MiHIA Health Dashboard

MiHIA Health Dashboard

Mid-Michigan represents a mix of counties – big and small, urban and rural, college towns, university campuses, with successful industries, small businesses, and world class health care facilities. Its roughly 800,000 inhabitants enjoy a relatively good standard of living, but some of its counties have been hard hit by the economic downturn and still suffer high levels of unemployment or lack all but the most rudimentary of health services. (See OUR REGION).

Whom We Serve:

The MiHIA region is made up of 14 counties in mid-Michigan; they include Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. We also work with the Central Michigan District Health Department (Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon), Mid-Michigan District Health Department (Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm), and District 2 Health Department (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda).

What Is Measured:

The health and well-being of mid-Michiganders is determined by a number of these social, biological, and behavioural factors measured every year in the University of Wisconsin’s county health rankings report (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org).


  • In 2013, Midland and Isabella counties ranked within the top quartile for health outcomes; Midland also ranked in the top 10 for performance in health factors.
  • In 2010 Clare county ranked 82 out of 82 of Michigan’s 83 ranked counties; by 2013 through local efforts of their health improvement planning group they had moved to 75th in health outcomes.
  • Eleven of the 14 MiHIA region counties have better outcomes related to lower birth weights than the state average.
  • In the Saginaw hospital referral region, 96.1% of children aged 0-17 years were insured and 83.3% of adults aged 18-64 years; this ranks above the state level for insured children and adults.

The Quadruple Aim for Improved Health in the Region

MiHIA's multi-stakeholder involvement results in true impact through important initiatives provides direct and indirect benefits to the area and its residents. The regional-focused Quadruple Aim initiative is based on a core belief that solutions to national problems - like health care - can be found and designed at local levels.

  • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), known as Patient Experience
  • Improving the health of populations, known as Population Health
  • Reducing the per capita cost of health care, known as Cost of Care
  • Improving the work life of health care providers, clinicians and staff, known as Care of the Provider

Through our MiHIA Health Dashboard, we provide a web accessible reporting and monitoring tool where people can see how our community is doing relative to key health measures and associated health indicators. It is laid out in a way that provides easy to understand tables and graphics that follow Population Health for the region, Costs of Care and Patient Experience and can be clicked to reveal more detail.

Under the Population Health tab, you will find detailed demographic information on each county (under County Details), selected indicators of health or health behaviours such as smoking, activity, obesity, (under Health Factors) and selected indicators of illness and death (under Health Outcomes).

Our Cost of Care team has determined specific costs related to both public and private expenditures on health in the Saginaw Hospital Referral Region (which represents a majority of the counties in the MiHIA region).

Patient Experience is described by Access to Care, effective Treatment, and Hospital Use. This data has been derived from the Commonwealth Fund’s Local Scorecard for health in 2012.

Community Projects

The dashboard will also provide information on community-based projects, such as the Community Transformation Project (CTG) activities, that will motivate change and behaviours, promote healthier lifestyle choices, and improve overall health outcomes in the region. In these specific projects researchers and project members will use measures that they develop to monitor progress.

Navigating The Dashboard

Follow the navigation tabs on the left hand side of the page to move from section to section and within each section these navigation aids are also provided along the top of the page. Within the graphics in each section, county performance has been measured against a target value or standard (for example the Healthy People 2020 target or the State value) and color coded to indicate performance. Green indicates we are doing better than or have achieved the target value; red indicates we are doing worse than or have not yet achieved the target value. For measures rated against the hospital referral regions – green indicates we are in the top half (quartiles 1 and 2), yellow in the third quartile, and red in the fourth quartile. We’ve got work to do!

We welcome your comments and feedback. Please send to admin@mihia.org or b.roszatycki@mihia.org