MIDLAND, MI, December 17, 2018 — Leaders from across the Great Lakes Bay Region representing health systems, universities, foundations and the business sector convened to recognize progress made and to commit to the future of THRIVE, the health and economic growth initiative. THRIVE, Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy, is the collaboration of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA). Hosted by Howard Ungerleider, President and Chief Financial Officer for Dow, and held at the company’s new global headquarters in Midland, the event marked an important transition as the THRIVE initiative pivots from strategic planning to implementation.   Guests were briefed on the progress achieved to date, reviewed the broad base of community leaders who have been engaged in developing the strategic plan, acknowledged national and state recognition due to the uniqueness and sophistication of THRIVE, and reviewed highlights of the latest projected impact via simulation software as well as the go forward plans to implement the portfolio starting in 2019.

“The long-term and sustainable transformation of health and well-being in our community requires comprehensive actions and collaboration across all sectors and stakeholders,” said Ungerleider.  “It is an incredibly exciting time as we embark on the implementation for THRIVE and work together to put the Great Lakes Bay Region on a path to become a recognized center of achievement in driving health and wellness to support overall economic prosperity.”

Building the THRIVE Portfolio:   Five teams of regional leaders followed a thorough and disciplined process to develop the recommended portfolio.   The five teams focused on interventions in these areas:

  • Provider capacity -Building Provider Capacity: Health Education and Professional Pipeline
  • Preventive care – Preventive Care, Mental Health and Well-being
  • Social Determinants of Health – Community Investments and Reducing Barriers
  • Regional Attractiveness – Regional Attractiveness: Cost, Quality, Access, and Delivery of Care
  • Job creation

Attendees included representatives from the Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Central Michigan University, Covenant Healthcare, Delta College, The Dow Chemical Company, McLaren Bay Region, MidMichigan Community College, MidMichigan Health, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Spence Brothers, Tri-Star Trust Bank, and Saginaw Valley State University. Local foundations and philanthropists included the Patricia and David Kepler Foundation, the Shaheen Development and Family Foundation, Strosacker Foundation and Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.  The transition plan calls for a minimum of $1.3MM to build the capacity to effectively set the portfolio in motion and establish a comprehensive and sustainable funding plan.

The program for the evening offered an important opportunity to applaud the contribution of the 70+ senior leaders who volunteered over a six-month time frame to compile the THRIVE portfolio of projects. Speakers included host Howard Ungerleider of the Dow Chemical Company; Rob Vallentine, President of The Dow Chemical Foundation; George Kikano, Dean of the Central Michigan College of Medicine; Dr. Cathy Baase, Chairperson of the Board for MiHIA, Beth Roszatycki, CEO of MiHIA; and Matt Felan, CEO of the GLBRA.

For more information on THRIVE, contact Beth Roszatycki, MiHIA CEO, at b.roszatycki@mihia.org or Matt Felan, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance CEO at mfelan@greatlakesbay.org.