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Voice of the WHI: Jimena Loveluck, health officer for the Washtenaw County Health Department

Q. Washtenaw County has seen about 1,300 cases to date, with about 40 percent of these in the 48197 and 48198 zip codes. Why were these areas so hard hit? Loveluck: The Health Department has been focusing on health inequities in these communities for several years. In addition to assessing community health, we review the data […]

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Refer clients to MI Community Care, the free community-wide care coordination program launched by Livingston-Washtenaw SIM

More than 450 Livingston and Washtenaw County residents benefited from the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s community-wide care coordination program, which began in 2016 with federal State Innovation Model (SIM) funding. As the federal funding for the project ended, these care coordination efforts were redesigned under a new name: MI Community Care. The Washtenaw Health Initiative and […]

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Health department’s ‘It is POSSIBLE’ campaign launched to combat the opioid epidemic in Washtenaw County

By Matt Hill, Program Manager The Washtenaw County Health Department recently announced the launch of a public education campaign focused on combating the widespread effects the national opioid epidemic has had on our local community. Titled “It is POSSIBLE,” the campaign aims to elevate stories of recovery in our community and to promote safer substance […]

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May stakeholder’s meeting focuses on Washtenaw’s COVID-19 response, observed and anticipated needs, and ways to address them

The WHI’s May stakeholder’s meeting, which was held over Zoom, was attended by more than five-dozen members. Topics of discussion included the community’s COVID-19 response, observed and anticipated needs and disparities, and ways that the WHI and its members can address them. In discussing what WHI stakeholders have been doing to respond to the pandemic, […]

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Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 drives new and enhanced collaborations between Washtenaw County’s diverse community organizations

By Allie Faulkner, MSW candidate and CHRT/WHI Intern It has been widely reported that COVID-19 has hit some communities harder than others highlighting racial and economic disparities around the country and how these disparities have been intensified by the pandemic. In Washtenaw County, recent data tells us that residents in the 48197 and 48198 zip […]

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Update 2-1-1 on your organization’s COVID-19 services–the 24/7 call center is a terrific first point of contact for residents in need

Dozens of detailed directories have emerged over the last several weeks as Washtenaw County leaders have worked tirelessly to respond to the threat of COVID-19 and to help residents navigate the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic.  In early April, the Washtenaw Health Initiative shared a number of these COVID-19 directories in an […]

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Where to go for what you need during the COVID-19 pandemic: A directory of directories by area of need

For most county resources, the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline is a great first point of contact. It’s a 24/7 call center, operated by highly trained staff, for community members who need assistance. Washtenaw County residents can access the call center by phone (dial 211) or can text, email, or chat with call center staff during […]

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Washtenaw, Michigan, and U.S. resources for addressing the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19

Dozens of detailed directories have emerged over the last several weeks as Washtenaw County leaders work tirelessly to respond to the threat of COVID-19 and to help residents navigate the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the directories that have come to our attention. Some have […]

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Norman Herbert on the origins and impact of the WHI and Washtenaw’s response to COVID-19

An interview with Norman Herbert, founding co-chair of the WHI, on the origins and impact of the organization, the health policies and practices that trouble him, and Washtenaw’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Q. What inspired your passion for community health? Norman Herbert: I served on the board of Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation for […]

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Welcome to Deana Smith, who will be supporting a range of WHI initiatives

Deana Smith joined the Center for Health and Research Transformation, backbone organization to the Washtenaw Health Initiative, last month. For the Washtenaw Health Initiative, Deana will be supporting the Steering Committee, organizing quarterly stakeholder meetings, and acting as a liaison between WHI work groups and leaders. She will also be supporting the WHI’s Senior Services […]

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