We help people solve problems, improve outcomes, and transform lives.

Our Unique Approach to Problem Solving

It’s human instinct to try to solve problems quickly, but jumping to strategies rarely works and can even make problems worse. Our process outlined below shows how we help clients solve problems regardless of complexity.


Uncover the root causes of the problems to be solved


Engage key partners and stakeholders and develop consensus, capacity, and readiness to act


Design a course of action that targets the root causes and identifies clear roles, deliverables, and key performance indicators


Implement the strategies and activities needed to carry out the course of action


Evaluate key performance indicators continuously and make mid-course corrections as needed

Serving Systems Throughout the United States

We understand problems that may seem isolated are often connected, so we look at interventions through a systems lens. Growth Partners works to understand what clients want to accomplish and the challenges they’re facing, then design customized approaches that achieve desired results quickly and efficiently.

We can help, no matter where you are in the United States!

A Catalyst for Change: Growth Partners’ Impact Across the US

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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Growth Partners helped the Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration Substance Use, Gambling and Epidemiology and its state and local partners develop a state plan for addressing the behavioral health needs of older adults.

The plan, which was featured at a 2021 meeting of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Annual Meeting, is available at:

Michigan Older Adult Wellbeing Initiative Strategic Plan

State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Growth Partners evaluated state behavioral health planning councils and produced recommendations for streamlining and enhancing operations for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Growth Partners has helped the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services redesign its substance use prevention system and expand efforts to reduce youth retail access to tobacco and vape products.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

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Growth Partners operates the New Hampshire Technical Assistance Center for behavioral health practitioners across the continuum of care and coordinates and facilitates four Communities of Practice that focus on Prevention, Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Peer Recovery Support Services, and Health Systems Addictions Care.

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NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network

Growth Partners is evaluating factors impacting law enforcement referrals of youth to diversion programs for New Hampshire’s Juvenile Court Diversion Network.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical System

Growth Partners team helped the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (DH) medical system refine, conduct outreach for, implement, and analyze a survey to collect grassroots observations on changes in substance use and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DH, along with state and community organizations, will use the data to improve public health responses into the future.

Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission

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Growth Partners staff facilitated a legislatively mandated, statewide strategic planning process for the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission and 14 state agency partners.

Growth Partners staff helped state partners develop a vision for the state’s behavioral health system and use health indicator and health systems data to identify measurable, realistic, and time-limited goals, objectives, and outcomes.

View Oregon’s strategic plan now.

South Dakota

Growth Partners helped South Dakota reduce underage drinking 50% in 5 years, going from one of the highest rates in the country to a rate below the national median.

City of Flint / Genesee County

Growth Partners helped the City of Flint/Genesee County, Michigan, reduce alcohol-related traffic crash deaths 50% in 1 year and maintain the reduction for more than a decade.

North Country Health Consortium

Growth Partners’ organizational assessment and development processes have been used to create vibrant local, tribal, and state health systems across the country for the past two decades. These processes have been taught at American Public Health Association Learning Institutes and used by SAMHSA to improve the outcomes of state and local grantees.

Growth Partners has helping regional alcohol and other drug continuums of care, such as the North Country Health Consortium, use these processes to strengthen partnerships and organizational and health outcomes.

The assessment process brings health system members and partners together to analyze, discuss, and prioritize key indicators in the areas of system leadership, capacity, and use of effective practices and processes.

Iowa Department of Health

Growth Partners developed a 6-part customized training series for the Iowa Department of Health to support grantees funded through the CDC’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant program.

In addition to developing customized PowerPoints, we also provided facilitation guides, presentation tips, and resources to help state staff and local trainers feel comfortable providing the trainings to
audiences across the state.

Common Good

We specialize in assisting both public and private sector clients across the United States in tackling intricate healthcare challenges. Our success stems from our ability to deliver optimal outcomes for our clients, employing collaborative and tailored approaches.

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Better Results

With innovative, sustainable solutions, we equip health providers and communities for better health outcomes. Our services: training, technical assistance, strategic planning, needs assessment, research, and program evaluation.

What our Clients Are Saying About Us

Continuum of Care Coordinator North Country Health Consortium

“We could not have been happier with the assistance we received. Growth Partners was knowledgeable, professional, patient, and creative and it was a positive and rewarding experience.

Continuum of Care Coordinator, Carroll County Coalition for Public Health

“Thank you to the Growth Partners team for their thorough and valuable attention to our request. The data summary and final infographic will be invaluable tools to our work to raise awareness, identify needs and organize community response to those needs related to adolescent health in our community. “

Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator, Carroll County Coalition for Public Health

“The group was extremely patient and pivoted with us when we wanted to look at data through a different lens. I was very impressed with the details of the process. 

We measure our success by what our clients achieve

Laurie Barger Sutter

Chief Executive Officer, Growth Partners

Latest From the Field

Collaborating for Change

Growth Partners developed a state plan featured at the 2021 NASADAD Annual Meeting.
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Providing Partnerships That Saves Lives

Growth Partners helped the City of Flint, MI, cut alcohol-related traffic deaths 50% in a year.

Preventing Lifelong Mistakes

Growth Partners helped North Carolina cut its tobacco sales to minors by 40% in a year.

Preventing underaged smoking

Preventing Underaged Drinking

Growth Partners helped South Dakota reduce underage drinking 50% in 5 years.

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Leading the Way: Tackling Nationwide Issues in Public and Behavioral Health

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