Voice of the WHI: Jack Billi, Professor of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine

In April, WHI Communications Committee Co-Chair, Liz Conlin, spoke with Jack Billi, Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine and Steering Committee member of the WHI, to discuss his early interest in becoming a doctor, the biggest health challenges we face, and some of his proudest accomplishments over a long and storied career in the medicine, quality improvement, […]

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Meet the WHI’s community engagement program manager, Erin Horne

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), backbone to the Washtenaw Health initiative, has hired Erin Horne as community engement program manager. Horne will provide strategic support on racial health care equity and justice for the WHI and will work closely with Vital Seniors and the Healthy Aging Collaborative to create enduring outcomes for […]

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Welcome new WHI Steering Committee member, Dr. Tendai Thomas

Tendai Thomas, MD, FACP, is a board-certified internal medicine physician at IHA and associate division head of internal medicine, leading quality initiatives. She chairs IHA’s recently created Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.  Dr. Thomas  earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed  her internal medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy […]

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Key American Rescue Plan benefits: A two-page overview for clients

You asked. We listened.  After the March stakeholders meeting, members asked for a client-facing document that could be used to describe American Rescue Plan benefits, and how to access them. The American Rescue Plan funds dozens of programs that will help people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include cash benefits, food assistance programs, […]

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Health department shares vaccine outreach data, info at April stakeholders meeting

During the March 15 stakeholder’s meeting, Ruth Kraut, deputy health officer of the Washtenaw County Health Department, shared information about the department’s numerous vaccination outreach programs.  The Washtenaw County Health Department has established mass vaccination sites in Ypsilanti, in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and in Chelsea, in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy […]

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Should you explore health care coverage options during this year’s Special Enrollment Period? Probably.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law this March, will dramatically increase the accessibility and affordability of health care for millions of Americans. Four out of five enrollees in Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans will now be able to find a plan for less than $10 per month, and 50 percent of enrollees will […]

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Voice of the WHI: Aubrey Patino, Executive Director, Avalon Housing

In March, WHI Communications Committee Co-Chair Maria Alfonso spoke with Aubrey Patino, executive director of Avalon Housing, to discuss Aubrey’s passion for housing, the health challenges that keep her up at night, and her many sources of inspiration. Q. What originally inspired your passion for housing?  Patino. I started out as a homeless outreach worker […]

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MMOE work group shares results from its latest open enrollment marketing campaign

For the past seven Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment periods–times when individuals across the nation can purchase insurance on the ACA exchange–the WHI has helped coordinate community outreach and enrollment efforts with members of its Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) work group.  We’re pleased to share results from the eighth […]

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Voice of the WHI: Sharon Moore, incoming WHI co-chair

Q. You’re a retired auto worker. Tell us a bit about your career.  Moore. I worked at the Ford Rawsonville plan for 39 years. I started out as a production worker on the assembly line and ultimately became an elected District Committeeperson and Bargaining Representative. I retired in 2005 as an appointed Employee Resource Coordinator […]

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Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT) expanding as overdose rates climb due to COVID

The effects of COVID-19 have been widespread. Quarantines, job-loss, isolation, and other stressors have led to significant increases in opioid overdoses. It is times like these when local programs like the Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT) are essential. And despite all of the chaos COVID-19 has brought, Home of New Vision and its partner organizations […]

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