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Michigan Impact

2013 summer Issue

Better care for patients in mid-Michigan: U-M Health System partners with MidMichigan Health

In a partnership designed to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right place, and the right time, the U-M Health System has signed a formal partnership with MidMichigan Health, a nonprofit health system with hospitals in Midland, Clare, Gladwin and Alma. The partnership gives U-M a small ownership interest in MMH and will make it easier for MidMichigan physicians to work with U-M physicians on clinical services and caring for individual patients. MidMichigan Health will also incorporate the “block M” into its own brand. The partnership will begin with an effort to align services for patients with cancer and cardiovascular disease, and will grow over time.

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Restoring kids — and a community

An after-school and summer program built around the concept that kids can and want to reduce violence and improve their neighborhoods has led to lower crime rates, better upkeep on homes and more students who said they learned to resolve conflicts without violence.

The program, Youth Empowerment Solutions for Peaceful Communities, is a U-M School of Public Health case study involving seventh- and eighth-grade students at select schools in Flint—a former industrial center hard hit by the statewide decline in manufacturing jobs.

Developed by U-M SPH and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, the program is designed to empower participants to develop and carry out neighborhood improvement and beautification projects with adult support.

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UM-Flint nursing students mentor area high school students

UM-Flint nursing students recently took some time out of their class schedule to share some of what they learned with area high school students at Hurley Medical Center.

Eunice Muriu RN, MSN, has been involving her students in the high school teaching program for the past three years. In the winter semester the nursing students teach Grand Blanc High School students. In the fall, they teach Carman Ainsworth High School students.

More than 100 Grand Blanc High School students attended the most recent session. All of the high school students have a desire to pursue health professions in the future.

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UM-Flint student takes on project to assist female veterans

A student from UM-Flint recently established “Our Home Transitional,” a non-profit organization designed to provide transitional housing to female veterans in need of support. The senior student turned to the University Outreach Innovation Incubator where she received guidance on creating a business plan for the organization.

Our Home Transitional plans to provide various types of assistance to help female veterans transition to self-sufficiency in civilian society through other local and national organizations (i.e. job training and placement, educational training, home placement assistance and mental and physical health care).

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