Monday, September 21, 2015

Encouragement and guidance ensures positive results for health policy studies grad

After searching for a way to make a difference in the field of health outside of a clinical setting that would allow him to work with people who needed assistance, Ray Lynem found his educational home in UM-Dearborn's Health Policy Studies program through the guidance of  Lawrence Radine, then associate professor of sociology and Director of the Health Policy Studies. Radine retired after the Fall 2014 semester.

Lynem views his studies assisting him in moving toward his ultimate goal.  “The ability to have such a profound impact on the health of others would be an incredible experience and responsibility. My most important mission is to promote justice and equality within the healthcare system by increasing access to care for all people.”

Lynem is attending U-M Ann Arbor this fall to earn a Master of Health Services Administration degree.

View the full article in the Reporter

Undergrads support clinical research efforts at St. Mary Mercy Hospital

An inaugural group of seven UM-Dearborn students recently completed the yearlong Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP) through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at UM-Dearborn.
“EMRAP is an opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with physicians in order to support ongoing research activities and quality improvement projects in the clinical setting of the emergency department,” said Debalina Bandyopadhyay, former director of health professions advising within UM-Dearborn’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Bandyopadhyay worked with Dr. Daniel Keyes, an emergency medicine physician at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, to implement the program.

CEHHS Faculty and Students Highlighted in September 21 Issue of the Reporter

In the September 21 2015 issue of the Reporter highlights the work of CEHHS Department of Education faculty members Dara Hill, LaShorage Shaffer, and Karen Thomas-Brown this summer with residents of Detroit’s Osborne neighborhood.  They created and taught a Writers Club for youth at the Matrix Human Services Center and took part in the non-profit organization Life Remodeled’s community project, which focuses on a Detroit neighborhood each summer to renovate a school, restore select homes, and remove blight and overgrowth.  The faculty members worked with the teens on expressing their hopes and dreams for themselves and their neighborhood at the weekly Writers Club.
“At the Writers Club, we said you can sit there and watch, or you could be a part of the change that’s going to happen. It doesn’t end here. It was important for them to think about sustainability,” Hill said. “For the youth who participated, they shared how it was empowering to see brush cleared away or have nice green space in an area that once had grass taller than they are.”

CEHHS Faculty Build Global Geography Knowledge

CEHHS Faculty members Dr. Karen Thomas-Brown and Dr. LaShorage Shaffer, and CASL Faculty Dr. Cameron Amin and Dr. Jamie Wraight, were awarded a grant by the Michigan Department of Education to work with 6th, 7th and 9th grade Social Studies educators in Wayne County on global geography through the Wayne School Global Geography Project.  

Partnering with the Michigan Geographic Alliance, and Wayne RESA, educators from local school districts, including Dearborn, Taylor, Livonia and Detroit Public Schools, are offered over 90 hours of professional development training in global geography content, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and pedagogy focusing on Eastern and Western Hemisphere, Contemporary Global Issues, and Era 7-Global Crisis and Achievement 1900-1945.  

In August, the first phase of the project was launched and to date, over 41 teachers are actively participating in the project.  

For more information on the Wayne Schools Global Geography Project, please contact Dr. Karen Thomas-Brown

Friday, July 17, 2015

CEHHS Special Education Online Master Program Receives Top Twenty Accolade

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services online masters degree program in Special Education was recently noted as one of the top twenty in the nation. Ranked at number three, the Early Childhood Education Zone said, "[The University of] Michigan-Dearborn special education program has three areas of study. It’s a great value, especially for in-state students who can take full advantage of the program’s diversity."

To read more about the details of UM-Dearborn's special education program, including more information regarding the whole list of top twenty schools, click here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CEHHS Staff Celebrate Excellence Milestones

CEHHS Student Success staff members Judy Garfield and Elizabeth Morden celebrated their ten (Garfield) and fifteen year (Morden) milestone anniversary's this past week and were acknowledged with a Chancellor's Staff Recognition Award. 

Judy Garfield, Program Assistant in the Office of Student Success, worked at University of Detroit-Mercy in a support role for student activities for almost 30 years prior to coming to UM-Dearborn. In the early years , she was a full time employee at UD-Mercy, but the latter years she switched to part-time to raise her son through his school years.  In 2005, Garfield sought a full time job and landed at UM-Dearborn. Reflecting on her 10 years of work here at CEHHS, Judy says, "I really do enjoy working with students, and I want to be the staff member that they feel they can count on to assist them with their questions and problems.  One of the nice things about longevity on this job is that I have been able to build relationships with the students I serve from their first semester here until they graduate."

Liz Morden, also a Program Assistant in the CEHHS Office of Student Success,also reflected on her fifteen years of work here at CEHHS, "I love the interaction with students, faculty, & staff that I get to work with everyday!" 

CEHHS faculty and staff commend both on their commitment and hard work. Thank you Judy and Elizabeth!

Monday, June 15, 2015

CEHHS Science-Ed Research from Detroit Community Reaches National Conferences

CEHHS faculty member Dr. Chris Burke's partnership with Ms. Lazarowicz, an elementary science teacher at Neinas Elementary School, started in Fall 2012. Dr. Burke met Ms. Lazarowicz while she was presenting about her use of the outdoor classroom and school garden at the South East Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Community Forum. Following this visit Dr. Burke arranged for his EXPS 220 class to come to the school and work with her students to do experiments in the outdoor classroom.  

Neinas Elementary School is a community-centered school located in South West Detroit. The student body reflects the local community and is 78% Hispanic 10% White and 10% African American. The school has multiple strong community partnerships including E & L SuperMercado (the local supermarket) & Greening of Detroit. These partnerships helped support the development of the school’s outdoor classroom. Since this initial visit in Fall 2012, eight of Burke's EXPS classes (five sections of EXPS 220 and three sections of EDD 485) have collaborated with Ms. Lazarowicz’s students. Burke's students have studied native Michigan plants, and rain gardens culminating in the installation of a rain garden at Neinas in the outdoor classroom. They have also studied irrigation systems and structures culminating in the building of roof top garden planters. This past year Dr. Burke's EXPS 220 / EDD 485 students started studying structures that will help inform the planning and building of an Earthship.  

Dr. Burke's work at Neinas has been a productive and valuable part of his teaching at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services by providing a place for UM- Dearborn students to engage in Academic Service Learning and collaborate with elementary students on long term school projects. It has also been a valuable part of Dr. Burke's scholarship in that this community-based research helps him examine the process of developing students' sense of science agency and connection to the process of scientific investigation with the community. Dr. Burke's partnership with Ms. Lazarowicz has resulted in presentations at the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Place-Based Education Conference, the National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference, The Ecojustice and Activism Conference and most recently the SEMIS Community Forum.  

 Dr. Chris Burke believes that this work is important as it provides CEHHS students with an opportunity to see and work with a highly effective teacher in Detroit who is actively working to cultivate community connections and implement place-based education. As Burke says, "This opportunity helps CEHHS students develop an understanding of the importance of cultivating relationships with K-12 students, their parents, and the community. It also provides them a chance to engage in community-based science where they learn how to balance the formal rigors of science with the complexity of authentic questions that emerge from students engaging with the community". 

Burke's three year collaboration with Neinas has also provided him with a space to conduct scholarship related to the facilitation of students’ science agency, developing and sustaining school community partnerships, and place-based education. For more information on Dr. Chris Burke and his research please visit his faculty profile page.