Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UM-Dearborn faculty and students explore new opportunities with Southwest Detroit Schools

DETROIT.- On Friday, May 13, 2016, faculty and students from UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services enjoyed a delightful and informative morning as they went on a tour exploring the vibrant community of Southwest Detroit while visiting its most well-known public schools.
Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools
rogram at Southwest Solutions,
was the tour guide.

Associate Professor Martha Adler, Director of the Field Placement program in the college (CEHHS), decided to organize the tour to make faculty and students alike knowledgeable of the neighboring, largely Hispanic community, to UM-Dearborn. Even though there are some students who are already doing their practicums in some of these schools, the goal is to increase the college's presence in SW Detroit through more practicum placements and student teaching.

A year ago, UM-Dearborn and Southwest Solutions joined together to bring both communities closer and therefore, mutually benefit from each other’s assets. Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools program at Southwest Solutions, was the tour guide who led the group through the city's Hispanic neighborhood making stops at area public schools such as Bennett Elementary School and Western International High School.
The CEHHS group made its first stop
at Bennett Elementary School

De Jesus said that the objective of this tour is to show this neighborhood from a different perspective away from what is shown in the newspapers and on TV, but from a positive view as to engage UM-Dearborn students so they may be inspired to get involved in the local schools.

The group made its first stop at Bennett Elementary School which is well known for the quality of its teaching staff and which is working closely with CEHHS in the revival and upgrade of their library. Community School Site Coordinator at Bennett Kaity Nicastri who is part of the School Library Project, was the host during the walk-through of the Pre-K-5 facility.

On the way to the second scheduled visit, the group drove by Neinas Elementary School in which Associate Professor Chris Burke and his class are working on transforming empty lots into gardens. The group was also able to see other schools such as Harms Elementary School, a Michigan Department of Education "beat the odds" school. Clippert Academy Middle School well known for its professional staff and high achieving students; Academy of Americas K-8 known for its very committed parents and professional staff trained in full dual language Spanish-English immersion programs.

Inside Western International High School
The next stop was at Western International High School, the largest public school in the community with approximately 1700 students and offering a variety of extra-curricular programs in music, arts and sports. The group was able to see the well-kept facilities like the Olympic size swimming pool, the Henry Ford Health Clinic offering full services, the auditorium and the recently renovated performing arts and athletic wings. A third stop was at the recently opened Academy of Americas High School located next to St. Anne de D├ętroit Catholic church, which expands dual language opportunities for students in Spanish and English.

There were also some surprising visits that helped the group experience how engaged and bustling this community really is. Stops at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center as well as the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation showed that Southwest Detroit is committed to a better way of life.

The group returned satisfied with positive comments about the experience. UM-Dearborn student Josselyn Gorman said the tour was "really informative as far as knowing how the community ties in with schools". Professor Danielle DeFauw said, "I just feel like there are so many people making such a difference and I cannot wait to collaborate with these individuals and continue to help push our students out of their comfort zone" and Professor Margaret Rathouz referred to Southwest Detroit schools as "the hub of the whole community" while Professor Chris Burke called it an "informative, inspirational and fun tour".

Overall, all participants were inspired with this community looking forward to expand projects in partnership with Southwest Detroit schools.
Professors Chris Burke and Danielle DeFauw along with
student Josselyn Gorman buying mexican pastry
during a quick stop at a bakery in Southwest Detroit 
The final stop was at one of the most well known
restaurants in Southwest Detroit to enjoy authentic
Mexican food.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

CEHHS Faculty receive grants for research and projects

During the winter 2016 semester, several College of Education, Health, and Human Services faculty were awarded with 10 campus grants.

The grants awarded by the Faculty Senate Research Support Committee were:

  • Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grant
    to Dara Hill
  • Faculty Research Support and Maintenance Grant
    to Julie Taylor
  • Faculty Professional Development Grant
    to Paul Fossum

The grants awarded by the Advancement of Teaching and Learning fund were:
  • Development of PRE Modules
    to Martha Adler, Danielle DeFauw and Dara Hill
  • Sensory Deficit Simulators
    to David Hill
  • 3D Printer
    to Gail Luera

The grants awarded by MCubed were:
  • Food Insecurity and the role of Food Pantries on College campuses
    to Natalie Sampson, Karen Thomas-Brown, Harmony Reppond, and Carmel Price
  • Coding Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    to David Hill, Stein Brunvand and Mahesh Agarwal

A  grant awarded by the Office of Metropolitan Impact was:
  • Community-Based Research: iGenVoices Project
    to Christopher Burke

A  grant awarded by the Office of Metropolitan Impact, the HUB, and the Commission for Women was:
  • Inside-Out Training
    to Gail Luera

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services congratulates its faculty members for these important achievements.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Health and Human Services Professor leads Environmental Tour visit to Detroit city sites

DETROIT, MI - On April 9th, 2016 UM-Dearborn Health and Human Services Assistant Professor Natalie Sampson lead a group of nearly 20 people —students, faculty and community members— who took part in an Environmental Justice Tour of the Motor City. The tour bus, funded through a grant from the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources, visited eight sites in the city, including the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Marathon Oil Refinery and the Detroit Municipal Waste Incinerator.
The Environmental Tour Bus made a stop at the Detroit Wastewater
 “You can share stories about this in class all day long. But when you go out and see it and talk to residents, there is much more of a lasting impact,” said Sampson, who offered the tour as part this semester’s Introduction to Environmental Health course. 
“We’ve been discussing the science and the policy in class, but getting on the ground and seeing how it all plays out in the real world is important."

