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.
Fingerlake Region, NY
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.
- Wayne State University, ACCESS, Ford Coalition expands mobile COVID-19 testing; effort tests more than 10,000
- Ford, Wayne State University, ACCESS launch first mobile COVID-19 testing for Michigan first responders
- Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) and Wayne State University on Working on the Ground during COVID-19 webinar as part of NRHI’s Collaboratives in Action: Responding to Covid-19
- NRHI and Qualidigm Publish Findings of Phase I of Off-Site Testing Project in Peer-Reviewed “Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation”
- Considerations for COVID-19 Off-Site Testing
- Meet Communities Where They Are: COVID-19 Testing for Vulnerable Populations