Multiple organizations, individuals leaders and community members are working to improve health equity in Washtenaw County. A few examples are below:
Latinos in Washtenaw County reflect a diversity of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. A group of partners engaged the Latino community to determine what services exist for Latinos in need; they found disparate services and many gaps. The group established Casa Latina as a home for information and resources for the Latino community. Visit the Casa Latina web site.
Community Health Workers
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. (American Public Health Association, 2009).
Community Health Workers are a critical component of the Prescription for Health program. Find out more about how CHWs are working in Michigan’s health and human services systems through the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA).
The Office of Community and Economic Development has taken the lead on developing an "opportunity index" for the county. Washtenaw County Public Health is one of multiple partners actively engaged in this work. Please visit http://www.opportunitywashtenaw.org/ to see more.
For more local data on health disparities, visit our Health Improvement Plan (HIP) of Washtenaw County page.