2022 Ingham Health Equity Council (HEC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted racial and ethnic minorities throughout Ingham County. There is significant work to be done to reduce disease transmission and infection in these populations. To address these disparities, Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) and Capital Area Health Alliance (CAHA) have been awarded a $400,000 grant to create a Health Equity Council (HEC) in Ingham County, made up of Ingham County residents and community organizations that are experienced in working with minority populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. HEC members are listed below.

The Council will fund 15 mini-grants, totaling $125,000, to support projects reducing COVID-19 disparities in impacted communities. Grants will expand capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 among high-risk and underserved populations. Grantees will implement their proposal objectives December 15, 2022 through May 31, 2023. Grant awardees are listed below.

“We are excited to support the HEC in building and strengthening the capacity of local communities to develop, adopt, and implement strategies to decrease the disparities associated with COVID-19 and other health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County Health Officer.

The HEC will focus on areas to reduce COVID-19 disparities such as identifying and overcoming barriers in prevention, providing resources, and addressing social determinants of health (e.g., low income, food insecurity, access to primary care), and trust-building efforts aimed at minority population groups at higher risk of contracting – and dying from – COVID-19.

“This one-of-a-kind project will allow our community to address the adverse effects of social determinants of health through a measured and collaborative effort, ensuring 'resident voice' is heard throughout the entire process,” said Jason Blanks, CAHA Executive Director.

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Application Information

The deadlines for HEC membership and mini-grant applications has passed; see awardees below. For more information, visit the ICHD Health Equity and Social Justice website.

Health Equity Council Members

Erika Brown Binion (resident) 
Andrea Collier (resident)
Gwen Coney (resident)
Carlton Evans (North Star Alliance Justice)
Kayla Gomez (resident)
Elaine Hardy (resident) 
Sean Holland (One Love Global)
Afaf Humayun (Rising Voices)
George Mansour (Lansing Latino Health Alliance)
Isabel Montemayor-Vazquez (Refugee Development Center)
Amit Sachdev, MD (resident)
Adam Williams (MissionsFilled)

Mini-Grant Awardees

Became Brave
Cristo Rey Community Center
DAP Services & Resources
ECAC Lansing
Health Numeric
Ingham Health Plan Corporation
Lansing School District
Loaves and Fishes
New Citizens Press
Next Generation Lactation Service
North Star Birthing Services
One Love Global
The Firecracker Foundation
Women's Center of Greater Lansing
YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing