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   Washtenaw County Health Department End-of-Year Medical Director Report 2019
2019 has been a year that has seen many changes for the Washtenaw County
Health Department (WCHD). Transitions include the appointment of Jimena Loveluck as Health Officer, Ruth Kraut as Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Juan Luis Marquez as Medical Director, Dr. Jeremy Lepedis as Executive Director of the Washtenaw Health Plan, and Dr. Allecia Wilson as Medical Examiner.
Managing communicable disease is an important part of the work done by the WCHD. Notable events this year in Washtenaw County include a large outbreak of adenovirus on a local university campus, an international traveler who was diagnosed with measles (this was
not epidemiologically linked to the larger Michigan outbreak in the Spring), a cluster of cryptosporidiosis cases with possible exposures at a university pool and local community pools, and multiple cases of electronic cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI). We
also continue to see high numbers of pertussis cases especially in school aged children and adolescents. Additionally, we are seeing higher number of legionellosis cases both in the community and healthcare setting. Control of vector borne illnesses also continues to be important. Washtenaw County is a county with known risk for Lyme disease and there continues to be an increasing number of Lyme disease cases reported. Although
there were no human or animal cases of Eastern Equine
Encephalitis reported in Washtenaw County, small portion of northern Washtenaw County was treated in October due to a confirmed animal case in neighboring Livingston County.
Prevention of opioid overdoses and deaths continue to be a priority for the Washtenaw County community. There were 20% fewer opioid related poisonings from January through September of 2019 compared to the same time period in 2018. This includes a 25% reduction in deaths. WCHD continues to be involved with efforts such as the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project which engages community partners to meet regularly, share resources, and plan a yearly summit.
There were several successful efforts at WCHD.
These included the building of a new play space at the health department (Including interactive sidewalks and play equipment created through the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge), hosting of a very well attended block party to promote the new play space, and the launching of a new website, www.healthforallwashtenaw. org, that contains interactive data on hundreds of factors related to community health.
Finally, given the changes in funding to Title X resulting in potential lack of access to reproductive health services, WCHD is currently engaged in efforts to become a Title
X provider.
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 Washtenaw County Medical Society BULLETIN • 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW
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