Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project

Across the U.S., opioid overdoses have reached epidemic levels. Since 2011, 348 people have died of opioid overdoses in Washtenaw County alone. The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project intends to change that.

A volunteer organization, the opioid project brings concerned community members together with professionals from law enforcement, public health, community mental health, treatment programs, and hospitals to combat opioid misuse and overdose while meeting the needs of those living with chronic pain.

Believing that every person has a part to play in ending the opioid epidemic in Washtenaw County, the project promotes opportunities for residents and professionals to get involved, make a difference, and combat this epidemic. 


Membership in the opioid project is fluid, but participants come from local hospitals, schools, treatment centers, research organizations, mental health programs, community groups, prepaid health plans, and importantly, members of the recovery community. Current members include representatives from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Members meet the third Tuesday of each month (see the WHI’s upcoming events page for more details). 

For more information

Contact the Opioid Project co-chairs: 

Contact the committee’s staff representative:

  • Molly Welch-Marahar, Program Manager at the Center for Health and Research Transformation, at mowelch@umich.edu.