Ruth Kraut recently won Manager of the Year for Washtenaw County. In addition to being a stellar program manager at the Washtenaw Health Plan, Ruth also bikes, hikes and blogs about schools. Enjoy reading about her! She is amazing and we wouldn't be who we are without her.
From the nomination:
Ruth is an extremely effective collaborator. In whatever area she is working in, she actively seeks out opportunities to engage with colleagues and community partners to enhance the work and the ultimate outcomes. She leads a team of staff on a large grant project to provide Medicaid outreach and enrollment assistance to our county's most vulnerable citizens. She is able to find each team member's strengths and is masterful at bringing out their best contributions. She is very supportive and encouraging to her team.
Ruth is hard working, knowledgeable and passionate about the work. Her dedication is infectious. She is very proactive, always seeking out new opportunities and solutions to further our work. She willingly shares her knowledge and expertise with many others, including staff and others in our community. She is in demand as a trainer regarding the new enrollment requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion. She makes very complicated information easy to understand, encouraging and inspiring others to get involved in the work.
Ruth is always looking for new ways to achieve the WHP goals. She sought and we received a large federal grant to provide Medicaid outreach and enrollment assistance to vulnerable populations, including immigrants, homeless kids and their families and teens. She sought out and we received another grant to conduct an immigrant mental health needs assessment and to provide mental health services to immigrants. She always has the larger WHP mission and vision in mind, as she proactively seeks out ways to achieve the vision. She sees the big picture and at the same time, she stays on top of the details. She consistently goes above and beyond, finding creative ways to ensure that our most vulnerable county residents are getting the care they need.
The WHP serves the county's most vulnerable citizens, working to ensure that they get access to the health care services that they need, when they need it. Access to health care services has been a big unmet need in our community. The Affordable Care Act is improving that, but much work needs to be done to get to full implementation. Ruth's work with individual clients of the WHP, and her work with partners in the community is having a tremendous impact, and moving the needle on this important indicator of community health.
Ruth is responsible for many key programs for the WHP. Her role of Program Administrator is all encompassing, and she manages and participates in a large number of programs, all aimed at expanding access to health care services. She was a key member of the team that worked on establishing the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic. She leads the WHP Community Coordination and Dental Services Workgroup. She has program responsibility for the WHP's role as lead agency for safety net health in the Coordinated Funding process. She willingly takes on projects that will further the organization's goals. She is Manager of the Year each and every day, as she models hard work and dedication in service to our county residents.