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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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Join us for the Washtenaw County Opioid Summit on Mon., Oct. 15

The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project invites residents and professionals to attend the Washtenaw County Opioid Summit on Monday, October 15, at the Morris Lawrence Building of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI. See the full agenda The summit will bring together addiction professionals, providers, and the community to educate, increase awareness, […]

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WHI Stakeholders Meeting, Monday, February 26, 2018

  The all-member WHI Stakeholders meeting on Monday, February 26 featured representatives from Huron Valley Physicians Association, Integrated Health Associates (IHA), and Michigan Medicine, who shared data from system-wide screenings for social determinants of health needs. Screening domains are shown in the graph below.  At IHA, social isolation, food security, and childcare were the areas […]

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Stateside’s Cynthia Canty Interviews Advance Care Planning Project Co-Chair Marianne Udow-Phillips

New program seeks to encourage more of us to talk with our doctors about end of life care By Stateside Staff • Nov 16, 2015 Stateside with Cynthia Canty No matter what your circumstances in life, there is one great and final equalizer: Every single one of us will die. Yet it is often difficult […]

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Washtenaw ID now available to residents

The Washtenaw County ID made its long-awaited debut on June 1, 2015, at the Office of the County Clerk. “I think our last count was close to 400 IDs distributed since June 1st,” Keta Cowan, CEO of Synod Community Services in Ypsilanti and Chair of the Washtenaw ID Task Force, shared on June 18. The ID […]

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Washtenaw Health Plan Highlighted in Ann Arbor Observer

  WHI Charter organization, the Washtenaw Health Plan, was highlighted in the February edition of the Ann Arbor Observer. WHP’s Director of Enrollment and Advocacy and Chair of the WHI Medicaid & Marketplace Outreach & Enrollment Work Group, Krista Nordberg, was interviewed about the ongoing need for WHP services in the community.  

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Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care Work Group Update

Update from the WHI Mental Health/Substance Use Work Group At the WHI Planning Group meeting in February, members worked in small discussion groups to identify the gaps that will remain for the low-income and uninsured in the county after implementation of the ACA.   Nearly every group identified mental health and substance use services for the […]

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