FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF THE THRIVE INITIATIVE | December 4, 2019

Saginaw, MI–The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, (MiHIA,) is pleased to announce its recent award of $414,700 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to be used to develop a strategy for comprehensive and sustainable funding and financing system for THRIVE (Transforming Regional Health in a Vibrant Economy). A collaboration initiative between the Great Lakes Bay Alliance and MiHIA, THRIVE’s mission is to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth to the Great Lakes Bay re...

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Maternity Care Program Producing Positive Results | December 1, 2019

Pregnancy is both a beautiful and challenging time in a woman’s life. No matter the situation, all pregnant women have a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about the changes in their lives and their bodies - not to mention a lot of questions about caring for a newborn baby! CMU Health is determined to boost the health of newborn babies and their mothers through an innovative program called CenteringPregnancy. In partnership with MiHIA and initially funded through the Michigan Health End...

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Partner Spotlight: Rich VanTol | December 1, 2019

Rich VanTol is a supervisor at Bay Arenac Intermediate School District and the Coordinator of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC) for Bay and Arenac Counties. The GSC focuses on support for child development and advocacy for higher standards in early childhood education. The GSC brings together partners across the community including parents, community leaders, health, education, and business leaders, along with local philanthropies, to accomplish better results for young children and their fami...

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