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Posted on: October 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Washtenaw County Health Department Seeks Community Members for New Health Equity Council

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El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Washtenaw busca miembros de la comunidad para afiliarse al Nuevo Consejo de Equidad en Salud

Washtenaw County Health Department is seeking community members to join a new Health Equity Council. Council members will work with Health Department staff and local community organizations (Mexiquenses en Michigan, Second Baptist Church, Educate Youth Ypsi, and Community Family Life Center) to work towards reducing COVID-19-related health disparities in Washtenaw County.

“Working together with local partners and community members has been essential in all aspects of our pandemic response,” said Jimena Loveluck, MSW, Washtenaw County health officer. “There is still work to be done to promote equity and prevent further harm, as COVID-19 and other health issues continue to disproportionally impact racial and ethnic minorities in our county. We encourage those who are passionate about improving health for all in Washtenaw to apply to join the Health Equity Council.”

The Council will focus on areas to reduce COVID-19 disparities such as identifying and overcoming barriers in prevention, providing resources, and addressing social determinants of health (e.g., low income, food insecurity, access to primary care). This work will prioritize neighborhoods and groups who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, including the 48197 and 48198 zip codes, African Americans, Latinx community members, lower-income households, and people who experience other barriers to health resources.

Council goals will include identifying strategies to meet community needs and granting funds to community organizations to reduce and eliminate COVID-19 and other health inequities in Washtenaw County. The Council will meet in the early evenings once or twice a month from November 2022 through May 2023.

To apply, fill out this form by October 30: Health Equity Council is seeking a total of 3 community members. Members will be financially compensated for their time. Ideal applicants are members of local communities or live in geographic areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Council is part of a $500,000 grant the Health Department received to address the underlying factors contributing to local health inequities. Grant funding is provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Office of Equity and Minority Health in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute.

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