Welcome to the Thumb Rural Health Network (TRHN) website!
TRHN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established as a network of 13 health care service providers to address the health care needs of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola County residents.
Its organization was originally initiated in 2003 by four Critical Access Hospitals - Harbor Beach Community Hospital, Deckerville Community Hospital, McKenzie Memorial Hospital and Scheurer Hospital. Current membership includes seven critical access hospitals, one sole provider hospital, two tertiary hospitals, and three county health departments.
TRHN strives to work collaboratively to improve the health status and health access of area residents. In 2004 the organization contracted with MSU to develop a study to assess the health status issues in the three counties. That study, along with TRHN Strategic Planning, identified the areas of improving health status and increasing health access as priority areas.
Initiatives in progress include an update of the Thumb Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), TRHN website development, the evaluation of the Thumb Steps-Up program, and a pilot Access Healthcare Project to address the needs of the uninsured in the Thumb area.