Voices of the WHI: Ruth Kraut, Washtenaw County Health Plan Program Administrator

Ruth Kraut, Program Administrator for the Washtenaw County Health Plan, spoke with WHI communications chair Liz Conlin on April 17, 2019.  What inspired your passion for public health?   A: I started my career in environmental education at the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. I decided to make a career change and received master’s degrees in public […]

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Heat, hot water, and other health needs. The vital role of community health workers.

Ebony Curry is beaming. With temperatures dropping quickly, she’s been worried about one of her clients–someone who’s been in and out of the ER a lot lately–who can no longer fit into his winter coat. After a series of calls, she’s found one that will fit and clearly can’t wait to get it to him. […]

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Medicaid and Marketplace outreach and enrollment work group orgs assist with 12,000+ applications

In 2018, Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group member organizations–including Aid in Milan, Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and the Washtenaw Health Plan–assisted low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and other individuals with more than 11,648 Medicaid or Healthy Michigan Plan applications and 741 Health Insurance Marketplace applications. The Washtenaw Health Plan, located in […]

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Second ABLe Change convening identifies systems change priorities

The second convening of the three-part ABLe Change Process took place February 20 and 21 at the Dawn Farm Community Barn in Ypsilanti. Roughly five-dozen participants from a range of substance use prevention and treatment programs attended, collaborating on an action plan to improve community wellbeing and reduce harm from substance use. During the first […]

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February stakeholders meeting focuses on strategic priorities: 2019 – 2022

Over the next three months, the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) will engage in a series of conversations with stakeholders and partners to inform strategic priorities for the next three years (2019 – 2022). At the February 22 meeting, stakeholders reviewed past and current WHI projects, feedback from the 2018 member survey, and potential strategic priorities […]

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Welcome new members of WHI Steering Committee

Please join us in welcoming new members of the WHI steering committee including community representative Krista Girty, executive director of Ozone House, and organizational representatives Mark S. Hausman, Jr., chief of staff for the VA Ann Arbor Health System, and Bill Manns, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. Krista Girty, executive director […]

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Voices of the WHI: Dale Berry, retired president of Huron Valley Ambulance

Dale Berry, recently retired President of Huron Valley Ambulance and CEO of Emergent Health Partners, spoke with WHI communications chair Liz Conlin on January 9. What inspired your passion for public health?   In 1975, I began my career as a police officer in South Lyon. At that time, police were dispatched to ambulance calls […]

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December/January Newsletter: A Judge’s ruling on health care, mental health and public safety millage news, and more

What a judge’s ruling on healthcare means, and doesn’t mean, for patients. The news started rippling through social media like an earthquake late on Friday evening: A judge in Texas had declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The whole thing, from health insurance programs that cover millions of people, to protections for people with health […]

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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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