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Michigan Impact

Mid-Michigan
2013 spring Issue

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital affiliates with Sparrow Children’s Center to provide specialized pediatric care

A new affiliation between Sparrow Children’s Center and the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will provide children and families in the mid-Michigan area with expanded pediatric specialty care close to home.

The new agreement will promote collaboration between physicians at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Sparrow Children’s Center in Lansing.

Hospital officials hope the collaboration will allow physicians to find new ways to detect and treat disease, allow for development of common resources and joint efforts on pediatric care initiatives.

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UM-Flint receives grant to help former foster care students

With the help of a Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) grant, UM-Flint added a campus Life Skills coach to assist students making the transition to college from the foster care system.

The $450,000 three-year grant from the MDHS will benefit former foster care students participating in the “Mpowering My Success” program. UM-Flint also will provide a team of trained mentors, professional staff and peer advisors to supplement the Life Skills coach.

Genesee County is second in the state to Wayne County in the number of youth in foster care, with approximately 1,200 young people in the system. Of this number, it is estimated roughly 400 are at or near college age.

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UM-Flint students deliver needed health services to Flint’s underserved

UM-Flint students from the Health Education and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs have come together to create the Physical Therapy and Health Education Rehabilitation Treatment (PT HEART) program to serve the uninsured and underinsured population of Genesee County.

PT HEART provides care through evidence-based intervention, patient-centered services, patient care and education, and collaboration between patients, students, and practitioners. The clinic helps those adults who would not otherwise be receiving this treatment by offering services such as: weight management, healthy eating tips, mental health and addiction resources.

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UM-Flint Education students and faculty assisting Mt. Morris classrooms with literacy and early childhood development

Students in Pinehurst Elementary School in Mt. Morris are getting some extra help in the classroom from students and faculty from UM-Flint’s School of Education and Human Services.

The newly formed collaboration will incorporate a literacy professor, a professor of early childhood education, and teacher candidates into the classrooms to work with Mt. Morris students using the latest teaching methods and technology.

The teacher candidates will be working with Mt. Morris teachers and children in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. University professors will accompany the teacher candidates during the time they are in the classrooms.

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