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, co-chaired by Kimberly Hulbert, manager of benefit advocacy, St. Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor, and Doug Weaver, patient access and financial clearance director, Michigan Medicine;
  • The WHI Opioid Project, co-chaired by Sara Szczotka, program manager, Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project and Juan Marquez, medical director, Washtenaw County Health Department;
  • The Navigating Senior Services Work Group, co-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 Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MHSUD) Work Group, co-chaired by Curtis Thornton, clinical director, Home of New Vision, and Katrina Bozada, assistant director, University of Michigan Psychiatric Emergency Services;
  • 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.