10th anniversary timeline demonstrates the power of collaboration.
The Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010. The most sweeping health care reform the U.S. had seen in decades, the ACA was meant to dramatically increase access to health insurance for those without employer-sponsored care, to expand access to Medicaid for low-income Americans, and to encourage states to develop and explore innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the cost, and improve the quality, of health care. The federal reforms were clear, but how Washtenaw County would respond was another question entirely.
This August, the WHI’s Opioid Project is partnering with the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP), a program of Home of New Vision, to bring back the annual Washtenaw Opioid Summit on August 31 and September 1. WHI member advocacy revived the event after funding cuts Historically, the summit was funded by grants from the Community … Read more
Research from the Healthy Democracy, Healthy People initiative that shows states with more inclusive voting policies and greater levels of civic participation have better health outcomes. Furthermore, the research demonstrates that low voter participation drives health disparities, as barriers become self-reinforcing. People experiencing poor health are less likely to vote because they have to manage their … Read more
For the second year, WHI stakeholders are encouraged to nominate a community health initiative for the WHI’s collaborative impact award. It’s a simple process. Just provide the following information in the form at the bottom of this page by Friday, November 4, 2022, which includes: A description of the collaborative The name of the organization(s) … Read more
Our 2019 impact report
The WHI’s 2019 impact report focuses on the activities undertaken by active work groups, comprised of representatives from dozens of Washtenaw County organizations that have much to be proud of.
2019 highlights include:
- MMOE Work Group members trained college students to distribute more than 10,000 flyers in low-coverage neighborhoods, giving residents and businesses contact information for local agencies that can assist them with Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, and Health Insurance Marketplace applications.
- MHSUD Work Group members strengthened connections between behavioral health care providers and social service agencies across the county, helping to identify the community’s most pressing unmet needs, particularly around substance use treatment, and collaborated on action plans designed to address them.