Eight 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.

To learn about the WHI's current projects, visit the work group pages listed below:

  • The UNITE Group, co-chaired by Alfreda Rooks, director of community health services for Michigan Medicine, and Elisabeth Vanderpool, director of community health for St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston;
  • The Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group, chaired by Cindy Bodewes, senior director of patient business services at Michigan Medicine;
  • The Opioid Project, co-chaired by Jimena Loveluck, deputy health officer of the Washtenaw County Health Department and Marci Scalera, clinical and SUD services director for the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan;
  • The Navigating Senior Services Work Groupco-chaired by Rachel Dewees, assistant director of community programs at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, and Joanne Grosh, director of senior services for southeast Michigan at St. Joseph Mercy Health System; 
  • The Advance Care Planning Project, chaired by Dr. Sheryl Kurze, a hospice and palliative care specialist in Ann Arbor, MI;
  • The Community-Wide Care Coordination Initiative, co-chaired by Douglas Strong, retired CEO of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Healthcare Centers, and Paul Valenstein, a practicing physician and board member with Integrated Health Associates;
  • The Social Determinants of Health Screening and Referral Initiative, co-chaired by Marti Walsh, chief quality officer and population health officer for Integrated Health Associates and Leah Corneail, senior project manager, Michigan Medicine Population Health Office; and
  • The Systems Improvement Initiative, coordinated by staff from the Center for Health and Research Transformation.