Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CEHHS Students Judge Weiss Elementary STEM Fair

CEHHS students John Gurganus, Samantha Cooley, Zeinab Alsaad, and Sarah Sandakli helped set up and judge the second annual Weiss Elementary STEM Fair this past Monday 3/23.  Students interacted with K-12 students while they completed the boat weight, paper airplane, catapult, fastest boat, slingshot rocket, and windmill challenges.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CEHHS Dean Janosky Speaks At 7th Annual International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities

This week, CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky traveled to Muscat, Oman to speak at The 7th Annual International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities 

Education and Health Workforce Development in Community Settings

Janine E. Janosky, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI U.S.A 48126.
"An overarching goal in the health community is to foster and develop social and physical environments that promote wellness and good health for all. One important consideration in working toward this goal is addressing the impact of social determinants, including economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and the neighborhood and built environment. The focus of this presentation will be on the development and implementation of higher education health and wellness academic education and training programs, that include experiential, problem-based, and service-learning. Typically academic programs are designed as subject-specific and didactically focused, thus they do not address all of the known concomitant determinants and interactions of these subjects that together impact wellness and good health. This presentation will provide the context for the interrelationships of these determinants, the need for innovative academic and workforce development programs, the benefits and challenges of these programmatic approaches, as well as anticipated near future careers and professions."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New B.A. in Child's Life Meets Critical Demand For Specialists to Impact Child Health

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services recently brought to life a new Bachelor of Arts in Child's Life. 

The program is one of only three in the state to specifically focus on preparing students to be child life specialists.
“Child life specialists work with children living with serious chronic or acute medical conditions, by interacting with the child and their parents, their teachers, and their healthcare providers,” said CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky. “Through the integration of education and health and human services, the focus is upon helping children to express and understand their emotions so the child’s overall well-being is strengthened.”
The degree prepares students to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic events—particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization—for both children and their families. Students train to promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.
Child’s life specialists are placed in a broad range of work environments, including:
  • Emergency departments
  • Surgical units
  • Intensive care units
  • Special needs camps
  • Medical and dental practices
“Health professionals and researchers recognize the detrimental impact of child trauma and distress to health throughout the lifespan.  University of Michigan Dearborn trained Child’s Life professionals will be on the front lines of protecting lifetime health through their intervention and service during vulnerable periods in a child’s development.  UM-Dearborn’s new Department of Health and Human services is dedicated to health promotion and prevention at every stage of life.”
The 120-credit program will include coursework in health, education, and children and family life. Students will gain direct training in the field through a clinical experience under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.
Roddy said graduates will be prepared to certify as child’s life specialists through the Child Life Council exam.
For more information on the degree, visit or call 313-593-5090.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CEHHS Hosts Conference on 3/27/15! Preparing For Inclusive Learning and Practice Environments: Convergence of Education, Health, and Human Services

27 March 2015
8:00am - 2:30pm
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Fairlane Center South
Michigan Room

Keynote Speakers

Anne De Biasi, M.H.A., Trust for America’s Health
Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt, Ph.D., Akron Children’s Hospital & Kent State University
Jeannette E. South-Paul, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Marcia Wilson, Ph.D., M.B.A.,  National Quality Forum

(registration ends 3/17/15)