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UNITE soon to publish an implementation plan based on recent community health needs assessment

The Unified Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan Team Engagement (UNITE) group will soon be publishing an implementation plan based on their recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Washtenaw County. Review the health systems’ unified Community Health Needs Assessment on any of the following sites: Michigan Medicine CHNA St. Joseph Mercy CHNA The UNITE group […]

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New WHI project will examine disparities in Annual Medicare Wellness Visit participation

As part of the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s (WHI) commitment to health and racial equity, the organization will facilitate a collaborative data project with Michigan Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Associations (IHA). The goals: To understand differences in Annual Medicare Wellness Visit (AWV) participation across their respective patient populations in Washtenaw County;  To understand the root causes […]

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WHI Member organization spotlight: Jewish Family Services 

Year founded: 1978 Year joined WHI: 2011 Mission: To promote dignity and inspire humanity.  Key focus areas: Strengthening family life, fostering individual self-sufficiency and promoting improved social and economic conditions. Signature programs:  Aging and Caregiver Support: Help adult clients receive just the right services and support to maintain independence and dignity throughout their lives Employment […]

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Voice of the WHI: Versell Smith, Jr., Executive Director, the Corner Health Center

In June, WHI Communications Committee co-chair, Liz Conlin, spoke with Versell Smith, Jr., executive director at the Corner Health Center and longtime member of the WHI, to discuss the history of his organization, the health inequities he sees in our community, and the many ways his organization is serving Washtenaw County’s youth and young adults. […]

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The effects of case management on emergency department use: CHRT research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

In a new piece published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “Predictive Model-Driven Hotspotting to Decrease Emergency Department Visits: a Randomized Controlled Trial”, Center for Health and Research Transformation and Washtenaw Health Initiative staff report the results of the largest randomized trial examining the effects of case management on emergency department (ED) use. The study […]

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Huron Valley Ambulance staff respond to an emergency.

WHI Member Spotlight: Huron Valley Ambulance

Year founded: 1981 Key focus areas: Emergency services, transportation to medical care Mission: To provide accessible, high-quality pre-hospital health care services to the people and organizations we serve in southeast and south-central Michigan. Signature programs: 911 emergency response to 40 municipalities using more than 70 ambulances and 300 licensed personnel. Non-emergency transportation for patients traveling to […]

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A MMOE intern distributed pamphlets on health care enrollment.

WHI’s MMOE workgroup offers community presentations on free and low-cost health insurance options

The American Rescue Plan, which passed in March, dramatically decreased consumer costs for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace. However, many of the uninsured are still unaware if they are eligible, unsure if they can afford it, or simply overwhelmed by the enrollment process. To learn more about plans to spread […]

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Voice of the WHI: Jack Billi, Professor of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine

In April, WHI Communications Committee Co-Chair, Liz Conlin, spoke with Jack Billi, Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine and Steering Committee member of the WHI, to discuss his early interest in becoming a doctor, the biggest health challenges we face, and some of his proudest accomplishments over a long and storied career in the medicine, quality improvement, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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