Seven cross-agency teams kick off SUD systems change transformation work with 100-day challenge

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. The goal? To improve the county’s SUD prevention and treatment system by identifying system barriers and weaknesses … Read more

Voice of the WHI: Ellen Rabinowitz, County Health Officer and Executive Director of the Washtenaw Health Plan

On August 30, Ellen Rabinowitz will retire from the Washtenaw County Health Department and the Washtenaw Health Plan. She is looking forward to a year-long break and after that expects to re-engage with the community in new ways. Liz Conlin, WHI Communications Committee chair, sat down with Ellen to discuss her history with the WHI … Read more

“The State of Health Care in 2019” previews state and national health policy legislation

By Liz Conlin, WHI Communications Committee chair (  Megan Foster Friedman, CHRT staff representative to the Washtenaw Health Initiative’s Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group,  spoke at the spring conference of the Michigan Society of Healthcare Planning and Marketing (MSHPM). The organization includes marketing representatives and strategic planners for Michigan-based hospitals, physician practices, … Read more

Three ways to fund community health workers: Lapedis explains in New England Journal of Medicine

In “Realizing the value of community health workers–new opportunities for sustainable financing,” a New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives piece, SIM Project Manager Jeremy Lapedis and colleagues from Poverty Solutions and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation describe new mechanisms for financing community health workers far into the future. “CHW-led interventions have been shown … Read more