Current Projects

Several active work groups meet regularly to address the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s focus areas. With support from staff members at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), these groups generate innovative ideas to improve health and healthcare in the county, identify and share information on medical and social care gaps, coordinate and leverage resources, and plan and direct strategic projects and activities.

WHI Opioid Project

A volunteer organization, the opioid project brings concerned community members together with professionals from law enforcement, public health, community mental health, treatment programs, and hospitals to combat opioid misuse and overdose while meeting the needs of those living with chronic pain.

Believing that every person has a part to play in ending the opioid epidemic in Washtenaw County, the project promotes opportunities for residents and professionals to get involved, make a difference, and combat this epidemic. 

Community-focused action

The WHI Opioid Project is committed to addressing gaps within our community in an effort to combat the grip Opioid Use Disorder has on Washtenaw County. As of 2024, the working group was named as a member of the Washtenaw County Opioid Settlement Steering Committee. The committee has been tasked with identifying community needs and developing a strategic funding and evaluation strategy for the investment of Opioid Settlement funds.

Additionally, the group hosts an annual local opioid summit aimed at sharing important information and strategies in combatting the opioid epidemic in Washtenaw county.

For more information

Contact the work group’s co-chairs: 

  • Alyssa Tumolo, Grants Coordinator, Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan,

Contact the work group’s staff representative:

  • Matt Hill, Project Manager, Washtenaw Health Initiative and Center for Health and Research Transformation,