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

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Cassie Caple Vice President of Contract Services and Program Development
Central Michigan District Health Department Steve Hall Health Officer
Community Mental Health for Central Michigan Kara Laferty Chief Quality and Compliance Officer
CoreWell Health Scott Lombard Northeast Region Healthier Communities Manager
Disability Network of Mid-Michigan Kelly PeLong Executive Director
Disability Network of West Michigan Shannon Foster Community Inclusion Specialist
District Health Department #10 Kevin Hughes Health Officer
DTE Energy Jacob Walker Public Affairs Manager
Family Health Care Julie Tatko President and Chief Executive Officer
Isabella Citizens for Health Inc. Jennifer White Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Health Plan Mary Lynn Clark Vice President of Health Services
Michigan 211 Sarah Kile Director of Community and Partner Engagement
MyMichigan Health Kelsey Killinger Community Health Supervisor
Priority Health Jennie Nowak Director of Population Health Activation
West Michigan Community Mental Health Nicole Whitman Director of Health Home Coordination