New Health Equity Project aims to significantly reduce health disparities for vulnerable residents in five Michigan counties – University of Michigan Health | Kara Gavin
MiHIN plays key role in new Health Equity Project
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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pledged to provide a $9 million Medicaid match to launch a new Health Equity Project in five Michigan counties.
The Health Equity Project aims to help these counties reduce health disparities associated with pressing social needs such as housing instability, food insecurity, transportation, health system complexity, and other socioeconomic factors by:
supporting efforts to connect people from historically disadvantaged populations to needed social services,
sharing data between relevant health and social service providers to facilitate improved care,
providing population-based data and informatics to analysts, stakeholders, and policymakers, and
better engaging with, and reflecting on the views of, community members with lived experience.
Core partners in the Health Equity Project include:
the Michigan Data Collaborative(link is external) (MDC), a data collection, aggregation, and reporting organization at the University of Michigan, which will collect data from a variety of sources and deliver population-based reports;
Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services, says the organization is pleased “to support the data and interoperability infrastructure for the health equity initiative and to ensure that the data is accessible to those who care for participating patients.”