Category: Community - Original Written by Institute for Population Health
Going to the doctor for immunization shots may often appear last on our to-do lists, but it is time
to make them a priority. Measles, mumps, and polio are diseases many of us consider to be
ancient history, so what is the need for a vaccine? Vaccines help keep these illnesses away from
our communities. By not getting immunized, these dangerous diseases can appear again quickly
and spread fast.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 200 cases of
whooping cough, a severe respiratory illness most dangerous to babies, have already been
reported this year in Michigan. 2013 has also seen the presence of measles in our state. These
diseases, and many others, can easily be prevented through immunizations.
Vaccines work. The CDC states that many diseases, like smallpox and polio, have seen a 100%
decrease in deaths they previously caused, while other diseases saw at least a 90% decrease.
However, the Michigan Department of Community Health reports that only about 60% of Detroit
infants and adolescents have all the recommended vaccines to keep them protected. Vaccines
can only work if children are immunized on time and keep up with their shots.
The Institute for Population Health (IPH) wants to increase the number of infants and
adolescents completing all recommended vaccines to make sure our kids and communities stay
safe. The IPH can help provide guidance and resources for easy access to immunizations.
What should parents do to make sure their child's immunizations are up to date? Although it
seems like summer just started, the time is now to get all of the necessary vaccines for the
beginning of the school year. Doctors' appointments can get booked up fast in the fall just prior
to school enrollment, and there may be a long waiting period for an appointment. Parents can
avoid the wait by making appointments during summer vacation. Immunizations are also
available at the Herman Kiefer Complex, 1st Floor. Call 313-324-9670 for information on days
On Sunday, August 25, 2013, the IPH will team up with Channel 7 for the 36th annual Healthy
Living for Kids Immunization Fair at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American
History to provide immunizations for children. At the fair, eligible children 3 months and older
will have access to free immunizations against polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, varicella
(chicken pox), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B and HIB (Haemophilus
influenza type B), MCV4 Meningitis, Hep A, PCV 13 (Pneumonia), and HPV (Gardasil). The
fair will not just include shots. Additional services will be provided, along with information
about community health programs and entertainment.
While vaccines are very important for back-to-school, they also keep many harmful illnesses and
diseases out of our communities. For more information about the immunization fair and other
immunization programs, contact the IPH immunization program at 313-324-9670. You can alsoaccess information on our website at www.ipophealth.org, or visit the IPH at 1151 Taylor Street,
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 16:06
Compassion Through Cameras and FAR Conservatory Join Forces for heArt, a Collaborative Art Show and Fundraising Event
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Compassion Through Cameras (CTC) and FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts (FAR) will jointly host heArt, a collaborative art show and fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac.
HeArt will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $50 per person. The price includes light snacks, cocktails and free parking.
"We're thrilled to partner with the FAR Conservatory for this first-time event," said Kelly Donaldson, founder and executive director of CTC. "It's a great opportunity for the students to display artwork they've created and to raise awareness of both organizations."
The artwork displayed in the show will be from FAR clients and CTC photography workshop participants. The event will also include a silent auction with art work by local artists. Proceeds from the event will support both organizations, which provide valuable educational and creativity development services to children and adults in need.
"Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to continue serving our clients and work toward our mission of providing therapeutic opportunities for children and adults with special needs," said Pamela Ayres, executive director of FAR.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:36
DETROIT TIGERS WINNER ANNOUNCED AS PART OF MLB AND ‘PEOPLE’ MAGAZINE’S “TRIBUTE FOR HEROES” CAMPAIGN
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine today announced the 30 winners of the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and which builds upon both organizations' commitment to honoring our country's heroes. Cory Gritter has been selected by fans to represent the Detroit Tigers.
Michigan native, Cory Gritter, of Rockville, Maryland, was an accomplished athlete in high school, but passed up his dream of playing collegiate soccer to join the Marine Corps. He even achieved his dream of becoming a Marine Scout Sniper. During an early mission in Afghanistan, Cory suffered significant shrapnel wounds to his leg, torso, hand, and shoulder caused by an IED explosion. After three years recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, he was recently discharged and founded a cyber security company to help transitioning veterans like him find careers. Despite his struggles, he has the desire to help others. He has volunteered with Toys for Tots and with his church, helping run activities for children with autism. Cory also recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for Hire our Heroes.
Gritter will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week festivities (private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a VIP reception on the Intrepid, All-Star Red Carpet Show Presented by Chevrolet, Chevrolet Home Run Derby). The winners also will attend and be honored during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field July 16th on FOX beginning at 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT).
Fans nationwide cast their votes at TributeForHeroes.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.
Along with MLB and PEOPLE, a guest panel including General Peter W. Chiarelli (retired) and General John M. "Jack" Keane (retired), alongside MLB players Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals assisted in the selection process for the 90 finalists, who were then voted on by fans to select the 30 winners.
The "Tribute For Heroes" campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans (welcomebackveterans.org, powered by MLB.com), an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service. Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with "Centers of Excellence" at university hospitals throughout the country.
As part of its 2013 charity initiative, PEOPLE First: Help America's Veterans, 'PEOPLE' is partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in 'PEOPLE' throughout 2013.
