West side coalition ramps up.
In 2019, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, Michigan Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, began to discuss the community’s approach to mental health. Together, they launched One Big Thing, an initiative that aims to increase mental health and well-being and prevent mental health crises and substance dependence.
In 2022, the collaborative established three action committees focused on 1) social isolation and sense of purpose, 2) health-related social needs, and 3) alcohol and other drugs.
While One Big Thing is led by 5 Healthy Towns and other community partners, Washtenaw County's millage initiatives program administrator is deeply involved in this work, leading one of the three action committees and convening community members.