Over the past six months, dozens of senior leaders across our region have been heavily involved in the work underway in the Five Priority Teams:

  • Provider capacity
  • Preventive care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Regional attractiveness
  • Job creation

We greatly appreciate the teams’ meticulous work and commitment to achieving the purpose of THRIVE, which is to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in our communities. The focus, support and engagement of both the GLBRA and MiHIA Boards of Directors has remained strong throughout this process.


The teams have been analyzing data and investigating evidence-based interventions along with the expected ROI for those interventions. On July 16, each priority team submitted a portfolio with recommended interventions based on their thorough analyses. As part of the process, they narrowed their many ideas to a short list of the highest impact actions. The portfolios will be provided to ReThink Health (RTH), a leading champion of the concept that health and the economy are inextricably linked and that improved outcomes in one area will lead to improved outcomes in the other. RTH will analyze the data and create simulation models for consideration. Their findings will be presented to all members of the Priority Teams, Launch Team and Board of Directors of GLBRA and MiHIA at a half-day workshop in late August. The purpose of that meeting is to discuss a regional portfolio that optimizes impact across the health ecosystem, and gain consensus on interventions that we will pursue for funding and implementation.



When THRIVE was launched in February 2017, we immediately recognized the critical need for a comprehensive database of the services in our region. We now have a single, central database of the services from our regional health systems, presented in a standard framework using the reports provided to the American Hospital Association.  This is a huge step in enabling several of our priorities.   

Health and Well-being fund:

With the support of George Health Policy Center via the “Bridging” initiative funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we have:

  • Developed significant capability to establish a shared funding model
  • Applied knowledge and technical assistance from other models across the country
  • Stress tested the Health and Well-being fund model with 20+ potential funders and regional leaders
  • Refined processes to achieve ultimate alignment of investments that target upstream initiatives of health to improve health outcomes

Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership:

The partnership was recently formed with the understanding that we can best tackle the mental health crisis through a collaborative effort, with all health care providers stakeholders and resources working together to help people obtain the best possible care. The partnership will work to identify the strengths, the gaps and opportunities for collaboration to ensure that everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region:

  • Knows where to turn for help when struggling with a mental health issue
  • Receives any help needed to navigate the mental health care system and gains prompt access to care
  • Seeks help without fear of stigma.

Building partnerships:

We have built stronger partnerships with MDHHS and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, as well as national organizations.

We are extremely grateful for the work that has been done, the relationships that are being established and the dedication to this important effort – and look forward to moving into the implementation phase. If you have questions, please contact Beth Roszatycki, MiHIA CEO, at b.roszatycki@mihia.org or Matt Felan, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance CEO and president, at mfelan@greatlakesbay.org.