Head of Michigan health tour focuses on access to care

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director (MDHHS) Elizabeth Hertel and other members of the department’s leadership team visited parts of the Upper Peninsula this week to focus on access to health care and to connect with local MDHHS office staff.

Hertel visited local health systems UP Health in Marquette and MyMichigan Medical Center Sault in Sault Ste. Marie to discuss regional needs including inpatient psychiatry units. Hertel also met with Bay Mills Indian Community President Whitney Gravelle and her health center staff to discuss access to health care and health care options for Bay Mills citizens and surrounding community members.

“Health care looks different in each area of the state, and we are committed to meeting the localized needs of each region,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director. “From providing culturally appropriate care to tribal partners to compassionately meeting the unique mental health care needs of vulnerable residents, these visits ensure we are hearing the voices of our local partners and communities.” 

Hertel also visited the Marquette and Chippewa county local offices to meet with MDHHS staff and learn more about the services they provide to Upper Peninsula residents in need of assistance.

Hertel will continue to meet with partners and local service providers across the state to ensure regional opportunities are explored and the unique health care needs of different areas of our state are met.

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