April/May Newsletter: Community leaders discuss WHI’s community-wide care coordination, Voices of the WHI with Ruth Kraut, and more

Community leaders came together on April 3 to discuss the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s community-wide care coordination intervention (aka the SIM) for frequent emergency department users. Directors from the SIM’s 11 founding partners (hublets) and partner entities were invited to attend, and roughly two-dozen came out to participate in the conversation.

At tables of eight, patterned after the bimonthly quality improvement meetings that their staff attend, directors discussed what the intervention does; how it impacts participants, partner organizations, and the community; the limits of the intervention as it is currently structured; whether and how it integrates with partner agency practices; and how it could evolve with sustained and improved funding.

Read the April/May newsletter online for this story, and more, including:

  • Next stakeholders meeting to explore impact of the WHI’s SIM care coordination intervention plus ways to better address the social determinants of health in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties
  • Voices of the WHI: Five questions with Washtenaw County Health Plan program administrator Ruth Kraut
  • Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group’s 2018 report highlights local accomplishments and enrollments
  • AAACF’s Jillian Rosen describes new Vital Seniors aging services innovation network and the role WHI will play in continuous learning and systems change
  • Groundcover News publishes “Comprehensive help keeps Cameron Cheek out of the emergency room”
  • A calendar of Washtenaw Health Initiative meetings for May and June, 2019
  • News of note by Lauren Slagter (MLive), Sarah Rigg (Concentrate), Ted Roelofs (Bridge), and more
  • Reflecting on the first 100 days of Washtenaw County’s Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage
  • New publications from the Center for Health and Research Transformation

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