WASHTENAW COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
Legislative action & community outreach since 1827
COVID-19 Information

Beginning July 31, Governor Whitmer has amended the MI Safe Start Order to limit statewide indoor gatherings to 10 people, and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state.

COVID-19 statistics as of Wednesday, July 29:

Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Washtenaw County? Follow this link .
WCMS Virtual County-Wide COVID-19 Workgroup - Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 PM

Since March, WCMS has convened regular COVID-19 teleconferences to discuss resource allocation, emergency preparedness, and tracking and tracing among Washtenaw's health systems and physician leaders. The workgroup is led by University of Michigan infectious diseases specialist and WCMS Executive Council member Sandro Cinti, MD. The workgroup also receives updates and modeling data from University of Michigan Public Health epidemiologists Marisa Eisenberg, PhD, MS and Emily Martin, PhD, MPH via their MI Safe Start COVID-19 dashboard. To access recordings of past meetings, follow this link.

WCMS members are encouraged to join the next virtual meeting on August 6 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
Helplines for Physicians and Medical Students

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
The reactions to an unprecedented event like a pandemic are complicated. Stress can take many forms. If you have burnout feelings, irritability, excessive worrying or sadness, difficulty sleeping, feelings of inadequacy at work, numbness, or feeling alone, the  Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society can help. All sessions are completely confidential. No information can be disclosed without your permission. Your first virtual call or video visit will help you to map out inner and outer experience, and create a plan to address specific issues and concerns that were identified. T o make a private, confidential appointment or to   get more information , call (734) 677-1590. The Society will return calls within 24 hours to set up a first virtual appointment.

Physician Support Line
The Physician Support Line is a nation-wide service available for US physicians and medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The line offers free and confidential peer support telehealth by volunteer psychiatrists. The line is available without appointment from 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 7 days a week. To start, call (888) 409-0141. For more information, follow   this link .
Washtenaw County "Cannabis In Practice" Webinars

Mark your calendars for the newly launched "Cannabis in Practice" webinars for medical professionals hosted by the Washtenaw County Health Department and WCMS.

Rolling Dates : Six, 1 hour virtual lunch sessions, August-September 2020

More details and forthcoming. To sign-up for alerts, please click here . To see highlights and resources from the 2019 event,  please click here .
Michigan Small Business Restart Program Funding Available through August 5

Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to support small businesses in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. The Michigan Small Business Restart Program will provide funding to local economic development organizations, including Ann Arbor Spark in Washtenaw County, to provide grants to eligible small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses. 

The single, statewide application for businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees will be open from July 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM through August 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Applicants can apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds by demonstrating:
  • They are in an industry that has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency
  • They are in need of working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses
  • They have experienced an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency.

For more information, including how to apply, please click here .
Leadership Opportunities at WCMS

WCMS at the MSMS House of Delegates
The House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of MSMS. Resolutions are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Each year, physician and medical student members serve as delegates, review resolutions, testify in reference committees, and vote on important policy decisions. WCMS was allocated 16 delegate slots in 2020.

 The April 2020 meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. As of July 21, the Speaker has announced the following timeline:
  • Resolution Review Committee meets – Week of August 31, 2020
  • Post resolutions – September 14, 2020
  • Online testimony – Week of September 14, 2020
  • Reference Committee/s meet – Week of September 28, 2020
  • Online voting – Week of October 12, 2020
  • Post final report – October 26, 2020
To learn more, click here .

WCMS Executive Council
The Executive Council is the voting body that supervises the function and activities of WCMS. Council members determine annual events, legislative priorities, and community outreach directives. The Executive Council now meets virtually the first Thursday of each month.

WCMS Committees and Task Forces
Each committee meets approximately three-four times annually and members are simply asked to share a passion for the subject and interest in learning skills in the field.
  • Environmental/Climate Change Task Force
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Programming Committee

To learn more about these opportunities, please follow this link .
*Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of members, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.
The WCMS Office has resumed modified business operations. To schedule an appointment, or for questions, please contact the Society Office via email or call (734) 668-6241.