A better way to keep Michigan's children healthy.

The Model

Focused on improving the health outcomes of children on Medicaid, MI-CHAP enhances the health care delivery system for Michigan’s children.

MI-CHAP is expanding the existing CHAP model in Kent and Wayne counties.  MI-CHAP also launched new CHAPs in the following seven Michigan communities:

  • Genesee County
  • Ingham County
  • Kalamazoo County
  • Macomb County
  • Northwest Michigan (Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, & Otsego Counties)
  • Saginaw County
  • Upper Peninsula (All 15 Counties)

Seeking an innovative solution for communities that do not have a local CHAP, MI-CHAP launched Virtual CHAP (V-CHAP).  Building on our partnership with Michigan 2-1-1, V-CHAP provides CHAP services telephonically to all 2-1-1 callers.   Maximizing the combination of local CHAPs and V-CHAP, MI-CHAP has made health care access services available to the entire state.

To see the first year evaluation of the MI-CHAP expansion, click here.

The History

The CHAP demonstration project began in Kent County in July 2008 to improve health outcomes of children on Medicaid while making better use of existing resources and decreasing costs. An independent evaluation of the CHAP demonstration phase, conducted by SRA International, was released in August 2012. 

It found:

CHAP addresses all aspects of the “three part aim:” better health outcomes, better health care, and reduction in the total cost of care.

  • At the practice level, emergency department visits declined 5% to 15% over the course of the project, compared to the baseline year.
  • Among CHAP clients (those receiving at least one CHAP support service) age 1 to 5, emergency department visits declined 43%; among CHAP clients age 1 to 17, ED visits declined by 35%.
  • When looking at benefits over a two year period, the social benefits of CHAP exceeded the costs by 53% — a return of $1.53 for every $1 invested

For more information on the original CHAP demonstration project, click here

The Michigan Association of United Ways received funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) to support the Michigan Children's Health Access Program. Created in 2013, the Michigan Health Endowment seeks to make a meaningful difference in people's lives - particularly benefiting the health and wellness of Michigan's children and seniors. If you would like more information about MHEF, please visit their web site at: www.healthendowmentfund.org

Steering Team

The MI-CHAP Steering Team is made up of healthcare and nonprofit professionals from across Michigan who are dedicated to improving the health of Michigan's Children

Maureen Kirkwood, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Health Net of West Michigan

Nancy Lindman
Director of Policy and Partnerships, Michigan Association of United Ways

Carry Tarry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Denise Sloan
Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics

Meghan Swain
Executive Director, Michigan Association for Local Public Health

Dominick Pallone
Deputy Director, Michigan Association of Health Plans

Lisa Farnum
Managing Director, Michigan Association of Health Plans

Alan Bolter
Associate Director,Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

Kirk Smith
President and CEO, Greater Flint Health Coalition

Lisa Peacock
Health Officer, Health Department of Northwest Michigan

Steve Gold
Health and Community Services Director, Macomb County

Beth St. John
Coordinator, Michigan Children's Health Access Program


Lawrence Reynolds, M.D., Co-Chair
President & CEO, Mott Children's Health Center

Julie Tatko
Enabling Services Director, Michigan Primary Care Association

Kathy Stiffler
Director, Medicaid Operations and Quality Assurance Bureau,
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Ruthanne Sudderth
Vice President, Public Affairs
Michigan Hospital Association

Amy Zaagman
Executive Director, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

Laurie Solotorow
Senior Program Officer, Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Robert Sheehan
Director, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

Sandra Lindsay
CEO, Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

Robin Reynolds
Director, Ingham Health Plan

Dianne Shaffer
Program Director, Kalamazoo Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department

Jonathan Mead
President and CEO, Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress

Teresa Holtrop, M.D.
Executive/Medical Director, Wayne Children's Health Access Program


Nancy Lindman
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Gustavo Rotondaro
Data Consultant; Metrica
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