With millions newly uninsured across the U.S. due to the pandemic, open enrollment is more important than ever

By Cleoniki Kesidis According to a new study by Families USA, more than five million Americans became uninsured between February and May of this year after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s more adults losing coverage due to job loss than have ever lost coverage in a single year. And Michigan is […]

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Nominate individuals with lived experience to the WHI Steering Committee

Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) stakeholders are encouraged to use this short form to nominate Community Ambassadors–individuals who have lived experience accessing community-based health and social services in Washtenaw County–to serve on the WHI Steering Committee.  The Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee believes that building relationships with community members from populations that the WHI wishes to […]

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Videos from Washtenaw’s 2020 Opioid Summit focus on COVID’s impact on the county’s treatment and recovery system

As with many other conferences and events around the county, the 3rd annual Washtenaw Opioid Summit looked quite a bit different this year. Recognizing that COVID-19 has challenged all aspects of substance use disorder (SUD) and recovery, WHI Opioid Project members felt it was more important than ever to make sure we continued with the […]

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Addressing the digital divide: How one sparsely populated Washtenaw County township gained broadband internet access for its residents

By Allie Faulkner, MSW Candidate and CHRT/WHI Intern Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, our need for reliable, high-speed internet has been intensified, becoming a lifeline for how we participate in work and school, seek medical attention, access information, and stay connected.  Even though the need is apparent, broadband is limited in many areas of Washtenaw County, […]

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September Stakeholder’s Meeting focuses on action and advocacy opportunities for the WHI and its member organizations

At the September 2020 stakeholder’s meeting, WHI executives announced that Marianne Udow-Phillips will be retiring from her role as Executive Director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the end of the year. Marianne will continue to serve as a senior advisor on several CHRT projects, will teach at the University of […]

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WHI releases 2019 impact report

The Washtenaw Health Initiative will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2021. The WHI’s 2019 impact report focuses on the activities undertaken by active work groups, comprised of representatives from dozens of Washtenaw County organizations that have much to be proud of.  2019 highlights include:  MMOE Work Group members trained college students to distribute more than […]

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Survey of electoral candidates shares their positions on race equity, mental health, substance use, housing, and more

The Washtenaw Health Initiative partnered with the Washtenaw Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, Avalon Housing, the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, and the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan to conduct a survey that was sent to 59 candidates running for election […]

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Millage proposal aims to tackle affordable housing in Ann Arbor

By Cleoniki Kesidis Affordable housing is essential for a thriving community, but in Washtenaw County – the 8th most economically segregated community in the country according to one study by the Martin Prosperity Institute – affordable housing is rare. Each year, five thousand people experience homelessness in Washtenaw County, with even more people in insecure […]

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Voice of the WHI: Jimena Loveluck, health officer for the Washtenaw County Health Department

Q. Washtenaw County has seen about 1,300 cases to date, with about 40 percent of these in the 48197 and 48198 zip codes. Why were these areas so hard hit? Loveluck: The Health Department has been focusing on health inequities in these communities for several years. In addition to assessing community health, we review the data […]

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Refer clients to MI Community Care, the free community-wide care coordination program launched by Livingston-Washtenaw SIM

More than 450 Livingston and Washtenaw County residents benefited from the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s community-wide care coordination program, which began in 2016 with federal State Innovation Model (SIM) funding. As the federal funding for the project ended, these care coordination efforts were redesigned under a new name: MI Community Care. The Washtenaw Health Initiative and […]

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