the path to implementation + Progress

Recognizing the powerful and inseparable linkage between economic success and health, THRIVE began planning efforts in 2017 to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in our communities. Read the full case study about the development and implementation of THRIVE here.

Our strategic planning work of THRIVE was completed in 2019, followed by unexpected challenges to the implementation process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, community partners are making significant progress on priority initiatives that will have the greatest outcomes. Read more about the evolution of THRIVE below.


Stakeholder + Community Perspectives/Strategy Setting: 80+ regional stakeholders were involved in developing approaches to health and economic improvement, values, opportunities and challenges. A comprehensive health ecosystem map was developed to illustrate leverage points for simultaneous health and economic improvements.


Establishing Metrics: Working teams divided up to focus on one of the five strategic areas and make portfolio recommendations with evidence-based metrics.

Intervention Selection + Modeling: Interventions in the THRIVE Portfolio were reviewed against criteria to ensure strategy alignment, implementation feasibility and cost effectiveness. The complete THRIVE Portfolio was put through a simulation model that projected impact and expected outcomes over 20 years.

Steering Team Transition: The Launch Team evolved to the Steering Team and the THRIVE Portfolio was established as a cohesive, community-aligned and connected plan.


Implementation for Impact: Phase 1 of the THRIVE Portfolio launched with emphasis on eight initial interventions. Read more about Phase 1 interventions here.


Regional COVID-19 Support

MiHIA and THRIVE resources pivoted in a time of need, devising solutions, aligning efforts and allocating vital resources for numerous stakeholders in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization was responsible for coordinating the resources and flow for critical items for our local hospital systems including face shields, sanitizer, and the development of supply hubs.

Activation of Phase 2 Interventions + All of Us Event:

In mid-2020 and as the initial support and coordination for local pandemic support was winding down, the organization officially activated Phase 2 interventions within the THRIVE Portfolio. We also hosted U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., for a keynote session as part of a multi-sector regional panel discussing his national platform, Community Health and Economic Prosperity.


Capacity Building

In 2021, the organization added additional capacity for Maternal and Child Health; launched additional data monitoring and metrics with the THRIVE Scorecard; diversified THRIVE’s funding and financing streams; and deepened and strengthened partnerships within the community and across the state and nation.


Scaling and Sustainability

In 2022, the organization is working to achieve scale and sustainability of the work, furthering relationships with stakeholders, and it is actively managing the portfolio for efficiency and effectiveness.


Launch of Phase 3 of THRIVE Portfolio

THRIVE’s Phase 3 interventions will be launched in 2023 and continue to further the impact of the THRIVE Portfolio, with full implementation to follow.

Our Progress:

The THRIVE Impact Report

There is a powerful and inseparable linkage between economic success and health. Healthy people make for vibrant communities. The THRIVE Impact Report provides detail on the impact and outcomes of our work.