MSU-Henry Ford Health System Project

June 9, 2020, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to significantly expand the two organizations' long-term partnership, a unique primary affiliation among the first of its kind for the region between a fully integrated academic health system and major state university.

Committed to redesigning care around patients and communities through education, research and clinical care, the enhanced collaboration will focus on improving access, affordability and outcomes, especially for Detroit’s and Michigan’s most vulnerable populations.

The non-binding agreement was signed after months of talks and has several hallmark elements including a primary affiliation for a shared research enterprise, expanded opportunities for health students and long-term plan to build a joint research institute in Detroit. Combined research areas will include health inequities and disparities as well as social determinants of health, primary care, implementation sciences, precision health and cancer.

The two organizations are working towards a series of definitive agreements and plan to finalize this fall.

Listen to MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, discuss the effort on the MSUToday podcast. 


As a land-grant institution engaging in the highest level of research, we are defined by working with communities to address areas of greatest need and making a difference through partnerships. This effort will uniquely prepare our students to lead the way in improving health and health care in the future.

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences