Healthy Berrien Consortium

About the Healthy Berrien Consortium

Healthy Berrien Consortium (HBC) is a network of key health care organizations and leaders formed to jointly undertake improving the health and well-being of Berrien County residents. Collaboratively, this group of organizations promote strategic actions to continuously improve the health and wellness of the entire community. A Steering Committee guides the direction of the Consortium as a whole, including prioritizing goals, maintaining sustainability, reviewing and managing budgets, and ensuring that the Consortium mission is reflected in all activities and work. 

Healthy Berrien Consortium Members

Area Agency on Aging
Berrien County Department of Health & Human Services
Berrien County Health Department
Cass Family Clinic Network
InterCare Community Health Network
PACE of Southwest Michigan
Riverwood Mental Health Authority
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Spectrum Health Lakeland
United Way of Southwest Michigan
YMCA of Southwest Michigan


Workgroups are formed by the Membership and/or Steering Committee when specific work is identified that can most efficiently be moved forward by a smaller group at separate meetings. Current workgroups and initiatives include: 

  • Be Healthy Berrien 
  • Assessment Collaboration -HBC member organizations are aligning relevant aspects of their community and health assessments with one another to:
    • Pool and share assessment resources
    • Maximize the use of data collected
    • Minimize repetitive data collection, avoiding duplication of effort and reducing “survey fatigue”
    • Build towards assessment data that has implications for collective action to address identified issues
    • Expand the reach of assessment activities deeper into population groups, capturing perspectives that may have been absent from past assessments\
    • Provide support to assessment activities of other agencies to the extent that it aligns with the group’s objectives and capacity
  • Social Cohesion - Create alignment between the efforts of member organizations to build social cohesion in the broader community. Initiate new joint efforts to grow social cohesion, as needed and resources are available.

Current Healthy Berrien Consortium Leadership

Chair: Melinda Gruber, PhD (Caring Circle)
Vice-Chair: Nicki Britten, MPH (Corewell Health South)