Northwest CHIR Map

Healthy People in Equitable Communities

About the Northwest CHIR

The Northwest Community Health Innovation Region (Northwest CHIR) is a cross-sector partnership focused on improving population health, increasing health equity, and reducing unnecessary medical costs through partnerships and systems change.

We cover a ten-county geographic area including Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.

Our network consists of a cross-sector Steering Committee, Clinical Linkages workgroup, MiThrive workgroup, Learning Community, residents, and community partners all working towards a shared vision of healthy people in equitable communities.

NWCHIR Infographic

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The Area We Cover

Square Miles
People/Square Mile

How Do We Rank?


Length and Quality of Life

Healthy Factors Rankings by County


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

Health Outcomes Rankings by County

Northwest CHIR Steering Committee

Christine Baumgardner Resident with Lived Experience
Alcona Health Centers Mary DeCaire Administrative Projects Director
Area Agency on Aging Kandi Lannen Director, Community and Business Advancement
District Health Department #10 Kevin Hughes Health Officer
Goodwill Northern Michigan Dan Buron Executive Director
Grand Traverse Community Foundation Steve Wade Community Impact Vice President
Grand Traverse County Health Department Wendy Hirschenberger Health Officer
Great Start Coalition Savanah Cool Charlevoix, Emmet, Northern Antrim
McLaren Health Plan MaryLynn Clark Health Services Vice President
McLaren Northern Michigan Laura Daniel Community Health Manager
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Maureen Clore Antrim, Charlevoix & Emmet Director
Munson Healthcare Christi Nowak System Director – Community Health
Networks Northwest Lisa Schut Michigan WORKS! Regional Director
North Country CMH Authority Brian Babbitt Chief Executive Officer
Northern Michigan Care Partners Beth Oberhaus Population Health Director
Northern Michigan Regional Entity Christine Gebhard SUD Services Administrator
Northwest Michigan CAA  Kerry Baughman Executive Director

There’s more to know

Click on one of the logos below for more information on each

Community Connections Logo
MiThrive Logo
Behavioral Health Initiative
Behavioral Health Initiative