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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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Reimagine Caregiving’s big year. What they’re doing and how to help.

By Amanda Sears, Grant Manager, Area Agency on Aging 1B Reimagine Caregiving is an initiative designed to improve Washtenaw County’s caregiver support system while enhancing outcomes for family caregivers and older adults. In 2019, with support from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the Area Agency on Aging […]

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New directions for the Washtenaw Health Initiative include equity, engagement, and influence

Over the course of 2019, the Washtenaw Health Initiative began mapping out a strategy for 2020 and beyond. To accomplish this, the Washtenaw Health Initiative Officers Committee and staff from the WHI’s backbone organization, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), engaged stakeholders, member organizations, and funders in a series of conversations about the […]

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Carrie Rheingans to join Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

After eight years of service to the Washtenaw Health Initiative–convening community partners to address local health needs and contributing to dozens of research and action plans–Carrie Rheingans will step down on February 14 to work with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on important substance use related work. Rheingans will serve as project […]

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Washtenaw reacts as federal judges block “public charge” test for immigrants seeking green cards

On October 11, three federal judges issued nationwide injunctions that will temporarily block implementation of the “public charge” rule that had been scheduled to take effect on October 15. The rule would have allowed immigration officials to consider the use of public benefits–including food stamps, housing subsidies, and Medicaid–as a negative factor in evaluating the […]

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Washtenaw SUD System Transformation Initiative celebrates early wins

Story by Lovella Calica, WHI Social Work Intern Since November 2018, dozens of representatives from Washtenaw-area organizations that are deeply involved in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) have been participating in an SUD system transformation process hosted by the Washtenaw Health Initiative, as part of its State Innovation Model (SIM) work […]

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