Sampson, who frequently collaborates on city environmental efforts, invited two of her Detroit activist colleagues— Kimberly Hill Knott from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Vincent Martin from Human Synergy Works— to narrate the tour and answer questions.
Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy at Detroiters
Working for Environmental Justice, narrates the tour
and answer questions from students.

Hill Knott said the nonprofit organization gives tours frequently. And the effect of the tour is sobering.

“We take lawmakers, company heads, hip-hop artists on tours like this to see what is going on around our city,” she said. “By the end of the tour, there is usually silence because people are thinking about what they just saw. We want to bring awareness, so that change can come next.”

The Delray Neighborhood was one of the most impactful sites for the visitors. Professor Sampson mentioned that "The juxtaposition of the kids' playscape with the wastewater treatment plant is powerful". Scott Brines and Vincent Martin offered important context about what it means to live with industry and commercial traffic in your neighborhood, as well as the work it takes to advocate for your community in this context.

Despite the many environmental problems in Detroit, Sampson, Hill Knott and Martin also wanted participants to understand that many are working hard to address threats to environmental health and justice.

Students at Earthworks Urban Farms
The tour stopped at Earthworks Urban Farms,  a 2.5-acre certified organic farm in the middle of the city,  and the Mack Avenue Green T Project, a land reuse concept where blighted structures are removed, art is installed and gardens are grown.

 Arriving back to campus, senior Margaret Kelley said the tour was a reality check—one she was glad to have.

“Even with Detroit’s revitalization, people in the neighborhoods have been left out of the conversation,” said Kelley, a health policy studies major. “Making people, like myself—who was a suburbanite my whole life—aware of these environmental and quality of life issues is really important. And I think it will change the conversation going forward.“

Read the full story at The Reporter

Monday, April 25, 2016

UM-Dearborn distinguishes seven CEHHS students as 2016 Difference Makers

DEARBORN, MI - Seven students from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services have been selected as 2016 Difference Makers:
  • Shema Aman
  • Thomas Boik
  • Evelyn Cramton
  • Aaron Kinzel
  • Freda Shatara
  • Emma Watters
  • Robin Wilson 
 Annually UM-Dearborn distinguishes 50 students who are at the forefront of their fields. They are improving the lives of others and making an impact here in our local communities. Nominated by faculty and staff, these individuals aren't just outstanding students and alumni, they embody academic and professional achievement, integrity and leadership.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services congratulates these outstanding students and feels proud to have them as part of the CEHHS family.

Get to know more of them:
- Shema Aman (Master of Arts in Education/Reading Specialist)

- Thomas Boik (French, Spanish, Education)

 - Evelyn Cramton (Social Studies/Mathematics)

 - Aaron Kinzel (Education)

 - Freda Shatara (Early Childhood, Mathematics in Elementary Education)

- Emma Waters (Public Health)

- Robin Wilson (Reading/English Language Arts)

To learn more about the class of 2016 Difference Makers, visit the Difference Makers website.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dr. Lisa Martin receives the Susan B. Anthony Campus Award

DEARBORN, MI - University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Commission for Women honored Lisa Martin and Beth Morrison during the organization’s annual Susan B. Anthony Awards Dinner on April 7, 2016 at Park Place in Dearborn. The awards recognize a member of the campus family and a member of the local community whose work exemplify the dedication of Susan B. Anthony on behalf of women. During the event that included Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as the keynote speaker, Dr. Martin received the Campus Award and Beth Morrison, president and CEO of HAVEN, recieved the community award. 
Lisa Martin, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Beth Morrison
"It's such an honor to receive this year's Susan B. Anthony Campus Award" - Dr. Martin said. "I am grateful to the Commission for Women for their recognition and I look forward to a long future career where I plan to continue working on issues of gender equity on campus.  It was a wonderful night, with inspiring speeches by Rep. Debbie Dingell and Provost Davy, and Geri Barrons."
Lisa Martin, holds a joint appointment in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) as professor of Health and Policy Studies; and the College of Arts, Science and Letters (CASL) as professor of Womens' and Gender Studies. She has revitalized the curriculum of both Health Policy Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell participated as keynote
speaker at the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Awards dinner
Dr. Martin is a member of the SOAR Advisory Board and also serves on the Center for the Education of Women Scholarship Committee, both of which provide financial support to socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Through her directorship of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, she has been able to connect students to numerous campus and community opportunities that are transforming students’ career paths and lives and developing their skill as leaders for social change.

