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8
Nov

CHHS Events: Opportunities for professional development!

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The College of Health and Human Services is committed to providing professional development opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the community. CHHS programs take the lead on organizing these events. During the Fall 2017 semester, a number of lectures, seminars, and day-long events have been held.

This fall, the Aging Studies Program welcomed over 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members to its annual lecture entitled, “Older Adults and Driving:  Current Trends and Future Directions.” At this event, Dr. Anne Dickerson, Professor and Director of Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative (ROADI) at East Carolina University, discussed current trends of older adults’ use of technologies, potential opportunities and barriers, and how professionals working with older adults can promote safe mobility as motor vehicles become more complex. The event also included a driving and aging resource fair where agencies such as AARP, AAA, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the Michigan Department of State shared important information about supporting older drivers. Please look for information the 2018 lecture over the next few months—the event is always free and open to the public.

The Orthotics and Prosthetics program held its first Alumni Homecoming Event. This included two concurrent education seminars before the group gathered at Rynearson Stadium for a pre-homecoming game tailgate. Alumni from nine cohorts were represented. They along with current O&P students enjoyed the festivities and the game. Freedom Innovations sponsored the prosthetics seminars and the tailgate.

 

On Saturday, September 23rd Dr. Winnie Dunn came to EMU for the Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship.  Over 150 alumni, faculty and students came together to hear Winnie’s presentation- “When we Emphasize Strengths the Possibilities are Endless”.  Her presentation recharged many practitioners and reinforced an inclusive perspective.  In addition, Katie MacDonald was awarded the Outstanding Alumni of the Year and April Kral received Outstanding Fieldwork Educator of the Year for Occupational Therapy.

On Friday, September 29, 2017, Kathryn Smolinski, MSW, JD chaired the keynote panel at the School’s Third Annual Day of Social Justice. This year’s theme was Health Care and Social Justice Across the Life Span and the audience consisted of faculty, students, field supervisors and practitioners in the School of Social Work.  Ms. Smolinkski is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and directs the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic at Wayne Law in Detroit. She designed and currently manages this medical-legal partnership between Wayne State University Law School and Karmanos Cancer Center in which law students, working with the healthcare team, provide free legal education, representation and resources to low-income cancer patients under her supervision.

Four School of Social Work faculty members, Dr. Charles Graham, Dr. Jennifer Farley, Dr. Caren Putzu and Dr. Stephanie Wladkowksi responded to a case that Ms. Smolinksi presented, offering insights from diverse professional perspectives into how they might approach health care advocacy in a specific case example. Thanks to all for this wonderful learning opportunity, and to all members of the School’s field community who attended. In addition, faculty members and their professional colleagues presented workshops following the panel on topics related to health care advocacy, including:

End of Life and Health Care Advocacy, Dr. Stephanie Wladkowski and Tyne Kreiner.

Advocacy for Veterans and Their Families in the Community, Dr. Cassandra Barragan, Melissa Spauding, Caleb Willette and Deb Hinson

Mental Health Care Access and Advocacy Across the Lifespan, Dr. Jillian Graves and Dr. Christina Marsack

The New Poor People’s Campaign:  Health Care and the Struggle for Social Justice, Dr. Ann Rall

HeartRHYTHMS:  Group Empowerment, Drumming and Health, Dr. Angie Mann-Williams

The event was funded with support from the College of Health and Human Services and from the federally funded Health Resource and Services Administration Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant awarded to the School. Dr. Deborah Willis serves as PI of this three-year effort devoted to enhancing access to integrated health care services.

The 5th Annual International Teleconference on Healthcare took place on October 27th from 9:00 – 11:30 am in the Halle Auditorium. This event was coordinated with the National Medical Academy’s Institute of Gerontology in Kiev, Ukraine and was broadcast to over 5,000 healthcare providers in 13 locations in Ukraine, the Institute of Gerontology in Almaty, Kazakhstan and sites in Russia. There were four presenters from Ukraine and three from the CHHS at EMU who will discuss the topic of aging and disability. This annual teleconference was organized and moderated by David Thomas, Program Director of Therapeutic Recreation.

We strive to give students and faculty as many resources towards developing their professional experience and knowledge. We’ve had an incredible schedule of Fall 2017 events so far, and we still have time left in the semester for more! If you’re interested in attending an event check out the CHHS event calendar.

3
Oct

CHHS News: Preparation through Simulation!

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Today’s health care climate is increasingly complex. The needs of patients demand that professionals from many different disciplines work together to provide the best care possible. The College of Health and Human Services is committed to preparing our students for the demands of their chosen professions. Two very powerful educational tools, simulation-based training and interprofessional... Read more
23
Aug

CHHS News: Sharing cultures among healthcare students!

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The School of Nursing hosted nursing students and instructors from Chang Gung University of Science and Technology and Hung Kuang University from Taoyuan, Taiwan and Taichung, Taiwan respectively. The group from Hung Kuang University spent ten days immersed in EMU’s nursing program, while the Chang Gung University of Science and Technology group were at EMU for... Read more
20
Jun

Clinical Research Administration Program Ranked #1 in the Nation!

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The Clinical Research Administration program in the College of Health and Human Services has many reasons to celebrate. First and foremost, the program was recently ranked #1 in the nation among the top twenty-five academic programs. Graduates of the program serve in many different roles within clinical research including those that are integral to the... Read more
16
May

CHHS News: Honoring our outstanding students!

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On April 4th, the College of Health and Human Services honored its outstanding students at its annual recognition ceremony. The honored students, family members, friends and CHHS faculty members and administrators gathered to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of some of our finest students. Collectively, they represent students who excel in the... Read more
20
Feb

Improving Clinical Lab Sciences one piece of equipment at a time.

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The Clinical Lab Science Program at Eastern Michigan University, a NAACLS accredited MLS program, provides an excellent background for students considering a career as a medical laboratory scientist. The CLS Program also offers a path to further graduate medical studies or a cytogenetics degree. Graduates of the Medical Lab Science Concentration in particular have a... Read more
27
Jan

2016 Giving Recap And A Thank You To All Our Donors!

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2016 was an awesome year thanks to our alumni and friends. With almost $600,000 in total donations to the College of Health and Human Services, we’ve been able to fund research projects, scholarships and more for our students and faculty. Our supporters partner with the College of Health and Human Services to help fulfill our mission to improve the lives... Read more
19
Dec

CHHS Scholarships: Helping Our Students To Help Others In Return!

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Helping our students realize their academic potential is one of our biggest priorities at EMU. Without the support of our generous donors many students would struggle to achieve their dream of improving the lives of others. Their personal lives are often filled with the daily challenge of simply making ends meet. You can make a difference for those... Read more