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

The Area We Cover

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How Do We Rank?

HEALTH OUTCOMES

Length and Quality of Life

Healthy Factors Rankings by County

HEALTH FACTORS

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

Health Outcomes Rankings by County

Northwest CHIR Steering Committee

ORGANIZATION NAME TITLE
Christine Baumgardner Resident with Lived Experience
Alcona Health Centers Mary DeCaire Administrative Projects Director
Area Agency on Aging Heidi Gustine Executive Director
Disability Network of Northern Michigan Jim Moore Executive Director
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 Tanya Janes Community Health Manager
Meridian Health Plan Jenny Kasper CHOW Team Lead
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 Lakes CMH Authority Joanie Blamer Interim Chief Executive Officer
Northern Michigan Care Partners Beth Oberhaus Population Health Director
Northern Michigan Regional Entity Sara Sircely SUD Services Administrator
Northwest Michigan CAA Kerry Baughman Executive Director
Novello Physicians Organization Marie Hooper Executive Director
Van Dam Custom Boats Erika Van Dam Co-Owner and Vice President

There’s more to know

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Behavioral Health Initiative
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