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Health Disparities

Listed below are strategies that work to decrease health disparities in our county:

Casa Latina

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).

Disparities Index

Working with local partners, Washtenaw County Public Health examined models and indicators for measuring progress on health equity. The partnership selected a small set of indicators that are meaningful and easy to understand: Click here to view Indicators. For more information, contact Adreanne Waller at or (734) 544-3057.


For more local data on health disparities, visit our Health Improvement Plan (HIP) of Washtenaw County page.

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