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2013 Annual Report


Washtenaw County Public Health's most recent annual report is now available.

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We are pleased to provide our annual report to residents and guests: Washtenaw County Public Health’s 2013 Annual Report.

This past year brought significant leadership changes. In December 2013, Health Officer and Environmental Health Director Richard Fleece retired. The Board of Commissioners appointed Ellen Rabinowitz, MUP, Acting Health Officer. Kristen Schweighoefer, MPH, RS, accepted the role of Environmental Health Director. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles.

2013 Highlights

  • Our countywide partnership, called the Health Improvement Plan, published “Building a Healthier Washtenaw: Community Health Assessment and Community Improvement Plan” in September 2013.
  • We moved forward with plans for a community dental clinic serving residents who have Medicaid or who are without insurance and low income.
  • Nearly 200 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, were identified in our community in 2013. Our Public Health Nurses worked closely with diagnosed individuals and their contacts to make recommendations for treatment and prevention of this highly contagious disease. Their work reinforces the importance of early detection, vaccination, basic prevention and education to control serious illnesses in our community.
  • We solidified our commitment to continuous improvement by applying for National Public Health Accreditation in October 2013.
  • In September, we were fully accredited by the State Accreditation Review Board. The independent auditors praised multiple programs and staff for their superior work.
  • Throughout the year, we celebrated public health achievements by honoring the organizations and leaders that are actively supporting health in our community. Annual recognition programs include the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards, Healthy Workplace Awards, Environmental Excellence Awards and Waste Knot Awards. Congratulations to winners past and present for the strides they are taking to make Washtenaw County a truly healthy place to live, work, learn and play.

We welcome your input on these activities or any of our work. You can reach the main Washtenaw County Public Health office at 734-544-6700, or our Environmental Health Division at 734-222-3800.

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