The Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance (NMPHA) is a team of health care agencies and providers in 31 northern Lower Peninsula counties that have joined together to strengthen public health across the region.

The Alliance was created in December 2014 and continues to work to improve the health for all residents. Our members share resources and work collaboratively to solve health-related problems for the betterment of each individual agency and Northern Michigan as a whole.

Major Accomplishments

  • Designated as the backbone organization for the 10-county Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region

  • Created two cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements for the Health Officer and Medical Directors – with Benzie Leelanau District Health Department/Health Department of Northwest Michigan and District Health Department #2/District Health Department #4

  • Created back-up agreement among Medical Directors for eight local health departments

  • Formed the Northern Michigan Regional Public Health Emergency Preparedness Team by pooling State grants to three local health departments – a first in the state

  • Conducted regional community health needs assessment in partnership with hospital systems and other community partners

  • Secured over $4 million in grants from multiple funders to address priorities identified in community health assessment

  • Informed development for the Center for Sharing Public Health Services’ Success Factors for Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements and piloted its Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives.

  • Received the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Director’s Award – three consecutive years