Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, community leaders, and schools in Washtenaw County worked together to slow the spread of the virus and distribute the vaccine. More than 60% of Washtenaw County residents over 16 years of age have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. This public health achievement is in no small part due to the efforts of these groups to expand access and locate pop-up clinics in schools, churches, and community centers. Cross-sector collaboration allowed the county to overcome traditional barriers in serving the hardest-to-reach communities.
Melissa Bruzzano is a person filled with gentle strength, which underlies her activism. She has led marchers while chanting with a megaphone; hosted movies and discussion groups about Medicare for All; worked with other activists at the March for Medicare for All at the state capitol; helped with communications for local ACLU People Power actions to help protect immigrants at risk; worked as the first campaign manager for Anuja Rajendra’s Michigan Senate campaign; started and runs PAG, all while being a devoted mother and wife, an attorney, a songwriter, frontwoman (vocals and guitar) for the band Sweet Melissa, and a vocal coach.