Created in 1997 as Community Health Services, Community Programs and Services aligns community initiatives across the Health System through program coordination, strategic planning and resource allocation. Today, we support and run several programs that create healthy communities, including Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, the Housing Bureau for Seniors, Interpreter Services, the Program for Multicultural Health, Patient & Visitor Hotel Accommodations, the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, the Adolescent Health Initiative, the Comprehensive Gender Services Program, the FRIENDS Gift Shops, and Volunteer Services.
By participating with local and state partners, Community Programs and Services capitalizes on the University of Michigan Health System's resources and expertise to improve the health and the quality of life in the communities we serve.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 mandated new IRS requirements for hospitals, to help identify and address community health needs.
In 2015-2016, for the first time, all nonprofit hospitals in Washtenaw County, Michigan collaborated to conduct a single Community Health Needs Assessment for the shared geographic region of Washtenaw County. The hospitals, Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and the University of Michigan Health System, conducted a collaborative community health data collection and assessment process in partnership with Washtenaw County Public Health and area health coalitions; the process was facilitated by the Washtenaw Health Initiative.
The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated every fall. The annual partnership between UMHS Community Programs and Services, the Program for Multicultural Health, Interpreter Services, UM School of Nursing, the UM School of Public Health, and the UM College of Pharmacy - called Michigan Community and Interprofessional Practice Training (M-CIPT) - provides free flu vaccines to high risk community members (uninsured, underinsured, individuals with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung and heart disease, pregnant women, people age 65+, and anyone living with or caring for other high risk individuals. Annual Community Flu Shot Clinics are held at the following locations and no pre-registration is required:
2017 Community Flu & Wellness Clinics:
Please check back in August, 2017 for more information.
Questions? Want more information? Contact Tammara Smith at (734) 998-2156.
Please check back in the fall of 2017 for more information.