Currently, Welcome Back Veterans funds programs at The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, Weill Cornell in New York City, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox' Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:42
Category: Community - Original Written by RJ Barnhill
Cornerstone Schools is excited to host the 8th annual "Be a Tiger for Kids" Event on Tues. Aug. 20 at Comerica Park. This annual event helps children in Detroit to receive a first-class education all while watching the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins.
The fun-filled family event will kick off with the Rock-N-Roar tailgate at the St. John's Episcopal Church lot on the corner of Woodward and Montcalm beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy food, music from the Simone Vitale band, face painting, games and fun for the entire family. Following the tailgate, there will be a special on-field presentation just before the game. The game will begin at 7:08 p.m. at Comerica Park.
"We are excited to be bringing 'Be a Tiger For Kids' back to Comerica Park for our 8th year. This event brings thousands of Cornerstone Schools' supporters to the event each year," said Ernestine Sanders, Cornerstone President and CEO. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our families and friends who support Cornerstone to come together to enjoy fellowship, cheer on the Tigers and help us meet our fundraising goals."
Making a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more per person will benefit the Cornerstone Schools Scholarship Fund, making it possible to provide over 550 Cornerstone students with an excellent education in Pre-K through 11th grade.
As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a 'Be a Tiger for Kids' event package that includes:
o Ticket entry into the private Rock-n-Roar tailgate party.
o Ticket entry into the 7:08 p.m. Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins game at Comerica Park.
o A commemorative event t-shirt to wear to the game.
For more information, or to donate visit www.CornerstoneSchools.org or call 1-800-343-0951.
Event sponsors include; Detroit Tigers, Meijer, Pulte Group, ITC Holdings, PWC, Helppie Charitable Foundation, Yazaki, Wolverine Packing Co., LUPO Chiropractic Center, Quicken Loans, Tognum, Fathead, Tubby's, Pepsi, Better Made, Mousetrap Mobile, Starbucks, SME USA, and Hour Detroit.
Founded in 1991, Cornerstone is renowned throughout Metropolitan Detroit for its success in graduating well-prepared, high achieving youth. 95% of its students graduate from high school in a city with the lowest graduation rate in the country, and 91% of its high school graduates pursue higher education. Changing Detroit, one child at a time. For more information, please
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:31
Category: Community - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
For the first time in more a 100 years Detroit will enter a new phase of political transformation and reality as voters are set to usher in council by districts in the upcoming general election. Seven out of the nine council members will be district-based and the remaining two will be at large.
The new seismic shift in Detroit’s local government came after the creation of the new City Charter following cries about the need for strong accountability and delivery of needed services by this legislative branch.
Four incumbents on the current Detroit City Council are expected to seek reelection as the remaining members have chosen to resign from the legislative body or not seek reelection.
Member Brenda Jones (District 2), James Tate (District 1), Saunteel Jenkins (At Large) and Rev. Andre Spivey (District 4) are seeking another term in a district form of government.
However, many candidates, 54 to be exact including the four members of council, are seeking to be part of the new nine-member council that is set to take office in January of 2014.
Some of the names have been prominent in Detroit political circles.
That includes Vince Keenan, the founder of Publius, the state’s first voter information website, who has been at the forefront of many conversations about preserving the integrity of the election process as well as enhancing civic participation. Keenan is running in District 6.
In District 5, Brian White, a former policy wonk for the Detroit Area Agency on Agency who was also a rigorous campaigner for the last census, working for the U.S. Census Bureau, is running in the same district as Mary Sheffield, the daughter of Rev Horace Sheffield III and also candidate Adam Hollier who was a former chief of staff to State Sen. Bert Johnson.
In District 7, John Bennett, the popular Detroit police officer who founded the political muckraking website Detroituncovered.com and an ardent advocate for police reforms and public safety, is running against former state representative Gabe Leland, the son of Wayne County Commissioner Burton Leland.
In District 3, longtime Detroit education advocate and member of the Detroit Library Commission Russ Bellant will be facing another candidate, Scott Benson, who works for Midtown Detroit Inc., as a small business advisor.
In District 2, former longtime Lansing legislator George Cushingberry Jr., has also thrown his hat into the ring for another legislative job in Detroit. Cushingberry, who has been a fixture in Lansing politics, will face off with several candidates in that district including Leslie Love a professor at Marygrove College, Ken Scott, a small business owner, and attorney Carron Pinkins.
“The charter has given the incoming council more authority, especially with the ability to confirm key department heads,” said Eric Foster, Detroit political consultant. “You have some districts that have really strong candidates that can do good work on council but you have a few other districts that are really lacking strong candidates.”
Foster said for some of those districts that don’t have competitive candidates to be really impactful “it is going to take one or two election cycles before you get the type of candidate that can really be impactful with regard to background and policy direction.”
He cited as an example District 5 where Hollier, White and Sheffield are all part of a new emerging political class in Detroit poised to make a difference.
“You have three talented young people to pick from in that particular race,” Foster said while also giving the nod to District 2 where a mix of seasoned politicos and fresh voices on the scene are going to duke it out.
But he lamented that in District 3 “outside of Scott Benson you don’t have a really deep strong field of candidates.”
He said, “With what the city is going to need out of this council, we need policy changes, not necessarily direct activism of council that is going to help citizens get services delivered and right-size the city’s budget.”
But will this new district-type government really bring about change for Detroit?
“If the right people are elected, yes, and change will come and if they fully exercise the legislative creativity that the charter gives them. They have an opportunity to really do some work,” Foster said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 03:45
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