Joneigh Khaldun

Michigan medical chief outlines state coronavirus response

BY: - February 28, 2020

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), on Thursday told state lawmakers about state prevention efforts for coronavirus, a respiratory disease that has raised public health concerns worldwide in recent months.  The virus strain that has been at the center of media […]

Michigan files suit against opioid companies, charging them as ‘drug dealers’

BY: - December 17, 2019

The state of Michigan has filed a “historic” lawsuit against four companies tied to the production and distribution of opioids.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, charges Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens as drug dealers under the state’s 1994 Drug Dealer Liability Act. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office […]

Michigan pauses sales on marijuana vaping products for increased testing

BY: - November 22, 2019

Updated 4:07 11/22/19 with additional information from the MRA Amid an outbreak of lung injuries likely tied to marijuana vaping products, the state has hit pause on the sales of those products pending additional testing.  The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued new rules on Friday, effective immediately, and will include additional testing of marijuana vaping […]

Overdose and opioid-related deaths decrease in 2018, 1st time in 6 years

BY: - November 22, 2019

After several years of increases in overdose deaths, Michigan experienced an overall decrease in 2018, including a slight decline in opioid-related overdose deaths. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Friday there were 2,599 overdose deaths last year, 2,036 of which were opioid-related.  This is the first decline in overall overdose deaths […]


Whitmer wants Michigan to cut opioid-related deaths by 50% in 5 years 

BY: - November 14, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants the state to meet the “ambitious goal” of cutting opioid-related deaths by half over the next five years.  To do so, Whitmer’s Michigan Opioids Task Force, created in August via executive order, plans to focus on three main components: preventing opioid misuse, ensuring individuals using opioids can access high-quality recovery treatment […]

CDC: Reports of 3 STDs increased in Michigan in 2018

BY: - October 29, 2019

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found certain sexually transmitted disease (STDs) cases reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018, and state-specific data show a similar trend occurred in Michigan. The data are specific to reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. In each […]

State awards grants for lead remediation

BY: - October 25, 2019

The state Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants around the state to expand lead hazard services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident.  The grants are being provided by the Michigan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and are being awarded to myriad cities, counties and nonprofit organizations […]

State completes spraying for EEE in 14 counties

BY: - October 8, 2019

Aerial treatment to combat Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in 14 Michigan counties has ended, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Tuesday. The treatment area spanned more than 557,000 acres in those 14 counties, according to a news release. Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph, […]

Update: State delays mosquito spraying due to weather

BY: - September 27, 2019

Updated, 4:24 a.m. 9/30/19 with the state canceling spraying due to weather. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sunday that it would delay plans due to inclement weather to conduct aerial spraying in 14 counties across the state because of a mosquito-borne virus. Future plans will be announced Monday.* The […]

Whitmer creates opiods task force

BY: - August 21, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2019-18 creating the Michigan Opioids Task Force with Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun as chair. The opioid epidemic has ravaged the country and Michigan is no exception. As the Advance has reported, northern Michigan has been particularly hard hit. Data from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) […]