Great Lakes Center for Health Innovations

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GLCHI LogoThe Great Lakes Center for Health Innovation - a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan - is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people as well as achieving health equity through collaboration and state-of-the-science health and prevention practices.

Center staff work with a broad array of clients and partners to develop solutions for complex public health issues. Our network of partners within the academic, government, healthcare, and community sectors enables us to devise innovative solutions for preventing chronic conditions and their complications and improving overall health and well-being. Collectively, the Center staff has more than 65 years of experience in public and community health, nursing, health education, dietetics, social work, education, evaluation, and research. In addition, the Center has access to more than 150 Community Health Workers, who provide strong understanding of and direct linkage to the communities we serve.

The mission of the Great Lakes Center is to maximize positive health outcomes for people with chronic conditions and empower at-risk communities through collaboration, scientific inquiry, and applied expertise which:

  • Create value by supporting community level change to improve health outcomes and quality of life;
  • Advance the application of evidence-based health practices in underserved communities;
  • Advance community capacity to improve health outcomes and achieve health equity among population groups and geographic areas.

Our strategic directions to pursue this mission are:

  1. Place priority on science that has the potential to positively impact health trends.
  2. Place priority on projects that advance community capacity to improve health status and to achieve equity in health status among vulnerable populations.
  3. Develop and evaluate comprehensive interventions to stimulate health improvement.
  4. Create opportunities to access physical and social environments that make positive health practices the easiest choices.

GLCHI MapThe Great Lakes Center works at the community, county, state, regional, and national level.  Sites of current Center efforts are noted in this map. 

Our innovative programming, public health research, and evaluation include:

  • Community Coalition Building and Support
  • Health Systems Change Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Programs
  • Survey Instrument Development, Execution, and Analysis
  • Database Development
  • Cost Effectiveness Research of  Community-Based Interventions
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Public Health Research

Examples of projects include:

  • State consultation and evaluation for the Diabetes Leadership Initiative, a multi-state project aimed at preventing and controlling diabetes complications through awareness and health systems change interventions.
  • Project coordination and evaluation of the Time to Treat Initiative, a multi-state project to address clinical inertia in caring for people with newly diagnosed diabetes through provider education and health systems change interventions.
  • Evaluation of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors National and State Diabetes Prevention Projects focused on expansion of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

For more information on the Great Lakes Center for Health Innovations, contact Linda Smith-Wheelock at 734-222-9800 or [email protected].