How do we improve the health and quality of life
in our communities across northern Michigan?

We begin with a Community Health Assessment.

Community Health Assessment

The MiThrive project brings diverse partners together to assess community needs and collaborate for community health improvement in the 31 counties of the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance.
The 10 counties of the NMCHIR are included in this assessment.

The Four Assessments

After six months of collecting data, below is what we learned

HEALTH & COMMUNITY DATA

Major issues include:
  • Social & Community Context
  • Mental Health Injuries
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Substance Use
  • Poverty & Food Insecurity
  • Access to Healthcare

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INPUT

Improve services with:
  • More partner and residential participation in planning
  • Improved communication between community
    and partners
  • Use coordinated, comprehensive approach to
    community improvement planning
  • Align goals, strategies, and vision across organizations
  • Create a system to better capture constituent voice
  • Improve data sharing and communication

RESIDENTIAL
INPUT

Residents want:
  • Community Connectedness
  • Clean Natural Environment
  • Access to Healthy Food
  • Services to Meet Basic Needs
  • Opportunities for Physical Activity
  • Improved Transportation
  • Improved Community Infrastructure
  • Health Knowledge
  • More Available Medical Care Providers
  • More Affordable Healthcare
  • Accessible Insurance

FORCES OF CHANGE ASSESSMENT

Forces affecting our region:
  • Event: Legalization of Marijuana
  • Trend: Mental Health
  • Trend: Aging Population
  • Trend: Government Dysfunction
  • Trend: Opioid Crisis/Drugs/Vaping
  • Trend: Social Isolation/Need for Resilience
  • Trend: Discrimination, Harassment, Hate
  • Trend: Distrust of Information/News/Science
  • Trend: Mass Shootings
  • Trend: Threats to Water Quality
  • Factor: Rural/Urban Divide
  • Factor: Insufficient Wages

WE HAVE DATA. NOW WHAT?

We create a Community Health Improvement Plan.