Wayne Health continues to promote health equity in Detroit
February 11, 2022
Wayne Health has a longstanding commitment to the people of Detroit. At the onset of the pandemic, the issue of access to affordable health care was brought into the spotlight and WH launched the Wayne Health Mobile Unit. We were the first in Detroit to provide free and accessible COVID-19 testing without needing a prescription or appointment, and later the first to provide mobile COVID-19 vaccination opportunities.
Our partnerships with churches, schools, nonprofits, businesses and similar organizations make bringing care directly into communities possible. Two years later, we continue to innovate and offer more health care and social services to our community. The WHMU represents the future of healthcare, providing ‘care your way, where you live and work,’ with the long-term goal of improving the overall health and wellness of Metro Detroiters.
Since March 2020, we have been able to:
- Provide over 72,000 patient visits
- Administer over 46,000 COVID-19 tests
- Vaccinate over 14,000 people
- Link 2525 individuals with social services
- Screen more than 3,000 people for high blood pressure and more than 4,000 for diabetes, chronic kidney disease and high cholesterol
- Refer 82 people to primary care providers
Wayne Health’s commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve goes beyond pandemic health services. This commitment is being achieved through our Center for Population Health Accountability (CPHA) at 400 Mack Ave. in Midtown Detroit. While traditional health care focuses on improving outcomes for “high-risk/high-cost” patients, the CPHA emphasizes earlier intervention focusing on “at-risk” and “rising risk” populations through screenings and preventive care. Our goal is to avoid the development of future debilitating and costly health conditions. Through community outreach partnerships and events, the CPHA also prioritizes care close to home, both in conventional health care settings, and non-traditional community locations, such as neighborhood pharmacies, barber and beauty shops, schools, outreach events, mobile units and telehealth.
Visit our Wayne Health Mobile Unit page for more information.