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Leadership Letter

The relationship we have with our community is a long and rich one; indeed, Taking Care of Our Own is one of the University of Michigan Health System’s strategic principles. We have a deep commitment to improving community health through greater awareness and disease prevention programs that address local and state health indicators.

Numerous faculty and staff are actively involved in projects that cover tremendous ground in the community, both literally and figuratively. UMHS provides programs and volunteers who are dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for those in need, from delivering meals to the elderly and disabled through Motor Meals, to providing school-based health services through the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.

Of course, the greatest success comes when we combine resources and collaborate with others. We are fortunate to have strong partners in caring for the community, including the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor Youth Services Task Force, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Washtenaw County Public Health Department, and the Washtenaw County Blueprint on Aging. In addition, we are proud to work with other area hospitals, local businesses, community-based organizations, religious institutions and community residents in the Community Health Committee, which oversees the Washtenaw County’s Health Improvement Plan.

Our commitment to health care extends beyond our own Health System’s borders. Through our outreach efforts and collaboration with community organizations, we are dedicated to improving community health and serving the greater good.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs

Doug Strong
Chief Executive Officer, UMHHC
James O. Woolliscroft, M.D.
Dean, U-M Medical School