WHI shares most recent impact report

In 2021, the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) sought to advance health equity and promote innovative programs. Members from dozens of local health, human services, and behavioral health organizations advanced a number of worthwhile objectives.
Our latest impact report highlights workgroup activities and accomplishments, member organizations, and more.

WHI member organization spotlight: Home of New Vision

Read our December member organization spotlight, Home of New Vision. Year founded: 1996 Mission: To create a community that is free from stigma towards substance use disorder by bridging the gap between addiction and recovery through education, advocacy, and awareness. Key focus areas: Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery supports for people with SUD and their … Read more

WHI steering committee announces MMOE and UNITE updates

On November 8, 2022, the Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee reviewed 2023 priorities against the organization’s budget. WHI executive officers proposed to sunset the Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) workgroup and the Unified Needs Assessment Implementation Plan Team Engagement (UNITE) project. Their reasoning? Both projects can continue without the support of the WHI … Read more

WHI honors the Recovery Opioid Overdose Team

The Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT), a program of Home of New Vision, provides support to those who have experienced overdose within 24-72 hours of the incident. ROOT works with several partner organizations, including Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Huron Valley Ambulance, Trinity Health Ann Arbor, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Washtenaw … Read more

Vote for our second annual Collective Impact Award by November 30

This year, the Washtenaw Health Initiative brings back its Collective Impact Award, which recognizes local collaborations that have made a significant and positive impact on community health.  In our community, various organizations are working toward similar goals. However, collaboratives can break down silos and allow individuals to achieve more, together. The WHI believes that collaboration, … Read more

WHI member organization spotlight: Packard Health

Year founded: 1973 Mission: To provide the best possible care to our patients and community, including people whose economic, social or cultural conditions might otherwise prevent them from accessing health care. Key focus areas: Affordable and accessible health care for all  Services: Primary care for all ages: annual exams, screenings and treatment of illness, preventative … Read more

WHI member organization spotlight: UNIFIED HIV Health and Beyond

Year founded: 2015 Mission: Rooted in the history of our fight against HIV, UHHB advances prevention, access to health care, community research, and advocacy. Key focus areas: HIV prevention and HIV care Services: Prevention services: Such as harm reduction and syringe service programs, Hepatitis C testing, HIV testing including in-office and self testing, outreach services, a PrEP Clinic, … Read more

WHI member organization spotlight: Washtenaw Health Plan

Year founded: 2001 Mission: Helping low-income and uninsured people access high quality health care and health-promoting services. Key focus areas: Access to healthcare for low income individuals. Services: The WHP helps people with Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment Runs a safety net health care program, the Washtenaw Health Plan B Works closely with the Washtenaw County Health Department … Read more

WHI member organization spotlight: Ypsilanti Community Schools

Year founded: 2013 Mission: YCS is dedicated to developing mindful, engaged, and connected students with the knowledge, skills, and work ethics to prepare them to pursue their career aspirations and contribute to a community that celebrates diversity, equity, and justice. Key services: Services: College and Career Readiness: Free Dual Enrollment Opportunities with Washtenaw Community College … Read more

November 2021 newsletter: WHI 10th anniversary recap, Mark Creekmore talks mental health, health equity project, and more

In October, sixty-five individuals attended the WHI’s 10th anniversary Stakeholders Meeting, which was a time to reflect on the focus of the WHI, what has been accomplished by WHI volunteers over the years, of the progress that’s been made, and of the work that’s left to do.  Read the November newsletter online for this story, and … Read more