?Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region receives Public Health Community Achievement Award
Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region
receives Public Health Community Achievement Award
The Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) has received the Michigan Association for Local Public Health and Michigan Public Health Association’s Public Health Community Achievement Award.
The theme for this year’s Community Achievement Award was transforming public health through investment and innovation, something that the Northern Michigan CHIR has demonstrated in its 10-county region.
“We are honored our work was recognized by leading organizations in the State to address basic needs like access to healthy food, affordable and safe housing, and transportation options. Barriers to these ‘social determinants of health’ impact well-being and equity”, said Jane Sundmacher, Executive Director. “We share the Community Achievement Award with the 100+ diverse partners engaged in the Northern Michigan CHIR, including 20 community leaders who serve on our Steering Committee”.
The CHIR works at both the individual and community level to reduce barriers to basic needs. At the individual level, a team with a nurse, social worker, and community health worker helps residents to connect to—and use—the services they need. At the community level, three Local Action Teams improve access to basic needs through collaboration and system change. Research conducted by Michigan State University concluded the Northern Michigan CHIR is aligning systems and transforming individual lives.
The Northern Michigan CHIR is one of five CHIRs in the State funded with a State Innovation Model grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
For additional information about the Northern Michigan CHIR, call Erin Luckhardt at 231-347-5628 or visit northernmichiganchir.org.