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May 2021 Newsletter: Welcome Erin Horne and Dr. Tendai Thomas, Jack Billi talks about 40 years of clinical practice

In April, WHI Communications Committee co-chair Liz Conlin spoke with Jack Billi, University of Michigan physician and faculty member, to discuss his proudest moments after 40 years of clinical practice and teaching and his ongoing passion for getting at the root causes of complex health issues. Read the May newsletter online for this story, and more, […]

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March 2021 Newsletter: WHI places intentional emphasis on race equity; introduction to new WHI co-chair Sharon Moore, and more

In 2021, the WHI Steering Committee agreed to pursue an intentional emphasis on race equity. Strategic priorities include amplifying local initiatives that promote health and racial equity, taking an advocacy role in the community, messaging about vaccine availability to underserved communities, utilizing community networks to inform/expand messaging and outreach, and assisting with community communications. Read […]

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April 2021 Newsletter: How to access key American Rescue Plan benefits, check out the deals during this year’s Special Enrollment Period, and more

At the request of WHI members, the WHI created a two-pager on the American Rescue Plan, which funds dozens of programs that will help people and families navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Read othe document, designed for WHI members to share with their clients, to learn abou key American Rescue Plan benefits and how to access […]

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June 2021 Newsletter: MMOE explains American Rescue Plan, Mental Health First Aid Training, and more

The American Rescue Plan, passed in March, dramatically decreased consumer costs for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many of the uninsured still don’t know if they are eligible, if they can afford it, or how to navigate the enrollment process. The MMOE workgroup will offer community presentations […]

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November/December 2020 Newsletter: 2019 Annual Report, New Millage Proposal and more.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2021. The WHI’s 2019 impact report focuses on the activities undertaken by active workgroups, comprised of representatives from dozens of Washtenaw County organizations that have much to be proud of.   Read the November/December newsletter online for this story, and more, including: New millage proposal aims […]

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March/April 2020 Newsletter: COVID-19, New Directors for WHI and more.

WHI member organizations and community partners have assembled a series of directories for community members dealing with the health, economic, and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each with a different focus, these directories list essential resources for those who have been impacted by coronavirus and those who are working to support them. Learn about […]

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Oct/Nov 2019 Newsletter: Battling uninsurance, the Washtenaw Opioid Summit, and more.

The September 2019 WHI Stakeholders Meeting focused on Michigan health policy and the unified community health needs assessment conducted by Washtenaw County’s non-profit hospitals. Speakers included Marianne Udow-Phillips, founding executive director of CHRT, Nicole Adelman, clinical and SUD services director at the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan, and Elisabeth Vanderpool, director of community […]

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June/July Newsletter: Doubling cardiac arrest survival rates, state of health care in 2019, and more

Since November 2018, dozens of representatives from Washtenaw-area organizations that are deeply involved in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) have been participating in an SUD system transformation process hosted by the Washtenaw Health Initiative as part of its State Innovation Model (SIM) work in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties. After a productive […]

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April/May Newsletter: Community leaders discuss WHI’s community-wide care coordination, Voices of the WHI with Ruth Kraut, and more

Community leaders came together on April 3 to discuss the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s community-wide care coordination intervention (aka the SIM) for frequent emergency department users. 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 […]

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February/March Newsletter: Strategic priorities, heat, hot water, and other health needs, and more

Ebony Curry is beaming. With temperatures dropping quickly, she’s been worried about one of her clients–someone who’s been in and out of the ER a lot lately–who can no longer fit into his winter coat. After a series of calls, she’s found one that will fit and clearly can’t wait to get it to him. As […]

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