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The Midwest Health Initiative (MHI) brings together those who provide, pay for, and use health care to share knowledge and develop regional solutions for the problems that vex our health care system. As a nonprofit, regional health improvement collaborative, MHI is dedicated to generating data insights that support multi-stakeholder collaboration for higher quality, more affordable health care.

MHI provides a forum for diverse stakeholders to solve some of our region’s most pressing health care challenges, such as the pre-pandemic collaboration to reduce unnecessary Emergency Department visits and the current Realizing Effective and Affordable Change in Health Care (REACH) Workgroup’s shared commitments to flatten growth in health care spending in our region.

Our Mission

To provide a forum where trusted information and shared responsibility are used to improve health and the quality and affordability of health care.

Our Vision

A community that consistently leads the nation in health, care quality, and affordability.

Meet The Team

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Lynn Cao, MS

Data Analyst I


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Justin Powless, MA

Operations Manager

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Jadon Schroeder

Data Analyst I

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Allison Ball

Manager, Research & Analytics

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Laurel Pickering, MPH

President & CEO

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Kelci Hannan, PhD, ATC

Director, Research & Analytics

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Louise Probst, MBA, RN

Senior Advisor

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