Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region/Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Jane Sundmacher has extensive experience in public health, with success in community, clinical, worksite, and university settings in both rural and urban areas. She currently leads the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR), a unique model for improving health equity and reducing disparities through collaboration and systems change in a 10-county region (CHIRs are one component of the Michigan State Innovation Model, funded with a federal grant from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicare). She also facilitates the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance, an award-winning partnership of seven local health departments that together serve a 31-county region. Mrs. Sundmacher has expertise in cross jurisdictional sharing, community health assessment and improvement, strategic planning, coalition building, project management, and grant writing, and possesses strong facilitation skills utilizing Technology of Participation Methods.
Mrs. Sundmacher began her career in 1984 at Oakwood Hospital, a 1,000-bed system in the metropolitan Detroit area. Following several promotions, she was appointed Associate Administrator for Community Health and Health Promotion, directing three large departments (Community Health, Health in Business, and Oakwood Information Center) until 1991, when she moved to rural Northern Michigan. Mrs. Sundmacher was a full-time stay-at-home mother for four years, until she joined the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in 1995. Since then, she has led many local and regional initiatives to increase public health system capacity and improve population health.