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.
Initially, MDHHS defined the Northern Michigan CHIR as a 10-county region now designated as the Northwest CHIR. Later, in 2018, MDHHS approved a plan developed by the Northern Michigan CHIR Expansion Planning Committee to recognize three CHIR regions within the NMPHA’s 31-county service area:
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