LANSING–As the Director of Community Health Initiatives at Packard Health, Rebecca Fleming plays a vital role in protecting and improving the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations in Washtenaw County through culturally competent means. Rebecca focuses on providing patient outreach, chronic disease management, care coordination, and health promotion.
In addition to overseeing the Community Health Workers and Outreach Nurses, she is a site supervisor for the MPCA HealthCorps AmeriCorps program. The MPCA HealthCorps AmeriCorps program helps connect low income and medically underserved populations to primary health care through patient engagement activities. The goal of the program is to increase access to health care services through preventive care and chronic disease management, assisting Medicaid members in maximizing their health plan benefits, and addressing social determinants of health by eliminating barriers to care.
“We are so fortunate to have been chosen as a host site,” said Rebecca, who has been selected Michigan’s AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month. “Our AmeriCorps volunteers have brought such passion and commitment to the Packard team and our community. We’re super grateful and excited to continue this fantastic partnership!”
Rebecca exhibits many qualities that make her an exceptional site supervisor. She meets weekly with AmeriCorps members to exchange insights, gain clarity, and find solutions to any volunteer requests and needs. These meetings are her way to serve her team, which is exemplary through her actions. She also offers positive feedback and helps AmeriCorps members feel like valued members of the healthcare team at Packard Health. Rebecca aims to improve lives and strengthen communities in Washtenaw County through her work.
“Rebecca is my inspiration to pursue a dual master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health education and social work, focusing on Integrated Health with Medically Underserved Populations,” stated AmeriCorps member Wolfgang Bahr. “Overall, Rebecca has been at the forefront of Packard’s initiatives of helping people tackle the most significant barriers preventing them from receiving equitable healthcare. She has helped lead the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by engaging in intensive vaccine outreach alongside local partners. Her passion for the community has ignited my ambition to pursue a career in community change.”
Learn more about the MPCA HealthCorps AmeriCorps program and other Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.
–Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity