October 2021 newsletter: Catherine McClary and equity work, WHI 10th anniversary, homelessness collaboration, and more

The new Health Equity Project aims to reduce health disparities for vulnerable residents in five counties, including Livingston and Washtenaw. The WHI’s Mi Community Care (MiCC) project, supported by the Center for Health and Research Transformation, will implement strategies to reduce inequities associated with social needs on behalf of the Health Equity Project.

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

  • The WHI, and member organizations, used a new diversion program to help 23 individuals and 13 families avoid homelessness;
  • WHI stakeholders plan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WHI
  • Dawn Farm provides long term treatment services for people experiencing addiction and those in recovery;
  • Cathermine McClary talks about her early history in women’s health and her current aspirations for making our county a more equitable community by dismantling structural inequalities;
  • 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 “Ypsi nonprofits collaborate to create cozy housing for youth transitioning out of foster care,” Sarah Rigg, Concentrate;
  • Grant opportunities, such as the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund. (Deadline: December 10, 2021);
  • Community resources, such as Michigan Medicine’s free drive-thru flu shots at churches and community centers; and
  • COVID-19 information; upcoming WHI meetings; and more

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