FREELAND, MI, June 22, 2021 – The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. is proud to announce the rollout of additional tools aimed at advancing community knowledge of needs and progress in the broader Great Lakes Bay Region. The MiHIA Dashboard 4.0 creates a common place where data can be obtained to impact health and economic success through a set of powerful indicators.

The dashboard is a centralized, public platform that aggregates demographic,  health and quality of life data specifically for the 14-county MiHIA region, with the ability to analyze data at the state, region, county, zip code and census tract levels. Drawing from available data, the dashboard uses visualization to give users access to over 330 indicators from 40 sources. 

The THRIVE Scorecard is the newest component of the resource, and highlights around 40 different health and economic measures for the MiHIA region, as well as data for each individual county. 

The data comes from a variety of state and national sources, including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Community Survey and many state-specific sources. Most of the data is reported on an annual basis and each indicator page includes the source of the data, the URL of the source and when this data was last updated.

The scorecard also highlights important data from the U.S. News and World Report Healthiest Communities Score, a best practice for communities in tracking wellness outcomes. Users can access reports for the region, as well as each of the individual counties. New sections include:

  • Scorecard Reports: Several important indicators for the MiHIA region, as well as individual pages for every county we serve for health and economic metrics
  • Focus on Equity: Minority groups in the MiHIA Region are hit especially hard with economic disparities. This page focuses on some of the health inequities within the MiHIA region.
  • Map Collection: Pre-build maps to help you analyze health and economic indicators by detail, like median household income, the civilian labor force, children living below the poverty level, adults who smoke, mental health rates and more
  • Tutorials: A resources page of instructional videos to help users get to know these powerful resources

“Having comprehensive data is vital in measuring our progress towards a healthier community and gives us the ability to see how the THRIVE Portfolio is impacting health and economic outcomes in the region,” said Beth Sorenson Prince, CEO of MiHIA, “The THRIVE Scorecard represents important progress in highlighting the gains, needs and disparities that exist in the region so that we can work towards building a better future.”

The site also introduces a new equity page that explains the difference between health disparities and health inequities and provides access to a curated equity dashboard for gender, race, ethnicity and age. Users can build custom searches, or use one of several pre-built reports geared towards racial and ethnic minorities.

“Data is an extremely valuable asset to measure the progress of the THRIVE Portfolio,” said Dr. Matthew Samocki, THRIVE Portfolio director. “We are excited to introduce additional resources for the community to utilize in learning about health and economic metrics as well as addressing health-related inequities in our region. The THRIVE Scorecard helps to equip people with the tools and visualizations for pursuing positive change through data-informed action.

You can find more information and tutorials on how to utilize the dashboard resources at http://dashboard.mihia.org/tutorials

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About THRIVE

THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy) is an unprecedented effort facilitated by the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Regional Alliance with a dual focus on creating sustained economic growth and improved health for the entire community through valued partnerships within the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Established in 2017, THRIVE recognizes that vibrant communities are comprised of healthy and productive people who are essential to creating a robust economy. In that effort, THRIVE focuses on a balanced portfolio of 34 evidence-based interventions for delivering improved population health and long-term system change at scale.

More information is available at https://thrivegreatlakesbay.org/

About MiHIA

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) is a 501(c)3 focused on achieving sustainable system change and improved health outcomes of people within a 14-county region in central Michigan. MiHIA focuses on improving health within our region through a comprehensive focus on population health, patient experience and cost of care. Founded in 2007, MiHIA functions as an integrator or backbone organization to guide the health ecosystem at a regional level, accelerate competitive advantage, foster long-term sustainability and enhance the existing efforts of its valued partners.

More information is available at https://mihia.org/

About the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is comprised of 40+ board members who represent various organizations across Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties.

More information is available at https://www.greatlakesbay.com/