The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) has served as Southeast Michigan's premier health care collaborative for over 75 years. As a neutral convener, GDAHC provides the unique opportunity for organizations, community members, and individuals to come together to solve the toughest issues facing our region. It is through strong leadership, facilitation, and management that we can lead innovative and transformative programs that affect nearly every person in Southeast Michigan.
While some of our programs are funded through grants and partnerships with foundations, other critical programming lacks this support. Often, these are the programs that our community needs the most. This includes addressing the increasing rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases, the opioid and addiction crisis, and simply ensuring that patients have access to high-quality, affordable primary care services.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our beautiful community in ways previously unimagined. Like others, GDAHC has had to postpone events that would typically help fund some of our most vital programs. To help us all encourage people to be healthy and create healthy communities, we ask for your support to ensure that these programs can continue to improve lives. Despite this unprecedented event, the work must go on, and you can help make sure that happens.
The Southeast Michigan Alliance for Addiction-Free Communities (SEMAAC) continues to bring together health plans, hospitals, non-profits, and prevention and treatment specialists to provide equitable solutions to the opioid crisis. From coordinating efforts, developing strategies to reduce stigma around Substance Use Disorders, and reducing barriers to recovery, this collaborative effort is particularly essential in this time as many providers have had to shift their services and many are going without help. Donating to GDAHC will guarantee that SEMAAC can continue to serve those in our community struggling with addiction and that the annual opioid and Substance Use Disorder summit can continue.
The Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative (SEMI-HC) brings together the often-divided hospital systems to address pre-diabetes. Michigan has 2.5 million people living with pre-diabetes, but the numbers are higher as 8 in 10 do not know they are pre-diabetic. At its core, the SEMI-HC is all about preventing type 2 diabetes. If left unchecked, type 2 diabetes can be physically and financially devastating. This vital program helps pre-diabetics reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through simple lifestyle and behavioral changes. Given that the effects of COVID-19 are worse among diabetics, the work of the SEMI-HC has never been more needed.
Find MI Care is GDAHC's signature smartphone app and website. This free service was designed to help people find affordable, quality care close to home. It is used by patients, providers, care organizations, and community- based organizations to connect to needed services and resources. At this time, connecting individuals and communities to essential health care services has never been more important. Your donation safeguards that Find MI Care can continue to be provided to the community at no cost.
Seeing a pressing need to address the needs of physicians, GDAHC convened the region's physician organizations to form the PO Connection. This group of dedicated partners works to correct the challenges faced by physicians in our community today. With many primary care practices currently facing bankruptcy and other problems due to COVID-19, we must continue to fight for our providers as their ability to deliver care directly impacts our health and the health of our community. Supporting GDAHC means supporting our community's most basic healthcare needs.
Great change cannot be done alone. GDAHC's work is centered on the power of the many. We know that to make a difference, we must leverage the strengths of each organization. Our work breaks down silos to make a collective impact on the community. In this difficult time, we need your help to continue to grow our vision of "Healthy people. Healthy community. Healthy economy."