A voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on improving health, health equity, and health care for Washtenaw's low-income, uninsured, and underinsured populations.
Washtenaw Health Initiative members and stakeholders are encouraged to vote by October 11. The award was developed to honor collaborations that have had a significant and positive impact on community health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hoteling residents experiencing homelessness and increasing food access.
How a Washtenaw County program is reducing homelessness for less than $100 per person. In the first three months of 2021, the Washtenaw Continuum of Care (CoC) used a new diversion program to help 23 individuals and 13 families avoid homelessness. The WHI, and member organizations, contributed to this initiative.
The WHI was originally formed to prepare for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 10 years later, WHI member organizations are still collaborating. Members will celebrate milestones during the October 18 Stakeholder meeting, which will include a special panel on the positive impacts of the ACA and the challenges that remain.
The new Health Equity Project aims to reduce health disparities for vulnerable residents in five counties, including Livingston and Washtenaw. The WHI's Mi Community Care (MiCC) project, supported by the Center for Health and Research Transformation, will implement strategies to reduce inequities associated with social needs on behalf of the Health Equity Project.
This September, WHI Communications Committee Co-Chair Liz Conlin met with Catherine McClary, Washtenaw County treasurer, to discuss her multifaceted career, including her early history in women's health and her current aspirations for making our county a more equitable community by dismantling structural inequalities.
Year joined WHI: 2015
Key focus area: Long term treatment services for people experiencing addiction and those in recovery.
Mission: To be a place where people experiencing addiction can go for help, regardless of their drug of choice or ability to pay for treatment.
Description of services: Dawn Farm offers a continuum of long-term treatment services to help people achieve long-term recovery. This continuum includes residential treatment, transitional housing, outpatient care, sub-acute detoxification, and a range of active outreach programs.
President: Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC
Address: 6633 Stony Creek Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-669-8265
Facebook: @dawnfarm
News of Note
Grant Opportunities
Deadline: October 26, 2021

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Community Grantmaking Program.
Deadline: November 4, 2021
Deadline: November 4, 2021
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.
Deadline: November 12, 2021
Center for Health and Research Transformation, Health Policy Fellowship...
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund.
Deadline: December 10, 2021

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Community Health Matching Program.
Deadline: January 19, 2022
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Investigator Initiated Research Program.
Deadline: January 19, 2022
Harry and Margaret Towsley Foundation. Grant opportunities in health & human services.
Deadline: February 4, 2022
Community Resources
Community Health Services of Michigan Medicine is offering free drive-thru flu shots at churches and community centers. Learn more.
Washtenaw OCED published a guide to the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program for tenants facing eviction or behind on utilities. Learn more
The U-M Injury Prevention Center published an SOS Toolkit for Washtenaw County with recommendations for strengthening local overdose response and prevention. Learn more.
Michigan OPEN/MEDIC is hosting a three-hour Medication for Opioid Use Disorder course on October 14th. Register
COVID-19 information
Washtenaw County COVID-19 vaccine clinic information. Read.
Are you or a loved one in need of a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? Read.
Who is eligible for a booster shot? Read..
Washtenaw County Health Department issues public health emergency orders for schools. Read.
COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County. Read.
WHI calendar
October 8th @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
October 11th @ 10:00 - 11:00 am
October 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
October 19 @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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