Michigan Medicine's Department of Community Health Services (CHS) has awarded $7.2 million to 26 community-based projects that aim to address the root of the health inequities facing Washtenaw County residents. These awards will support projects focused on innovation and/or strenthening programs, policies, and other interventions within Washtenaw County that target health equity and the social determinants of health (education, poverty, housing, transportation, etc.), which are responsible for the stark disparities in health outcomes.

The Affordable Care Act requires tax-exempt hospitals to publish a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Plan (IP) every 3 years. U-M's 2016-2019 CHNA identified mental health, substance use disorders, obesity and related illnesses, and pre-conceptual and perinatal health as Washtenaw County's most pressing needs. For its IP strategy, U-M and CHS believed that in order address these health inequities, a focus on upstream interventions was imperative. To implement its strategy, at the end of December 2017, CHS solicited proposals from community-based 501(c)(3) organizations and U-M schools that do work in the community, that focused on education, poverty, housing, transportation, and other factors that make up the environment of the community in which one lives. Awards were then finalized by the summer of 2018.

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