Northern Michigan
Community Health Innovation Region

Developing new and enhanced partnerships that connect
Traditional Medical Care with Community Care


A Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) is a broad partnership of community organizations, local government agencies, business entities, health care providers, payers, and community members that come together to identify and implement strategies that address community priorities.

CHIRs exist to improve the wellbeing of a region and reduce unnecessary medical costs through collaboration and systems change

CHIRs engage a broad group of stakeholders to identify
and address factors that affect residents’ health, such as:

Accessible Transportation

Having affordable, creative, and accessible transportation options

Affordable Housing

Having housing choices that are accessible, affordable, and high quality

Healthy Food

Having healthy foods that are more affordable, accessible, and desirable

Active Living

Having walkable and bikeable communities that promote active living


CHIRs utilize a process called “Collective Impact” to bring people together in a structured way to achieve social change.

In order to avoid having many organizations working in isolation from one another, Collective Impact follows these five conditions:

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