Who is GDAHC?

The Greater Detroit Area Health [GDAHC] was founded and incorporated on August 14th, 1944, as the Detroit Hospital Council. The primary goal of the Detroit Hospital Council was to improve the management of community health resources citywide by providing health facility planning to hospitals. Today, GDAHC is the nation's longest-standing multi-stakeholder collaborative dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the diverse communities of southeastern Michigan. Our work expands across the 7-counties that make up the region, and in some cases the state and nation.

GDAHC is southeast Michigan's premier health care coalition. We leverage multi-sector and multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop and evaluate innovative ways to improve health and wellbeing. As a health care leader for 75 years, GDAHC has been recognized regionally and nationally.

GDAHC represents everyone who gets care, gives care, and pays for care. GDAHC is dedicated to the cost-effective allocation, management, and use of health care resources. As a non-profit collaborative, we develop strong, strategic partnerships that increase access to care, improve the value and manage the cost of health. We do all of this in accordance with our Mission, Vision & Values.

What does GDAHC do?

Brings together health care stakeholders to work collaboratively and equitably toward common goals and outcomes, such as GDAHC's Find MI Care website and mobile app to connect people to free and low-cost health care close to home.

Collaborates with partners and key contributors to solve improvement problems, such as the Macomb Partners in Health, a four-year initiative to reduce chronic disease in Macomb County, with the Macomb County Health Department, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, and others, and Choosing Wisely, through the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, to reduce the overuse of unnecessary tests and treatments.

Leverages relationships to maximize opportunities, such as creating innovative programs with funders and the community that includes GDAHC's Hypertension Intervention Project (HIP), that uses peer-to-peer lifestyle education to help lower high blood pressure among African Americans.

Drives comprehensive data collection, analysis and reporting that no other stakeholder can produce alone, such as annual physician and hospital performance reporting through myCareCompare.org.

Transforms community health through education, employment and empowerment, such as the Coffee & Controversy educational series and the Pathway to Healthcare health literacy videos to assist in health care enrollment, as well as understanding, using, and retaining benefits.

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Having been around for 73-years, GDAHC has a robust history. We encourage you to learn more about the history of this great organization by viewing a time line of our history.