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File #: 22-1025    Version: 1 Name: 6/21/22 Resolution Authorizing Membership in Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI)
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/21/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/21/2022 Final action: 6/21/2022
Enactment date: 6/21/2022 Enactment #: R-22-195
Title: Resolution Authorizing Membership in and Commitment to Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Charter 2022 Statement of Commitment ($10,000.00)
Attachments: 1. WHI Snapshot - 2021.pdf, 2. WHI Operational Principles - 2022-2026.pdf, 3. WHI Membership Charter 2022-2026.pdf, 4. WHI Structure Chart.pdf
Title
Resolution Authorizing Membership in and Commitment to Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Charter 2022 Statement of Commitment ($10,000.00)
Staff
Prepared by: Milton Dohoney Jr., City Administrator
Reviewed by: Michelle Landis, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Approved by: Milton Dohoney Jr., City Administrator
Body
Whereas, The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) is a voluntary, county-wide collaboration of local leaders focused on improving health and healthcare in Washtenaw County with an emphasis on the low income, uninsured, and underinsured populations. The WHI brings together organizations to generate innovative ideas to improve health and healthcare in the county, identify and share information on gaps and opportunities, and coordinate and leverage resources;

Whereas, The Initiative's recent successes include 1) declaring race equity as a significant focus in the work of the WHI, it's working groups, and it's special projects, 2) facilitating a joint community health needs assessment (CHNA) and investment implementation plan between Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea, 3) developing a Community Engagement plan to build stronger relationships with community based organizations and community residents, 4) began the process of incorporating voices of lived-experience as "Community Ambassadors" on the WHI's Steering Committee;

Whereas, There are an estimated 2,749 Ann Arbor City residents eligible for Medicaid or the Healthy Michigan Plan but not enrolled;

Whereas, There are an estimated 828 Ann Arbor City residents eligible for tax credits to purchase coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace but not enrolled;

Whereas, Pursuing voluntary charter membership in the WHI is closely related to previous City efforts;

Whereas, It is advantageous for the City to become a voluntary member at this time to participate with a group on the forefront of recognizing and attempting to address current gaps that exis...

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