A voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on improving health,
health equity, and health care for Washtenaw's low-income, uninsured,
underinsured, and underrepresented populations.

WHI welcomes new Steering Committee members

Alex Plum, executive director of the Corner Health Center, and Steve Petty, CEO of 5 Healthy Towns, are the newest members of the WHI Steering Committee. They both bring important knowledge to the group.

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Home of New Vision opens new Recovery Wellness Center

On May 20, Home of New Vision opened a new Recovery Wellness Center, located in Ypsilanti. This new center, staffed by trained recovery coaches, serves as a drop-in hub for residents to get connected to resources and support for substance use recovery.

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Healthy Aging Collaborative housing kick-off meeting

On July 25th from 1-3 p.m. at Arbor Lakes Dome, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will hold their first meeting exploring their new focus area: housing. The collaborative event will include a presentation and follow-up discussion on gaps in the housing sector for Washtenaw County seniors.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact Erin Horne at [email protected].

Member Spotlight

Avalon Housing

Year founded: 1992


Mission: To build healthy, safe and inclusive supportive housing communities as a long-term solution to homelessness

Key focus area: Supportive housing



  • Housing Development: Owns and manages 29 supportive housing sites in Ann Arbor and Chelsea
  • Enhanced Property Management: Supporting residents with programs such as eviction prevention plans for at-risk tenants, weekly unit inspections, payment plans, goal setting, and action plans
  • Community Building: Supporting tenants by building positive relationships through community meetings, community-wide activities, and close coordination with Support Services team
  • Supportive Housing Services: Assisting with basic needs, helping maintain a healthy and safe household, advocating around parenting and child welfare issues, offering 24-7 on-call crisis response, and providing housing-based case management

Other services and programs:

  • Support with Healthcare: Providing residents with coordination of in-home primary medical care (with partner Packard Health), transportation to critical appointments, substance abuse and mental health services, and peer recovery support
  • Youth Development Programs: Helping with academic, social and emotional challenges for children and teens that have experienced homelessness

Executive Director: Aubrey Patiño

Address: 1327 Jones Drive Suite 102 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone: 734-663-5858 


Instagram: @avalonhousing

Twitter: @avalonhousing


LinkedIn: Avalon Housing

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News of Note

Behavioral health news

Psychiatric residents and fellows fill gaps in rural Michigan mental health care, Joanne Bailey-Boorsma, Second Wave Media

Community health workers bring mental health home, Rylee Barnsdale, Concentrate

Ypsilanti offers writing workshops as a path to mental wellness, Cathy Shafran and Rylee Barnsdale, WEMU

Chelsea Hospital to close in-patient behavioral health unit at the end of the year, Jenn Schanz, WXYZ Detroit

Youth news

Michigan programs aim to stop violence against youth before it happens, Estelle Slootmaker, Second Wave Media

Safe recreational facility for immunocompromised kids coming to Ypsi Township, Sarah Rigg, Concentrate

New Michigan Medicine program seeks to address adolescent and child health-care inequalities, Michigan Medicine

New WCC initiative will train 300 Ypsi high schoolers and adults for high-demand careers, Sarah Rigg, Second Wave Media

Planned maker space aims to engage youth in Ypsi Township's West Willow neighborhood, Rylee Barnsdale, Concentrate

Middle school students can now join virtual education program in Washtenaw County, Martin Slagter, MLive

Health care and other news

Packard Health to open medical

clinic in Ypsi Township's West

Willow neighborhood, Sarah Rigg, Concentrate

Washtenaw County Board of Health Urges Preventing and Reducing Tobacco Use, Washtenaw County Health Department

Anxious about using virtual care? There's support for that! Michigan Medicine

Council hopes a tax tweak will lure developers to build affordable housing, Trilby MacDonald, Ann Arbor Observer

Grant Opportunities

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is currently accepting applications for their Healthy Aging grant, given to organizations working to improve access to care, allow older Michigan residents to age in place, and increase support systems for older adults. Deadline: August 9, 2023

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is currently accepting applications for their Community Health Impact grant, given to organizations working to address community health challenges. Deadline: August 21, 2023

The Ann Arbor Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Dedicated Grant program, comprised of various grants with different funding priorities. Deadline: August 4, 2023.

The Ann Arbor Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Youth Council, which promotes philanthropy and service among students. Deadline: July 15, 2023.

Community Resources and Events

Ypsilanti’s Corner Health Center is launching two new programs: Fathers for Family, which offers education and support services to young fathers, and Stand Out!, a workshop series for parents of trans and non-binary youth. Read more.

The Washtenaw County cooling site list has been updated for 2023! Learn more.

Washtenaw Health Plan can help residents reapply for Medicaid coverage or navigate other insurance options if they become ineligible for Medicaid. Call them at 734-544-3030

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting Summer Health Days. Attend to learn about health department programs, play lawn games, listen to music, enjoy food for the whole family, and more. RSVP.

5 Healthy Towns is hosting multiple free yoga events over the summer. View the dates.

Home of New Vision and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can help you access free Naloxone to reverse overdoses. Read more.

Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple offers Recovery Dharma meetings every Sunday at noon, and a Mindful Transitions group—focused on aging, death, and dying—on the first Sunday of every month at 11:45 a.m. Read more.

From June 10 to August 27, ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free every Saturday and Sunday. Just show the driver your valid Ypsilanti District Library card or Ann Arbor District Library card when boarding the bus.

WHI calendar

Communications Committee

July 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHI Opioid Project

July 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Washtenaw County Healthy Aging Collaborative Housing Ad-Hoc meeting

July 25th @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Washtenaw County Healthy Aging Collaborative

Aug 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

WHI Stakeholders Meeting

Sept 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To receive event meeting invites, email whi-communications@umich. Please include which upcoming meeting you'd like to attend in the email.


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