Institute of Population Health Takes Over Wellness Initiatives in Detroit
Some parts of the country are better apt to focus on health and wellness than others. Unfortunately, there is a strong relationship between the resources that a city or town can allocate to promoting health and wellness, and the health outcomes that it is able to achieve. The general socioeconomic status of the people that inhabit a given city or town also relates to the resources that it has for health and wellness promotion, along with the access that the people have to quality healthcare.
The city of Detroit has fallen on hard times in the twenty-first century. After the decline of the United States auto industry in the mid 2000’s, and the financial trouble that every part of the country would experience during this time, Detroit found itself in an extremely compromising position economically. This has led to drastically deteriorating health status of the city’s population, and there is not much that the city has been able to do.
While the city ended up fighting overall bankruptcy in the years since 2012, the Institute for Population Health took over Detroit’s main healthcare services. The organization was able to assume responsibility of providing quality healthcare to the citizens of Detroit, while city officials figured out a solution to the city’s significant financial problems.
With a ton of resources allocated to Detroit’s Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, the Institute of Population Health was able to turn things around for the city and ensure that its residents were getting the help they needed.
As of July 31st, 2015, the Institute of Population Health has turned over control back to the city of Detroit, and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion is now slated to continue providing services to the population. It is hoped that the agency will continue to succeed and improve the overall quality of life for all citizens of the city.
Current data shows that the Institute of Population Health was able to provide healthcare for 103% more Detroit citizens while using just one tenth of the amount of resources allocated in the previous budget. The collaboration between the Institute of Population Health and the city of Detroit is just one example of how organizations with expertise and experience can help improve the health and wellness on quite a large scale.