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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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Voice of the WHI: Marci Scalera, founding co-chair of the WHI Opioid Project

On June 19, 2019, Joanne B. Jarvi, director of business development for Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, spoke with Marci Scalera, founding co-chair of the WHI Opioid Project. Scalera, who recently retired from her role as director of clinical and substance use disorder services at the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan, shares […]

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Washtenaw Opioid Summit takes aim at the stigma surrounding substance use disorder

Story by Matthew Hill, Washtenaw Health Initiative Substance Use Disorder Program Manager Roughly 250 people, representing many different professional and community organizations, participated in the second county-wide opioid summit held on October 1st, organized by the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project. The Opioid Project’s co-chairs, Nicole Adelman and Jimena Loveluck opened the event by focusing […]

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Missed the September stakeholders meeting? Here’s a recap.

The September 2019 WHI stakeholders meeting focused on Michigan health policy and the united community health needs assessment and implementation plan conducted by the county’s three non-profit hospitals.  Liz Conlin, senior vice president of re:group, inc. and chair of the WHI Communications Committee, updated stakeholders on recent improvements to the WHI website and e-newsletter. She […]

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As uninsured rates increase across the U.S., open enrollment takes on new significance

Last year, the national uninsured rate increased for the first time since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Approximately 2 million Americans and 25,000 Michiganders lost health insurance coverage between 2017 and 2018. In light of these loss of coverage trends, as well as Michigan’s pending work requirements, this year’s open enrollment activities […]

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Please join us in welcoming new staff and interns

Three new staff members and two interns join CHRT and the Washtenaw Health Initiative to support active work groups. Please join us in welcoming them to the work. Staff members Matthew Hill will support the WHI’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MHSUD) Work Group, Washtenaw SUD System Transformation initiative, and Opioid Project. Hill is […]

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