With just 12 months into implementation of our first set of interventions, we want to recognize our shared due to the many organizations across our region that have been actively involved in implementing the THRIVE portfolio.

To capture the progress of the 8 unique interventions in Phase 1, the granular details and progress trackers are available on the THRIVE website.  

The following are just a few highlights of the progress thus far:

Attract New Industries and Markets for Business to Relocate and Build Stronger Foundations to Support Regional Businesses

We have been able to take significant steps on Business Attraction efforts in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Through work at the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, THRIVE has been able to do the following:

  • Build meaningful relationships with “Influencers” in Metro Detroit such as real estate companies, attorneys, MICHauto, Associations, Banks, Accounting Firms, etc.
  • Coordinated education sessions with global site selectors
  • Identified 50+ new prospects for the Great Lakes Bay Region
  • Successfully worked to make the Great Lakes Bay Region a finalist on a European cheese production facility
  • Submitted multiple RFPs for projects for the region
  • Coordinated a massive Great Lakes Bay Region FAMTour with leaders from the MEDC and MDARD 

Patient Safety
On May 26, six Great Lakes Bay Region healthcare organizations signed the 2020 Statement of Public Commitment to Zero Harm, which is a formal document jointly committing the advancement of the region’s healthcare delivery systems to achieve a target of Zero Harm. The signing took place during THRIVE’s webcast featuring the U.S. Surgeon General, VADM (Vice Admiral) Jerome M. Adams. More details about the Zero Harm agreement and the May 26 event are found in this newsletter.

Prenatal, Infant and Maternal Health
We have had some immediate successes to support prenatal, maternal and infant health, expanding a group based model of care called CenteringPregnancy, adding CenteringParenting to the continuum of care post-delivery.  CenteringPregnancy combines interactive learning, health assessments, and provides additional time and attention from health care providers. Of the 500+ births via Centering, we have seen a 36% reduction in spontaneous preterm births; 44% reduction in risk of low birth weight, 28% reduction in risk of NICU stay and 15% increase in breastfeeding rates.

Regional Opioid Strategy
THRIVE and our regional partners have expanded awareness, strategies and implementation of evidence-based programming to address the region’s opioid epidemic.  One area to highlight is the increase of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for those addicted to opioids.  Our region has trained more than 25 physicians and have now expanded access to MAT for pregnant women.  The goal of MAT is to recover from addiction. It does not replace one addictive drug with another, but provides a safe, controlled level of medication to overcome the use of a problem opioid. Research shows that when people include a medication prescribed to treat opioid use disorder as part of their recovery plan, their chances of success increases.

Reduce Mental Health Gaps for Stigma, Information, Access, and Quality Care
The higher education institutions in our region invested in workforce developments. Central Michigan University (CMU) established a College of Medicine and Saginaw Valley State University, with the largest nursing program in the state, added a psychiatric nurse practitioner program, and CMU Partners developed a psychiatry residency program and a child adolescent fellowship. The majority of the CMU residency graduates stayed in the region to improve access and provide well-needed care for our communities.

As an academic institution, Central Michigan University partnered with community organizations such as HealthSource Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Health Centers to establish new models of high quality and integrated primary care and mental health services. In a short 5 years, CMU successfully recruited over 12 board certified psychiatrists to meet the needs of our community and support a growing demand for such services among students on CMU’s campus. 

With our systems already strained, meaningful partnerships are needed now more than ever to serve our communities. THRIVE will continue to be a valuable framework enabling our region to get back on track and help to support our region.  

Based on the needs for our region and due to the realities of the new health and economic crises due Covid-19, we are excited to announce our Phase 2 Interventions.

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