Coalition? Collaborative? Institution?
What is a health collaborative?
GDAHC is America's longest-standing health collaborative

A health collaborative can have various meaning to different people. It depends upon perspective and involvement. The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) is expanding an effort to educate and inform about our role and impact in the community.


Collaborative (adj): to produce or conduct by two or more parties working together.


In short, a health collaborative is the intersection between those who give care, those who get care and those who pay for care. Based upon the environment and local needs, a health collaborative works with its members, partners, and the community to design initiatives, implement the work, and measure outcomes.


Specifically, health providers, health plans/insurers, employers, consumers, medical equipment suppliers and pharmaceutical companies  join with the GDAHC to improve the health and wellbeing in our communities .


A health collaborative is not a direct care provider.


Each community is different. Every collaborative is different.


GDAHC focuses in southeast Michigan on eliminating health disparities, increasing access to care, improving health care quality, reducing health care cost, and serving as a trusted resource for performance data and measurements.


GDAHC is the only organization in southeast Michigan that can bring the health care leaders from all sectors to a neutral, credible table. Together, we identify challenges and design solutions to create real change in health and wellbeing.


What is an example of a health collaborative's work?


Recently, GDAHC partnered with the Macomb County Health Department and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, along with several businesses, associations and non-profits, to design a four-prong strategy to reduce the rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in Eastpointe, Roseville and Warren during the next four years. The Macomb Partners in Health is collaboration at its best -- each partner contributing to the strategy design, owning a piece of implementing the tactics, and together monitoring outcomes.



Join the conversation... GDAHC membership provides you access to events and a seat at the table with the most impressive, powerful, diverse set of health care stakeholders in our region. Together, we identify challenges and opportunities and then design initiatives to address health care disparities and access, health care quality, and health care cost.


Are you considering membership? Test drive GDAHC membership by attending the 2015 Annual Board and Membership Meeting. Please contact Bryan Peckinpaugh at 313-965-4123 for a special invitation.

Friday, June 12
8:30-10:30 a.m. 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Detroit Branch
1600 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48207 
2015 Annual Meeting: Economic impact of the health and wellbeing of our communities
Charting a course toward healthy people, healthy economy
How do healthy people and a healthy community have an economic impact? Join us for the 2015 GDAHC Annual Board and Membership Meeting as keynote speaker Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and GDAHC President and CEO Kate Kohn-Parrott present thoughts and data on the economic impact of healthy communities. We will share our strategic plan and launch a re-branding campaign, and conduct our annual business meeting. GDAHC members attend free, while future members attend for $25. A continental breakfast will be served.
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