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A voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on improving the health of low-income, uninsured, and under-insured populations.

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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.

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  • WHI shares most recent impact report

    WHI shares most recent impact report

    In 2021, the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) sought to advance health equity and promote innovative programs. Members from dozens of local health, human services, and behavioral health organizations advanced a number of worthwhile objectives. Our latest impact report highlights workgroup activities and accomplishments, member organizations, and more.

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  • WHI member organization spotlight: Home of New Vision

    WHI member organization spotlight: Home of New Vision

    Read our December member organization spotlight, Home of New Vision. Year founded: 1996 Mission: To create a community that is free from stigma towards substance use disorder by bridging the gap between addiction and recovery through education, advocacy, and awareness. Key focus areas: Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery supports for people with SUD and their … Read more

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  • WHI steering committee announces MMOE and UNITE updates

    WHI steering committee announces MMOE and UNITE updates

    On November 8, 2022, the Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee reviewed 2023 priorities against the organization’s budget. WHI executive officers proposed to sunset the Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) workgroup and the Unified Needs Assessment Implementation Plan Team Engagement (UNITE) project. Their reasoning? Both projects can continue without the support of the WHI … Read more

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Annual Report

Our 2021 impact report

In 2021, the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) sought to advance health equity and promote innovative programs. 

Our latest impact report highlights workgroup activities and accomplishments, member organizations, and more.

Thank you to our donors, member organizations, and steering committee and workgroup members for making this work possible.

Gun violence is a public health issue. In 2022 alone, there were 647 #masshootings in the US. Check out this new infographic from @NIHCMfoundation to learn more.

#gunviolenceprevention #publichealth #publicsafety

https://nihcm.org/publications/updated-gun-violence-the-impact-on-public-health?utm_source=NIHCM+Foundation&utm_campaign=cbdb68fcd3-2023_Gun_Violence_Infographic_ReRelease&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-cbdb68fcd3-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! The HPV vaccine can prevent six types of cancer, including cervical cancer. HPV vaccines are very safe and effective and are recommended for all people ages 9-26.

A new free and publicly accessible firearm injury prevention online course is now available. The course offers an evidence-based curriculum and helps teaches participants about the science of pediatric firearm injury prevention.

@UmMarcz @FACTS_Safety
https://sph.umich.edu/research-education/online-learning-hub/