About Michigan Thumb
Public Health Alliance
The Health Departments from Huron county, Lapeer County, Sanilac County and Tuscola County are participating in an Alliance in order to promote health, prevent disease and promote the environment within each of the respective jurisdictions and the region as a whole. This Alliance will afford more opportunities to write grants, achieve cost savings through bulk purchasing, share specialty services, and cost efficiencies.
The mission of the Michigan Thumb Public Health Alliance is to develop, implement and sustain models of shared public health services that increase capacity, contain costs, maximize assets, and more effectively impact health outcomes.
The goal of the Alliance is to strategically structure shared services, measure shared outcomes, purposefully engage the community of the Thumb, achieve positive health outcomes and collaboratively advance the health and wellness of the Thumb.
The Alliance allows us to work together to achieve efficiencies as a region but meet the unique needs of each community.
The MI Thumb Public Health Alliance will allow Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties to work together when applying for grants, to create uniform standing orders for their shared medical director and to share staff via telecommunication.
Also, the counties can save money by sharing medicine and supplies purchased in bulk.
Leaders from the health departments began meeting monthly and made plans to form the Michigan Thumb Public Health Alliance.
Goals of Collaboration
Greater Grant Opportunities
Develop common software platforms and infrastructure
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Huron Daily Tribune (Jul 24, 2018)
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"Strength in Collaboration"
Photos courtesy of Michigan Sky Media
"Community Health Assessment"
A Report and Plan for the Community
Implement Health Space Cloud Suite
Become an Academic Public Health Training Center
Our Medical Director
Mark Hamed, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.
Dr. Mark Hamed, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. is the Medical Director for Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola and District #2 Health Departments.
He is responsible for the medical/health oversight of and participation in these programs. Problems arising may be either anticipated or unanticipated and be related to communicable/infectious diseases; all forms of environmental contamination, food/water-borne illnesses, and commercial products posing a threat to human health and well being, and animal health issues that have the potential for negatively impacting human health.
Meet the Health Officers
Ann Hepfer, R.N., B.S.
Huron & Tuscola County Health Departments
Ann Hepfer, R.N., B.S.
Ann Hepfer, Health Officer, has been with Tuscola County Health Department for 29 years. She has served as the Nursing Administrator since 2004 and became the Health Officer in November 2016.
"I believe in a public health system that promotes the health and well-being of all of our residents, we are responsible for disease prevention and health promotion that focusses on a broad range of services. This can only be accomplished through strong leadership presence in our communities and working together to respond to the current and future public health challenges."
"The Michigan Thumb Public Health Alliance is an example of how we are working across county lines, in collaborative partnerships, to allow us to share best public health practices, reduces cost, increases administrative efficiencies and collaborate on Public Health Policies that improve the delivery of services to our residents."
Lapeer County Health Department
Kathy Haskins, B.S.N., M.P.H.
Kathy Haskins has been with Lapeer County Health Department since 1985. Initially working as a Public Health Nurse, she has also served as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Nurse Administrator; assuming the role of Health Officer in May of 2017.
To meet the health department mission of “Protecting and Promoting the Health of Lapeer County”, we rely on collaboration with both our local partners, and public health partners in neighboring counties.
As public health resources continue to decline, the ability to ensure disease prevention and health promotion services for our community becomes much more challenging. Collaboration and problem-solving on a regional level with counties of similar demographics as Lapeer County has allowed for opportunities to improve efficiencies through the use of technology and sharing of staff expertise, thereby creating more cost-effective options.
Kathy Haskins, B.S.N., M.P.H
Bryant Wilke, R.S., M.P.H.
Sanilac County Health Department
Bryant Wilke, R.S., M.P.H.
Bryant Wilke has served as Health Office and Director of Environmental Health Services for Sanilac County Health Department for the last 16 months and has over 27 years of environmental public health experience working in a variety of local public health programs.
"In meeting our community needs, forming partnerships with other local county health departments and community partners is key in successfully reaching positive health outcomes. As resources become limited, it’s up to health department leaders to become innovated and foster ideas to compete successfully for a stake in declining funds and continuing much needed services across our region."
"A collaborative approach allows for cross jurisdictional sharing of ideas, program insights and foster best practices among participates. It just makes good business sense to formulate opportunities through a collaborative effort than it would if each agency stood on its own."