About Authority Health

Our
History

April 2003

Governor Granholm convenes a Healthcare Stabilization Taskforce, a group that eventually comprises more than 90 stakeholders. They were tasked with studying the local healthcare crisis and issuing a report with recommendations.

July 2003

Taskforce issued its report: Strengthening the Safety Net for Detroit & Wayne County; which included the recommendation to form a health authority for the purpose of preserving the healthcare safety net.

June 2004

Interlocal agreement is signed, by the Detroit City Council, the Wayne County Commission and the of State of Michigan Department of Community Health and officially approve the Interlocal Agreement; thus creating the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority.

August 2004

A 9-member board is appointed to govern the Health Authority.

February 2005

Executive Director/CEO is appointed along with two 25-member advisory Committees.

July 2005

Hiring of Detroit Wayne County Health Authority staff completed. First strategic work plan developed and approved by the Board of Directors.

Key Milestones

  1. Contracts were established with over 30 health systems statewide to provide Medicaid enrollment.

  2. Facilitated a taskforce of east side stakeholders from the Primary Care Network Council. Resulted in the publication of a series of recommendations to preserve essential health services on Detroit’s east side.

  3. Developed Michigan’s 1st web-based Medicaid enrollment service, “HelpEngen.”

  4. Board and key stakeholders meet to outline a New Path Forward Strategic Plan at Ford Field.

  5. Received HRSA Award for 5 primary care residency programs and 1 fellowship in geriatrics.

  6. Received grant from Kellogg Foundation to implement a Population Health Fellowship.

  7. Received grant from MDHHS to implement a Nurse Family Partnership Program for first-time mothers.

  8. Hiring of Authority Health new CEO. Development and board approval of a new strategic plan which expanded provision of clinical services.

  9. Began operating Popoff Family Health Center on Detroit’s east side.

  10. Received MDHHS planning grant to build and operate a Child and Adolescent Health Center at Hope Academy in Detroit.

Employee
Values

Trust & Respect

High Integrity

Ethical Behavior

Communication

Authority Health Leadership

Loretta V. Bush

Loretta V. Bush

President and Chief Executive Officer

Janette Davis

Janette Davis

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Archambault

Dennis Archambault

Vice President of Public Affairs

Patricia White

Patricia White

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Brandi Lagodzinski

Brandi Lagodzinski

Executive Assistant

Ernie Yoder, M.D., PhD

Ernie Yoder, M.D., PhD

Medical Direct/Director of Medical Education

Carolyn Custer, DO

Carolyn Custer, DO

Director, Quality and Community Medicine

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson

Director of Human Resources

Authority Health Board

Tim Killeen

Tim Killeen

Chairman

Wayne County Commissioner (District 1)

Alice G. Thompson

Alice G. Thompson

1st Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer of Black Family Development

Geneva Williams, Ph.D.

Geneva Williams, Ph.D.

Secretary

Chief Executive Officer of Dr. Geneva Speaks

Denise Brooks-Williams

Denise Brooks-Williams

Treasurer

Henry Ford Health System Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer North Market

Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones

Member

Detroit City Council President

Krystle Woods Hollier, Ph.D., L.P.

Krystle Woods Hollier, Ph.D., L.P.

Member

Clinical Psychologist with The Wellness Plan

Zenna Faraj Elhasan

Zenna Faraj Elhasan

Member

Counsel for The Kresge Foundation

Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton

Member

Retired from The Skillman Foundation, Principal with Motivate Detroit

Denise Fair

Denise Fair

Member

Chief Public Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department