North Central CHIR Map

Healthy People in Equitable Communities

NCCHIR Network Statement

Where people live, work, learn, play, and age powerfully influences health. In northern Michigan, our rural geography impacts health in ways that differ from more urban areas. Poverty, unemployment or underemployment, lack of affordable housing, and inadequate transportation make it difficult for residents to access health care, including mental health care and substance use disorders services. Furthermore, the region lacks broadband internet infrastructure which limits access to telehealth services. There is a great need for access to healthcare and social services in the region and no one organization can solve these problems alone.

The North Central Community Health Innovation Region (NCCHIR) Network is comprised of health departments, heath systems, mental health agencies, and community-based organizations and builds upon the expertise and knowledge of the Northwest Michigan Community Health Innovation Region. The NCCHIR has robust plans to address social and economic needs that impact health. These needs include economic security, housing, transportation, and food insecurity.  Plans include developing a system of coordinated referrals to community resources to address the basic needs of vulnerable residents in our communities.  The NCCHIR seeks out resident voice so that those we serve feel a true sense of belonging and engagement in their community.

The Area We Cover

Square Miles
People/Square Mile

How Do We Rank?


Length and Quality of Life

Health Outcomes Rankings by County


Health Behavior, Clinical Care, Social and Economic, and Physical Environment

Healthy Factors Rankings by County

NCCHIR Steering Committee

District Health Department #10
– Kevin Hughes | Health Officer
Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana Public Health
Central Michigan District Health Department
– Steve Hall | Health Officer
Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola Public Health
Spectrum Health System
– Scott Lombard | Manager, Community Health Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospitals
Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola Health System
MyMichigan Medical Center
– Ashley Brenner | Community Health Supervisor – Clare, Isabella
– Kelsey Killinger | Community Health Supervisor – Gladwin
Clare, Isabella, Gladwin Health System
West Michigan Community Mental Health
– Nicole Whitman | Director of Health Home Coordination
Lake, Mason, Oceana Behavioral Health
Community Mental Health for Central Michigan
– Bryan Krogman | Deputy Director for Administration
Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, Mecosta Behavioral Health
Family Healthcare
– Julie Tatko | President and CEO
Lake, Newaygo, Mecosta Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
211 Northeast Michigan
– Sarah Kile | Executive Director
Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella Community-Based Organization

NCCHIR Documents