As a result of these efforts, WILL students now lead the campus effort to end gender-based violence in organizing the successful “Take Back the Night” events, as well as their work on the current campus climate survey and “Abuse Hurts” campaign. Under Lisa’s leadership, WILL has put together a mentoring program for at-risk girls at Vista Maria as a way to encourage these girls to see college as an option.

Lisa has demonstrated leadership in the development of a series of site visits that connect students with local leaders such as the CEO of the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, the CEO of Walbridge Industries, and the President and CEO of HAVEN. These site visits give students the opportunity to learn from successful women leaders and strengthen our connections with community organizations. These connections have led to internships, mentorships, and employment for students.

As a result of these and other initiatives, Dr. Lisa Martin is positively impacting life at UM-Dearborn, improving our community, and changing lives of our students.

About Susan B. Anthony Campus and Community Awards
The Commission for Women (CFW) present Susan B. Anthony Campus and Community Awards annually to recognize a member of our campus family and a member of the local community, whose lives and deeds exemplify the dedication, fortitude, political agitation and involvement of Susan B. Anthony on behalf of women.  Anthony forced a nation to recognize human rights, challenged gross inequities endured by women in our society.

The first Susan B. Anthony Campus Award was presented at a Luncheon in 1979.  The Susan B. Anthony Community Award was established in 2004.  Today, both awards are presented at an awards dinner program which includes a silent auction fundraiser.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

‘Ride the Tiger:’ CEHHS faculty develop resources for PBS documentary about bipolar disease

DEARBORN, MI - College of Education, Health, and Human Services Associate Dean Laura Reynolds and Professor Kim Killu have developed educational resources to complement Ride the Tiger: A Guide through the Bipolar Brain, a new documentary from Detroit Public Television (DPTV) that will air on PBS stations nationwide.

Professor Kim Killu and Associate Dean Laura Reynolds

“There are so many health concerns surrounding bipolar disease and health—individual health, community health and relational health,” Reynolds said. “Because of these concerns, there’s an educational need as well—a need to approach the broader population in terms of how we talk about and address mental health in this country.”

Ed Moore, executive producer of DPTV’s national documentary unit, said about this cooperation, "We are thankful for all the experts and individuals who shared their stories to make this film so valuable. We are also thankful to all our partners, especially University of Michigan-Dearborn for writing the curriculum for this film to provide students and educators with the tools necessary to talk about the film and the issue of bipolar disorder.”

The developed resources by Killu and Reynolds will be mailed to community, educational and religious organizations throughout the country along with a copy of the documentary. They also will be available to the general public on the Ride the Tiger website.

Reynolds and Killu also helped create short, online video clips, combing through hours of interview transcripts and organizing the materials by theme. They said the creative process—which began for them last year with a viewing of an early cut of the documentary—provided an opportunity to both learn from experts in a variety of fields and strengthen their enthusiasm for their own work.

All members of the UM-Dearborn community are invited to a special Ride the Tiger screening and discussion panel on campus on April 22. The College of Education, Health, and Human Services will host the event, which will focus on community resources and the collaborative relationships among community organizations.

Ride the Tiger premiered on PBS on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The special UM-Dearborn screening and discussion panel will take place Thursday, April 22, at 9 a.m., in Fairlane Center South’s Michigan Room. To register for the event, visit CEHHS website.

Read full story in The Reporter.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dean Janine Janosky visits the White House

From left to right: Catherine Oaker, Deputy Director "Let's Move"; Kevin Hagan,
CEO, American Diabetes Association; Janine Janosky, dean of UM-Dearborn
College of Education, Health, and Human Services; Carole Johnson, White House
Domestic Policy Council;  Jeff Levi, Professor of Health Management and Policy,
George Washington University

WASHINGTON, DC - CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky participated in the White House Domestic Policy Council’s “Making Health Care Better” series on Thursday, April 7. She was one of three participants in a panel presentation about diabetes and healthy lifestyles, moderated by Catherine Oakar, deputy director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

The "Making Health Care Better" series highlighted the significant progress made in improving the health system over the past seven years. This first event was focused on diabetes, and brought together experts on diabetes within and outside of government, individuals living with diabetes, and passionate diabetes activists. Through three panel discussions and a "lightning round" interview, the event focused on advancements in diabetes prevention, research, quality of care, and coverage.

The opening remarks were given my Patrick Conway, MD, Acting Deputy Principal Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The panel presentations addressed the progress made for those living with diabetes and heartfelt testimonies of living with diabetes from NFL players and advocates from the American Diabetes Association.

Dean Janosky participated on the panel discussion "Healthy Lifestyle" along with Cat Oakar, deputy director of Let's Move; Kevin Hagan, CEO of American Diabetes Association; Carole Johnson, White House Domestic Policy Council and Jeff Levi, professor or Health Management & Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.

The event ended with closing remarks from Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.