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Introducing the Millage Advisory Committee

In the spring of 2019, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health established a Millage Advisory Committee (MAC) to provide strategic oversight on Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Millage activities and investments. The 13-member committee, chaired by St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea President and CEO Nancy Graebner, is a subcommittee of the Washtenaw County Community Mental […]

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Seven cross-agency teams kick off SUD systems change transformation work with 100-day challenge

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. The goal? To improve the county’s SUD prevention and treatment system by identifying system barriers and weaknesses […]

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Voice of the WHI: Peter Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy

On June 19, 2019, we sat down with Peter Jacobson, a founding member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee. Jacobson, who recently retired from the WHI and Washtenaw County Health Department governing bodies to move closer to family in Washington, DC, shares his commitment to public health, his history with the WHI, and his […]

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Steering committee transitions: Thank you and welcome

Founding WHI Steering Committee members Peter D. Jacobson, director of U-M’s Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, and Ellen Rabinowitz, health officer for the Washtenaw County Health Department and executive director of the Washtenaw Health Plan, will retire this summer after eight years of service. This month, we featured Ellen and Peter in our “Voices […]

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New sponsored project seeks to double cardiac arrest survival rates in the region

A new sponsored project–the Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Learning Community (OHCA)–has been approved by the Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee.  The learning community, which aims to double cardiac arrest survival rates in the region, is comprised of multidisciplinary representatives from Michigan’s Washtenaw-Livingston County Medical Control Authority, a two-county entity that coordinates emergency medical services.   “Rapid treatment […]

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Voice of the WHI: Ellen Rabinowitz, County Health Officer and Executive Director of the Washtenaw Health Plan

On August 30, Ellen Rabinowitz will retire from the Washtenaw County Health Department and the Washtenaw Health Plan. She is looking forward to a year-long break and after that expects to re-engage with the community in new ways. Liz Conlin, WHI Communications Committee chair, sat down with Ellen to discuss her history with the WHI […]

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“The State of Health Care in 2019” previews state and national health policy legislation

Megan Foster Friedman, CHRT staff representative to the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group,  spoke at the spring conference of the Michigan Society of Healthcare Planning and Marketing (MSHPM). The organization includes marketing representatives and strategic planners for Michigan-based hospitals, physician practices, and health plans. Foster Friedman’s presentation, The State […]

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Three ways to fund community health workers: Lapedis explains in New England Journal of Medicine

In “Realizing the value of community health workers–new opportunities for sustainable financing,” a New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives piece, SIM Project Manager Jeremy Lapedis and colleagues from Poverty Solutions and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation describe new mechanisms for financing community health workers far into the future. “CHW-led interventions have been shown […]

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Voice of the WHI: Ruth Kraut, Program Administrator, Washtenaw County Health Plan

Ruth Kraut, Program Administrator for the Washtenaw County Health Plan, spoke with WHI communications chair Liz Conlin on April 17, 2019.  What inspired your passion for public health?   A: I started my career in environmental education at the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. I decided to make a career change and received master’s degrees in […]

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Hublet directors discuss the future of the SIM

Community leaders came together on April 3 to discuss the WHI’s community-wide care coordination intervention for frequent Emergency Department (ED) users (aka, the SIM). Directors from the SIM’s 11 founding partners (hublets) and partner entities were invited to attend, and roughly two-dozen came out to participate in the conversation. At tables of eight, patterned after […]

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