Addressing the Critical Needs of Washtenaw County: Mental Health, Access to Care, and Healthy Food

Top Priorities Identified in Washtenaw County’s Community Health Assessment

Washtenaw County has recently completed its first Community Health Assessment since the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment was aimed at gathering data on community health needs that will help guide the county and its health partners. According to Dayna Brimley, a Community Health Analyst with the Washtenaw County Health Department, the assessment identified three top health priorities for the community: mental health, access to healthcare, and access to healthy food. Both data and community input indicated these as the most critical needs in Washtenaw at the moment.

In response to these findings, the county health department intends to collaborate with community members to develop actionable steps to address these top priorities. Brimley emphasized the importance of involving the community in this process to ensure that nothing is done in isolation. This partnership with the community will be vital as the department works on defining specific action items and goals with county partners and community members throughout the remainder of 2027.

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