Portable Population Health is a model developed by Wayne State University (WSU) in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).

The model was initially created to support “drive-to” testing for COVID-19 in vulnerable communities throughout Greater Detroit. Dr. Phil Levy, Professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the visionary behind this model, quickly identified opportunity to support community residents beyond the scope of COVID-19 testing.

Wayne State University has engaged the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), an NRHI member, Ralph Wilson Foundation, United Way, and numerous community-based organizations to bring not only testing, but additional screenings and non-clinical services to communities to support whole person care.

Since WSU’s program launch on April 13th more than 14,500 people have been tested in total at more than 100 community testing sites. Demonstrating the potential for expanded reach, between May 28 and August 6, 121 of those tested requested social support, 57% of whom were successfully linked to services.

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is working closely with WSU, GDAHC, Ford, and CORE to support scale within and beyond Michigan through the Reinventing Care Delivery with Community Members and Partners Initiative.

"We see this as really important way to build up the resiliency of the community, not just by virtue of COVID testing but by addressing all the fundamental other issues that really contribute to adverse outcomes.”
Phil Levy, MD
Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Lead Partners

Pilot Site

Southeast Michigan, MI

Supported by

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Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties

Detroit is the “the poorest, least employed and most poverty-stricken place in the nation.” (Kolmar, Chris. “The 10 poorest cities in America for 2020”) 

Extension Site

Fingerlake Region, NY

Supported by


Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario,Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates Counties

In the Finger Lakes Region in upstate NY, racial and ethnic minorities, urban, and rural residents are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. In Monroe County alone, Blacks and Latinx are hospitalized at rates 5x and 3x greater, and mortality rates double the rate for white residents.

Coalition Partners