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First ABLe Change convening identifies goals for an equity-informed substance use harm reduction initiative

ABLe Change: Recap of First Convening The first convening of the three-part ABLe Change Process took place November 7 and 8 at Eastern Michigan University. More than three-dozen participants–from community mental health organizations, substance use disorder treatment providers, hospitals, public health agencies, housing organizations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and other sectors–worked to develop an […]

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Dozens of opioid summit attendees join work to address top five community needs

Roughly 400 people attended the Oct. 15 Washtenaw County Opioid Summit organized by the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project. Attendees included U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and a half-dozen Washtenaw County Commissioners; leaders of some of the county’s most effective treatment organizations; physicians, nurses, practitioners; community members with lived experience; members of the media; and more. […]

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October stakeholders meeting focuses on community health and human service needs

At the October stakeholders meeting, the Washtenaw Health Initiative focused on community health needs, including social determinants of health, hospital health investments, and community mental health priorities. Social determinants of health The meeting started with preliminary findings from 72,000 social determinants of health (SDoH) screenings conducted by 54 regional Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) operated by […]

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September Newsletter: Opioid Summit, Community Mental Health, Livingston County, and more

Pilot program reduces anxiety and depression. Six years ago, WHI’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Work Group identified a significant gap in services for Washtenaw County residents with mild to moderate mental health concerns. Today, that gap is, statistically, a lot less significant–particularly for low-income and uninsured patients–thanks to the Tailored Mental Health Management and […]

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Livingston County works to reduce frequent use of emergency department services through patient-centered, integrated care

Each week, Lauren Richards, a complex care coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Ann Arbor Hospitals, gets a list of phone numbers for a handful of people who have been in the hospital emergency room recently. Richards doesn’t know the people on the list, but she’s been told that they may need health care […]

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Welcome new members of the WHI Steering Committee

The Washtenaw Health Initiative is delighted to announce new Steering Committee members. As many of you know, the WHI has two types of members: organizational members, who are high-level leaders at organizations critical to the WHI mission, and community members, who come from all walks of life and serve one or more three-year terms. We […]

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May Stakeholders Meeting focuses on mental health and substance use

The all-member WHI Stakeholders Meeting was held on May 23 and focused on the theme of “Mental Health and Substance Use.” These are top issues in the county, based on health department and health system assessments in recent years, said WHI Co-Chair Norman Herbert, kicking off the meeting. With the passage of the Public Safety and Mental […]

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Pilot program reduces anxiety and depression

Six years ago, WHI’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Work Group identified a significant gap in services for Washtenaw County residents with mild to moderate mental health concerns. Today, that gap is, statistically, a lot less significant–particularly for low-income and uninsured patients–thanks to the Tailored Mental Health Management and Support (TaMMS) Intervention designed and run by work group members Dr. Gregory Dalack, chair […]

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