September 2021 newsletter: Trish Cortes talks community partnerships, Opioid Project events, Healthy Aging Collaborative, and more

By the end of the decade, one in four residents in Washtenaw County will be age 60 or over. The Washtenaw County Healthy Aging Collaborative, sponsored by the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B), is developing strategies to meet their needs.

Read the September newsletter online for this story, and more, including:

  • The WHI Opioid Project, in honor of Overdose Awareness Day, promoted new educational and awareness materials focused on overdose, harm reduction, and resources, and hosted a memorial event at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor;
  • The Washtenaw County Dental Clinic provides quality, compassionate care for low-income and uninsured patients as well as adults and children covered by most Medicaid plans, Healthy Kids Dental, MIChild, and most private insurances;
  • Trish Cortes, the executive director of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) agency, talks about the significance of mental health funding and new challenges with our behavioral health workforce, plus the impact of local community partnerships and how the WHI has supported the work;
  • News of note to WHI members, such as “Washtenaw County board approves spending $11M on youth intervention services,” Mlive, by Ryan Stanton;
  • Grant opportunities, such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Emergency Award: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19 Consortium (deadline: October 8, 2021);
  • Community resources, such as NAMI WC’s three-part webinar series: Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: Before / During / After; and
  • COVID-19 information; upcoming WHI meetings; and more

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