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Who will be our Service Providers in 5, 10, 15 Years?

The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) is pleased to announce a new program to help answer this question. A grant award, in the amount of $99,870 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will fund after school career programs. Programs support pursuit of health and human service careers in Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties.   The grant was awarded to Sanilac County Health Department and will be implemented by TCHP.
Twenty organizations make up the partnership. They include health departments, hospitals, mental health agencies, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and a community action agency.  Mid-Central Area Academic Health Education Center of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, will assist with programs.
This project will help meet the high demand for health and human service careers. Participants will learn about many health and human service careers. A nurse or a doctor. Maybe a counselor. There is a wide range of other careers to consider too. Take a look at the current job openings in our community. Visit
These programs will help ensure a strong workforce to take care of the children, families, and senior citizens in our community.  The program will cover many types of careers- from certificate programs to doctorate degrees. “We hope to ignite interest and excitement toward health and human service careers.”  Bryant Wilke, Sanilac County Health Department Health Officer (grant recipient).  Six programs will be offered at various schools throughout the Thumb. Schools that are interested in hosting a program can submit an interest form by July 15th.  “The partnership is committed to growing a workforce that will become the next generation of providers.  The Thumb is a GREAT place to Live, Work, and Play! Who knows that better than our young people?”  Kay Balcer, TCHP Director
Visit for info about health and human service careers. For programs dates and registration, follow us on Facebook/ThumbHealth. Contact Kay Balcer at or 989-553-2927 with questions. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare. The Health Fund has a special focus on children and seniors.
Find more information about the Health Fund at .
The Thumb Community Health Partnership was formed in 2019, and encompasses Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, and the rural portion of Lapeer Counties. The Thumb Community Health Partnership’s Mission is to provide an integrated approach to identify key issues and establish a coordinated response to regional community needs, thereby providing a cohesive regional effort to identify, plan for, and provide interventions that will lead to a healthier community. TCHP members recognize that a unified approach to address mental health and chronic disease is a priority in the Thumb.

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