NMCHIR Regional Map

Northern Michigan CHIR

The Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region is one of five “CHIRs” established by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in 2016. MDHHS designated the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance (NMPHA), a partnership of seven local health departments, as the Backbone Organization for the Northern Michigan CHIR. NMPHA selected the Northern Michigan Health Consortium (NMHC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, as its fiduciary agent and contracting entity.

The NMCHIR is a cross-sector partnership of local health departments, hospitals, community-based organizations, units of local government, insurers, businesses, academia, and residents who work together to align systems, address barriers to health and well-being, and transform individual lives in Northern Lower Michigan. Initially designated as a 10-county service area, the NMCHIR committed to scaling up over time and now serves roughly 829,860 residents across 31 counties. The NMCHIR region is organized into three sub-regions:

Northwest CHIR (Michigan Prosperity Region 2)
Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties

Northeast CHIR (Michigan Prosperity Region 3)
Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon  counties

North Central CHIR
Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Mason, Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Isabella counties

The Area We Cover

Square Miles
People/Square Mile

Our Partners

The NMCHIR has engaged health care providers, insurers, community organizations, and local government agencies to come together to identify and implement strategies that address community health priorities. In addition to members of the steering committee, the backbone organization, and work groups, the charts below highlight the breadth of NMCHIRs partnerships.

NMCHIR Partners

How We Get Things Done

Our Framework: Collective Impact

Collective Impact

CHIRs fall under the POPULATION HEALTH component of the State Innovation Model

There’s more to know

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Northwest CHIR
North Central CHIR
Northeast CHIR