1. Improving Health and Strengthening Communities

    January 13, 2017

    Doctor and patient in living room

    This project is focused on developing a new model for employing community health workers to serve the Detroit Cody-Rouge neighborhood to significantly improve the physical and economic well-being of its residents.

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    Health and poverty are inextricably linked. Health problems interfere with work and education, and poverty exacerbates health problems, producing a cycle of negative influence that maintains both poverty and ill-health. An effective approach to improve health is thru community-based health workers, recruited from and working in their home neighborhoods. Such positions also provide jobs within those same neighborhoods, and so they lower costs for health care and insurance providers, improve health outcomes for community members, and increase economic attainment along multiple dimensions, in a positive cycle that works against poverty.

    This project will develop a new model for employing community health workers to serve the Detroit Cody-Rouge neighborhood. It will involve a unique partnership between investigators from U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Detroit Health Department, health systems, community development organizations, and Medicaid health plans. This unique model has the potential to be the largest infusion of CHW into a community from an allied network of health care providers and to significantly improve the physical and economic well-being of residents in Detroit.

    Michele Heisler, U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation
    David J. Law, Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation
    Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Detroit Health Department