We create products and provide services our partners rely on to build health care workforce capacity.

What We Do


Research & report critical issues facing Michigan's health care workforce.


Bring together stakeholders to achieve meaningful results.


Develop innovative, effective and sustainable products & services.

Domains of Work


Pipeline K-12

Michigan’s kids are our future health care workforce. To capture their attention today, we serve as the Michigan HOSA headquarters with more than 5,000 students from over 100 chapters in virtually all counties. Regional, state, and national competitions offer an exciting way to teach our future health leaders the importance of teamwork, professionalism, and technical expertise. Because we find that 65% of our students ultimately work as health professionals, we are considering ways to expand our success by serving elementary and middle school students.


Clinical Education

The first-hand, context-based learning provided by employers to future health professionals offers a bridge between education and practice. However, it requires expert organization to efficiently utilize available rotations and ensure strong compliance with all organizational policies. We built a product with partners primarily in southeast Michigan to address many of these concerns for almost 70% of nursing students in Michigan. Now we are striving to simplify the clinical education process by offering that product, known as ACEMAPP, nationwide.


Workforce Capacity

Demand for care is increasing while the projected supply of health professionals lags behind. To bolster supply, we emphasize the importance of building health professional capacity. Examples include: supporting new members of the care team like Community Health Workers and serving as an affordable and effective sourcing tool to support the recruiting needs of employers in diverse settings and communities.


Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice

Interprofessional collaboration is a process for communication and decision-making that enables separate and shared knowledge and skills of different care providers to synergistically influence the care provided through changed attitudes and behaviors, all the while emphasizing patient-centered goals and values. We help practice managers and other change agents implement this type of teamwork by profiling sites with success stories, offering facilitation services, and fundraising for pilot tests.


Primary Care

Shifting from a sick care system to a culture of health requires a greater focus on primary care. Our goal is to promote health models that deliver the right care, at the right place, and at the right time. We published our latest findings from a discussion with 120 industry leaders to show why this shift requires more than just checking boxes to become a medical home.


Social Determinants of Health

Forty percent of health outcomes can be attributed to social and economic factors. Many groups spread across Michigan are working to connect their community members with non-medical needs like access to food, affordable housing, and quality education. However, we find that these groups are searching for ways to collaborate and communicate across communities. Our quarterly workgroup offers opportunities for health plans, hospitals, academics, community resource providers, and researchers to start thinking statewide about common issues that impact every community.

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Frequently asked questions

What do you do?

The Michigan Health Council is a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a culture of health with health professionals at the heart of the delivery system. Our mission is to build health professional capacity by offering innovative products and services across six domains of work.

What is a "Culture of Health"?

A "Culture of Health" is one in which: good health flourishes across geographic, demographic and social sectors; attaining great health is not only possible, but valued by our entire society; collaborative effort occurs between businesses, government, individuals, and organizations in order to build healthy communities; social determinants of health are addressed so that everyone has access to affordable, quality health care because it is essential to maintain, or reclaim, health; the economy is less burdened by excessive and unwarranted health care spending.

How long have you been in business?

We were founded July 16, 1943 by a joint effort of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Michigan State Medical Society and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Do you participate in licensing and regulation of health care professionals?

No, please visit The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website at http://www.michigan.gov/lara for full information regarding health care professional licensing in Michigan.

Is MHC part of the State of Michigan Government?

No. However, we often partner with the state government, specifically the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

What kind of services do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of services, from grant writing, to programming, to partnering with you on developing a new product or service, our goal is to create a culture of health in Michigan. Learn more at mhc.org/services

Meet the team

Melanie Brim

President and CEO

Craig Donahue

Vice President and COO

Lynn Sammartino

Finance Director

Brandess Wallace

Community Engagement &

Education Coordinator

Amy Hoge


Physician Services

Kristin Sewell
Kristin Sewell
Kristin Sewell
Kristin Sewell

Kristin Sewell

Manager, Research & Data,

MHC Insight

Ana Hornburg

Communications Manager

Angela Clock


Primary Care Engagement

Mark Burley

Director, Michigan HOSA

Samantha Pohl

Associate Director, Michigan HOSA

Brenda Mazuca

Program Support Specialist

Jennifer Bott

Program Coordinator

Stacy Gradowski

Director, ACEMAPP

Rachel Bunnell

Product Implementation Manager

Erin Szarka
Erin Szarka
Erin Szarka
Erin Szarka

Erin Szarka

Account Manager, ACEMAPP

Alexee Rhodes

Account Support, ACEMAPP

Staci Spadafore

Program Associate, ACEMAPP

Heather Cook

Account Support, ACEMAPP

Ryan Washeleski

Program Associate, ACEMAPP

Sean Parish
Sean Parish
Sean Parish
Sean Parish

Sean Parish

Customer Support,

Team Lead, ACEMAPP

Annie Keenan

Program Associate, ACEMAPP

Kelly Donnelly

Program Associate, ACEMAPP

Ajay Arumugam

Director, Technology

Mitch Dodge

Senior Web Developer

Jacob Farr

Web Developer

Jared Geller

Web Developer

Brian Clauser

Quality Assurance

& Testing Coordinator


  • My program’s partnership with E2P helped a Federally Qualified Health Center in Flint connect oral with physical health assessments during new patient visits, follow-up appointments, and care planning. Their team helped us win a $1.3 million federal grant for start-up funding, prepare the practice for the project by training facilitators and evaluators, and convene regular meetings to monitor progress.

    Christine Farrell – Oral Health Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

contact information

  • Address

    2121 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

  • Phone

    (517) 347-3332

  • Hours

    Mon - Fri: 08:00am - 5:00pm