1. The Opioid & Substance Use Disorder Virtual Summit is on November 12 & 13

    Mark Rivett posted November 10, 2020

    Please join GDAHC and DWIHN for the 5th Annual Opioid and Substance Use Disorder *VIRTUAL* Summit taking place over two engaging half days on November 12 & 13.

    Registration closes tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11 at noon!

    Summit Spotlight

    Updates from the State of Michigan

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer

    Allen Jansen, Senior Deputy Director, Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, MDHHS

    Featuring a special address from Governor Gretchen Whitmer!

    As opioid overdoses continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to come together, collaborate to create innovative and equitable solutions, and support each other is more pressing than ever. We are elated to announce that this year’s summit will feature a special address to attendees by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, serving as a reminder of their necessity and as a call to action.

    In addition to hearing from Governor Whitmer, attendees will also hear from MDHHS’s Senior Deputy Director for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Allen Jansen. During his presentation, Jansen will provide critical updates and strategic priorities for addressing the opioid crisis and substance use disorders across the state.


  2. Voting counts: How U-M grad students answered the question ‘Did you get my ballot?’

    Mark Rivett posted October 28, 2020

    Read Full Story on Michigan Impact: This is Michigan

    It’s the first presidential election since Michigan voters approved a 2018 proposal to vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason. Add in the coronavirus pandemic, and there’s been a huge increase in ballot requests, inundating clerk’s offices as they work long hours to keep up. A lot of their time is spent answering phone calls from voters wanting to know if their ballot has been sent or received by the clerk.

    Part of the Citizen Design Interaction program, students worked with the Secretary of State’s office. As the team interviewed some of the 1,500 township and city clerks across Michigan, they kept hearing the resource challenges offices faced with extraordinarily high demand for mail-in ballots.

    Using a process pioneered by Nick Sexton and Steve Gerhart from the city of Ann Arbor, the team worked with municipal IT departments to create and pilot an automated email notification system. As clerks update information in the statewide Qualified Voter File about ballot status, emails are automatically sent to voters in those cities and townships.

    Read Full Story on Michigan Impact: This is Michigan


  3. Ann Arbor City Clerk opens satellite office in Collaboration with University of Michigan Museum of Art

    Mark Rivett posted September 24, 2020

    In the first two days, the satellite office has processed over 400 voter registrations.

    Read article on Michigan Daily

    Read more at UMMA Vote 2020

    Read article on Click On Detroit

    In the lead up to the 2020 US Presidential Election and beyond, The University of Michigan Art Museum (UMMA) is handing over space and resources in the name of civic duty and engagement. Working closely with partners on several projects, UMMA is turning an art museum into an election hub.

    Christina Olsen, Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

    “Art museums, and campus art museums especially, are uniquely positioned to drive national dialogue around the issues that matter most in the world today,” said UMMA Director Christina Olsen. “We’ve been working to make good on that potential all year and we are excited to work with these partners to offer our space to the city of Ann Arbor to transform the museum into a true election hub and powerful site for democracy.”

    Most noticeably, this will take the form of converting the Museum’s street-facing glass-walled Stenn gallery into a satellite Ann Arbor City Clerk’s office. U-M Students, Faculty, and Staff will be able to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote early at UMMA every weekday between Sept. 24 and election day. The office also makes the work of administering the election and managing voter rolls and absentee ballots a publicly visible, transparent undertaking.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visited the site on Tuesday, September 22nd.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    “City clerks are stepping up this year to develop important partnerships with community leaders and grassroots organizations all around the state to make voting accessible and secure, ensuring that every vote is counted and every voice is heard,” Benson said.

    Satellite office hours

    • Sept. 22-Oct. 23: Weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
      (with voter registration only for the first two days until absentee voting begins Sept. 24)
    • Oct. 24-Nov. 1: Weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Nov. 2: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Nov. 3: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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