The UMHS continues to provide various outreach programs and reduced-fee services to our communities. However, the Health System provides several more programs and services that benefit the community, such as those listed below.
This section includes non-traditional community benefits typically reported in the UMHHC response to the Michigan Hospital Association’s annual community benefits survey.
If you are a UMHS faculty or staff member, and would like your community-facing programs and services listed here, please contact the Office of Community Benefit and Community Health Assessment.
The Health System provides information to the community regarding health topics in a variety of telephone help lines. The Cancer AnswerLine is staffed by experienced oncology nurses who combine knowledge and compassion to provide personalized answers to each caller’s questions. The nurses offer information on the entire spectrum of cancer issues including prevention, risk reduction, warning signs, detection methods, treatment options, clinical trials, support services, provider referrals and appointment scheduling.
The Health System is involved in a number of education and outreach events aimed at raising awareness and support for cancer. A speaker’s bureau is provided free of charge to various schools, service agencies, businesses and support groups in the community. A free community event called “Survivor’s Day” is aimed at celebrating life with a focus on cancer survivorship issues. The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center sponsors many educational talks, including “Cancer Answer Nights” in various locations throughout the community, distributes free educational materials and brochures to the community, and provides useful information about cancer on its Web site.
The Health System provides a number of resources and programs for the older adult population. The Housing Bureau for Seniors is a place where seniors and their families can find answers to questions about senior housing and care options, receive assistance with loans to prevent foreclosure as a result of unpaid property taxes, and prevent elderly eviction for non payment of rent.
The Health System’s Maternal and Infant Support Services Program provides hospital-based prenatal care services to Medicaid-eligible women identified with high risk medical and psycho social needs. Services include assessments and provision of needed care and childbirth education classes in English and Spanish. The home-based component to the program which provides the infant care services and post- natal care follow up in the community is now covered by the Dept of Public Health as of December, 2008.
MHealthy is the University of Michigan’s Health & Well-being program for U-M faculty, staff, dependents, retirees and members of the surrounding community. Our mission is to create a model community of health where people thrive. MHealthy’s wellness and health risk reduction programs (formerly MFit) are open to the community and include exercise classes, fitness center memberships, personal training, weight management, nutrition coaching, cooking classes, tobacco cessation, and alcohol management. MHealthy also has a corporate wellness team that assists local businesses.
In addition, MHealthy operates a Health Education Resource Center to improve our community’s health status through prevention, self-care education, informed health care decision-making and improved treatment compliance. MHealthy experts also participate in various community outreach events.
Every day the Health System provides two nutritious meals to 396 Ann Arbor homebound seniors or frail individuals through its Meals on Wheels program. Meals are prepared in the main kitchen of the University of Michigan Hospital and delivered to recipients by community volunteers. In FY 2008 over 130,000 meals were delivered to our community.
Recognizing the disproportionate high rates of mortality and morbidity among underserved multicultural populations, the Program for Multicultural Health was established in 1993 to play a vital role toward improving the accessibility and use of quality health care for these diverse populations. Efforts have been focused in three major areas: providing cultural competency training to health care providers and students; working with community organizations to implement culturally-specific health promotional activities and health screenings; and developing and distributing culturally-oriented health educational materials to the entire community in order to enhance the knowledge and empowerment of individual health care management. The program has been recognized by local residents and nationally acclaimed health professionals for its innovative approaches to improving the health status of underserved ethnic and racial groups through the integration of cultural considerations with clinical health care practices.
Project Healthy Schools is a collaborative effort between the Health System and the Ann Arbor Public Schools to teach sixth-grade students about heart-healthy lifestyles. The overall goal is to reduce their future risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The project is supported by a broad community partnership. Clague Middle School was the pilot site and yielded excellent results ” decreasing cholesterol and glucose levels.
The Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools is a collaboration between the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Willow Run Community Schools and the U-M Health System. Its mission is to promote the health and holistic growth of the students and families of the school communities they serve by providing school-based health services such as physical examinations, immunizations, acute and chronic illness management, dental screening and services, individual and family counseling, group counseling, referrals for community resources, and health education and counseling. In FY08, these school-based health centers served 807 students; more than 75 percent of the students at each school have received services through RAHS . Supplemental funding support has come from grants through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Education.
The UMHS Tobacco Consultation Services program is dedicated to reducing the number of smokers in the community, thus improving the community’s overall health. The program provides inpatient bedside counseling for all identified tobacco users admitted to University Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Counseling regarding environmental tobacco smoke exposure also is provided for family members of patients admitted to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Also, the program provides an outpatient intensive tobacco cessation program for adults through University Hospital, as well as a special program for older adults through the Turner Senior Resource Center Intensive Program. There is also telephone consultation available for individuals unable to attend outpatient services.
Trail’s Edge Camp is a summer camp for children who are ventilator-dependent. The camp is staffed by volunteers and funded through donations. Since 1990, this ambitious accomplishment of caring that has provided a five-day, five-night summer camp experience for campers ages five through 18 who are ventilator-dependent and medically fragile. Camp is held during the first full week in June at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, a beautiful barrier-free camp on 200 acres in Mayville, Michigan.
The UMHS Turner Geriatric Center provides many education and support events for seniors, including the Turner Senior Resource Center, Silver Club Memory Loss program, computer classes, social events, in-home counseling, support groups, health screenings, and information and referral to community organizations.
The Health System sponsors and coordinates a number of women’s health outreach events, and provides education and referral information, through our Women’s Health Resource Center. The WHRC staff offers free, compassionate information and advice regarding women’s health issues, Outreach events include breast cancer awareness, health screenings and abuse prevention initiatives.
The mission of the Youth Mentoring Program is to provide opportunities for youth by instilling within them a sense of purpose, responsibility, accountability and ethics for personal development and in preparation for future healthcare careers. The program offers career exploration for students who are in grade 9 and above. Students participate in a wide range of group activities, and “shadow” individuals whose jobs they may be interested in pursuing, and attend career workshops at the Health System. The Program served approximately 45 students in FY 2007.
The Health System is committed to giving back to the community by supporting the many organizations that are already working diligently to improve community health. As such, we provide services and staff to organizations and events including the American Heart Walk, the American Cancer Society, the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the United Way. In addition, we donate medical support and supplies to community clinics and organizations.
The UMHS Community Health Services department is the health system’s “home base” for many community outreach programs. Programs administered through this office include Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, Interpreter Services, Comprehensive Gender Services and the Program for Multicultural Health. Additionally, staff that lead UMHS in the completion of its Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan and that coordinate Community Benefit reporting also reside within the department.