WHI communicates the connection between voting and health with new toolkit

Research from the Healthy Democracy, Healthy People initiative that shows states with more inclusive voting policies and greater levels of civic participation have better health outcomes.  Furthermore, the research demonstrates that low voter participation drives health disparities, as barriers become self-reinforcing. People experiencing poor health are less likely to vote because they have to manage their … Read more

Nominate a community health initiative for the WHI’s collaborative impact award

For the second year, WHI stakeholders are encouraged to nominate a community health initiative for the WHI’s collaborative impact award. It’s a simple process. Just provide the following information in the form at the bottom of this page by Friday, November 4, 2022, which includes: A description of the collaborative The name of the organization(s) … Read more

WHI steering committee member, Brent Williams, honored by Michigan Medicine with lifetime achievement award

Michigan Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine has awarded Dr. Brent Williams, Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee member, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes faculty members with distinguished achievement through a lifetime of inspired care for patients, service, mentorship, leadership, and scholarship, upholding the highest ideals of the profession while serving as an inspiration … Read more

After a special enrollment year, MMOE continues to focus on getting more Washtenaw County residents insured

The WHI’s Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group—also known as MMOE—serves the county by implementing projects and fostering partnerships that increase health insurance enrollment across Washtenaw County. This includes connecting with community partners, analyzing data, giving presentations, and hosting events that educate and encourage people to sign up for Medicaid or Marketplace health … Read more

The end of the PHE means big changes for health and human service benefits. Here’s a look at what’s on the line.

On January 31st, 2020—in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the entire United States. Since then, the act has been continuously renewed in 90-day increments. The PHE has fostered the health and wellbeing of low-income Washtenaw County residents … Read more

Meet the recovery community organization that is helping Washtenaw County residents learn and heal

In Washtenaw County, there is an organization working daily to advocate for and support people affected by substance use disorder—engaging with local and state policymakers, telling stories of recovery that educate the community, and providing free overdose rescue kits to save lives. That organization is the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project, also known as WRAP. And … Read more

March 2022 newsletter: 2022 priorities, chatting with the VA’s Ginny Creasman, new county SUD access line, and more

Read the March 2022 newsletter online to learn about: The WHI’s priorities and guiding principles for this year, including new potential projects that align with one or more of its strategic areas; The new 24/7 hotline for substance use services in Washtenaw County, streamlining the access point for assessments, referrals, and general information; The opportunity for … Read more

January 2022 newsletter: New WHI website and timeline, UNITE implementation plan, vaccine info and more

Read the January 2022 newsletter online to learn about: The UNITE group’s community health investment plan, which outlines priority health issues for Washtenaw County; The launch of the WHI’s new website and timeline, reflecting on ten years of collaboration; Our vaccine infographic highlighting the importance of vaccination against the COVID-19 and flu “twindemic” this winter; An … Read more

WHI discusses priorities, guiding principles for this year

While the WHI’s key priority areas—behavioral health, social determinants of health, access to care, and senior services—will remain the focus of the collaborative’s upcoming work, the WHI Steering Committee recognizes the need to address important issues that intersect with the group’s mission and goals in profound ways. At this February’s Steering Committee meeting, the group … Read more

Washtenaw County now using 24/7 hotline for substance use treatment support

Beginning January 1, 2022, Washtenaw County began utilizing a single 24/7 hotline, 734-544-3050, for any resident in need of substance use treatment support or information.The hotline is the same one used for mental health treatment support.  Calls are answered by licensed mental health and substance use professionals at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH), the … Read more