Our Mission

The Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative is a regional collaboration dedicated to prevention, early detection, and management of diabetes.

Our Vision/Goal

 A reduction in the prevalence of diabetes and improvement in the care of people with diabetes. We will accomplish this by engaging and providing local, regional, and national resources to develop and implement an improvement plan for the prevention and management of diabetes.

About Us

Twelve county service area

The NMDI service area consists of the following twelve counties:
Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, Missaukee, Wexford, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee and Leelanau.

Our History

The Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative (NMDI) began in 2006 as a collaborative effort between Munson Healthcare, Priority Health, Northern Michigan's Diabetes Outreach Network (TIPDON) and stakeholders from the identified Munson Healthcare geographic service area that includes twelve counties (Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Crawford, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee and Roscommon). The Steering Committee consists of representatives from Munson Medical Center, Priority Health, local physicians, diabetes educators, county health departments and other health and human service representatives.

To get this Initiative started, the Steering Committee made presentations to key regional partners on the Munson Healthcare Community Health Board advocating that diabetes be identified as a critical health care problem in the 12-county region. Providing education and awareness is the primary role of the NMDI. A Community Diabetes survey representative of the 11-county service area (does not include Charlevoix as they are a new addition to the Initiative) provides data that is being used to springboard educational efforts. This survey will be completed again soon so we can see any changes that have been made.

NMDI's efforts change from year to year based on the needs identified at our annual Stakeholder meetings. The input received at this meeting is channeled through the steering committee. The NMDI objectives and small work groups are formed and organized by the NMDI coordinator. Ongoing funding is provided primarily by Munson Healthcare and Priority Health.

Our Sponsors

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Mercy Hospital Grayling
Michigan Department of Community Health
Munson Regional Healthcare Foundation
Charlevoix Area Hospital
Munson Medical Center
Otsego Memorial Hospital
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
Priority Health
West Shore Medical Center

Our Partners

Area Agency on Aging
Area Physicians and Healthcare Providers
AuSable Free Clinic
Benzie Council on Aging
Benzie/Leelanau County Health Department
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Cadillac Community Free Clinic
District Health Department #10
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse County Health Department
Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Michigan Land Use Institute
Michigan State University Extension
Munson Home Health
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency
Northwest Community Action Agency
Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Traverse City Senior Center
Traverse Health Clinic
TV 7 & 4
TV 9 & 10
Youth WOW

Dr. Steve Lamie, Internist, at Thirlby Clinic and Dr. Jill Vollbrecht, Endocrinologist, at Munson Medical Center serve as NMDI's co-medical directors.

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