Community violence beyond the numbers: Roger’s story

Roger Roper

According to Washtenaw County’s latest firearm death report, released just this summer, firearm homicide rates doubled–from 16 to 38 per year, on average–between 2012 and 2021. A number of these shootings are the result of street violence, which has claimed the lives of many young men and women.   Who are these victims?  In general, they … Read more

Voice of the WHI—Ginny Creasman, Medical Director, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

In January, WHI Communications Committee member, Erin Spanier, met with Ginny Creasman, the medical center director of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and WHI Steering Committee member, to discuss how she originally got involved in veterans’ health, her proudest accomplishments, and what inspires her to continue working for improved health in our community. Q. … Read more

WHI members are launching a community integrated health network for senior services in Southeast Michigan and beyond

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan, backbone organization to the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI), has recently received grants from the federal Administration for Community Living and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to expand and enhance a local collaborative that provides medically tailored meals, and referrals to home … Read more

New equity project aims to reduce health disparities in Washtenaw and beyond

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pledged to provide a $9 million Medicaid match to launch a new Health Equity Project in five Michigan counties.   The Health Equity Project aims to help these counties reduce health disparities associated with pressing social needs such as housing instability, food insecurity, transportation, health system … Read more

Meet the WHI’s community engagement program manager, Erin Horne

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), backbone to the Washtenaw Health initiative, has hired Erin Horne as community engement program manager. Horne will provide strategic support on racial health care equity and justice for the WHI and will work closely with Vital Seniors and the Healthy Aging Collaborative to create enduring outcomes for … Read more

Welcome new WHI Steering Committee member, Dr. Tendai Thomas

Tendai Thomas, MD, FACP, is a board-certified internal medicine physician at IHA and associate division head of internal medicine, leading quality initiatives. She chairs IHA’s recently created Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.  Dr. Thomas  earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed  her internal medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy … Read more

Key American Rescue Plan benefits: A two-page overview for clients

You asked. We listened.  After the March stakeholders meeting, members asked for a client-facing document that could be used to describe American Rescue Plan benefits, and how to access them. The American Rescue Plan funds dozens of programs that will help people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include cash benefits, food assistance programs, … Read more

Health department shares vaccine outreach data, info at April stakeholders meeting

During the March 15 stakeholder’s meeting, Ruth Kraut, deputy health officer of the Washtenaw County Health Department, shared information about the department’s numerous vaccination outreach programs.  The Washtenaw County Health Department has established mass vaccination sites in Ypsilanti, in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and in Chelsea, in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy … Read more

Should you explore health care coverage options during this year’s Special Enrollment Period? Probably.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law this March, will dramatically increase the accessibility and affordability of health care for millions of Americans. Four out of five enrollees in Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans will now be able to find a plan for less than $10 per month, and 50 percent of enrollees will … Read more