NEWSLETTER | January 2022
A voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on improving health,
health equity, and health care for Washtenaw's low-income, uninsured,
underinsured, and underrepresented populations.
The investment plan follows the group’s recent needs assessment report, which outlined priority health issues for Washtenaw County. This marks the third time that Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea have collaborated on a joint needs assessment, maximizing the impact of their investments in community health.
The WHI launched in 2010 as local leaders prepared for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. However, what was originally seen as a six-month project has now reached its 10-year milestone. The timeline and website reflect on how WHI members have strengthened our county’s safety net, and improved the health of our most vulnerable citizens.
Vaccination is safe, effective, and free. The COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for everyone age 5 and up, while the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and up. And our health department is offering both at the same time. Take a look at our vaccine infographic and share with others.
Published by Concentrate, the story covers the WHI's history from 2011 to present. The article highlights how the work has evolved and expanded beyond the group's initial mission and features quotes from the WHI's Healthy Aging, Opioid, and Medicaid/Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment work group co-chairs and members.
Manchester Community Resource Center

Year founded: Late 1980s
Mission: To serve individuals and families in need by offering effective programs that improve their lives, promote volunteerism, and enhance the welfare of the Manchester community.
Key focus areas: Food assistance, MIBridges application assistance, computer lab/resume to help with job applications, WIC, financial literacy, and more.
Food Pantry: The food pantry stocks canned foods, produce, frozen vegetables/meat, and household supply items.
Job Help: The center has computers, a fax machine, copier and scanner, as well as resume assistance, and financial coaches. 
Services (cont):
WIC: The center provides special supplemental food and nutrition programs for women, infants, and children under age five.
Executive director: Laura Seyfried
Address: 710 East Main Street, Rooms 229 & 231, Manchester, MI 48158
Phone: (734) 428-7722
News of Note
Grant Opportunities
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
James R. & Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation. General Grant.
Anticipated deadline: Feb-Mar 2022
Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Community Health Impact.
Anticipated deadline: January 25, 2022
Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Behavioral Health Initiative.
Anticipated deadline: Spring 2022
Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles.
Anticipated deadline: Spring 2022
Anticipated deadline: Mid-July 2022
Deadline: Rolling
Community Resources
Flu vaccines are now widely available at area health care providers, pharmacies, and events. Visit for local options.

Winter overnight accommodations at the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) are in effect through April 1, 2022, pending weather conditions. Call 734-662-2829 or click here to learn more.

Michigan’s State of Health podcast discusses the myriad ways that COVID has exposed our state health system's flaws and resulted in positive change. Learn more.

SafeHaven™ ensures physicians and providers can seek confidential assistance and support for burnout, career fatigue, and mental health needs. Learn more.
Free help navigating health insurance options is available from MMOE group members. This year’s open enrollment period ends Jan 15, 2022. Contact the Washtenaw Health Plan at 734-544-3030 or
MiHIN is hosting virtual workshops about social determinants of health and cross-sector data exchange on January 18: Health Providers and January 25: Government and community development organizations.
Become certified in mental health first aid through a free virtual course, made possible by the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Millage. There are two upcoming opportunities: January 24 and February 25, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Learn more.
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..
COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County. Read.
Free rapid COVID testing added to drive-thru clinics in Washtenaw County. Read. 
WHI calendar
WHI Steering Committee
Cancelled to spend time finalizing 2022 priorities
January 14h @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
January 18th @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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