Hospitals Honored for Community Wellness Efforts

Posted on June 28, 2017

Detroit, Ludington and Traverse City Facilities Recognized

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) will present its 2017 Ludwig Community Benefit Award to three of its member hospitals’ programs during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on June 29. The honorees include programs led by Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Sinai-Grace Hospital; Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital; and Munson Medical Center, Traverse City. The award is named in memory of Patric E. Ludwig, a former MHA president who championed investing in the community’s overall health, and is presented to member organizations integrally involved in collaborative programs to improve the health and well-being of area residents. Each winner will receive $3,000 from the MHA Health Foundation to assist in its health improvement efforts.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital emergency physician Tolulope Sonuyi, MD, founded DLIVE (Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday) in 2014 to stop the cycle of violence among young men in the city of Detroit by treating recurrent violent trauma as a disease process and changing the paradigm about the care of violently injured individuals.

DMC has the first hospital-based violence intervention program in MichiganDLIVE targets the physical, mental and social determinants of the injured individual’s overall health. Injured individuals are screened for enrollment during a “teachable moment” immediately following their trauma. Trained Violence Intervention Specialists conduct a risk/needs assessment of the enrollee before developing a customized therapeutic plan.

The plan addresses short-term needs such as safety provisions, obtaining health insurance and healthcare navigation for follow-up. It also addresses long-term needs like obtaining a general equivalency diploma, enrolling in a vocational program or substance abuse counseling. Participants are connected to appropriate community organizations, which play a critical role in the long-term healing and development of protective factors for DLIVE participants. Clients typically complete the program in six to 12 months, after obtaining the skills and community connections to independently continue their progress and rehabilitation toward well-being.

None of the more than 30 participants enrolled since April 2016 has sustained a repeat injury or been incarcerated. More than 80 percent of those without high school diplomas are enrolled in an educational program. DLIVE is leading efforts to make hospital-based violence intervention the standard of care.

For additional information on Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday, contact Bree Glenn, public relations and marketing manager, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, at (313) 966-9835.

Win with Wellness Fit Club, a Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital community collaborative, is designed to take a multidisciplinary, proactive approach to fostering healthy lifestyle choices starting in early childhood. Fit Club is integrated into the school curriculum and provides interactive, developmentally appropriate educational modules during each academic year. Fit Club programming starts in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade, each year building upon an established health curriculum. The goal is to empower youth to take an informed and active role in managing their own health.

A photo from Win with Wellness Fit Club, a Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital community collaborative.Hospital educators partner with 41 community resources to deliver Fit Club programming, serving 3,837 children in three counties and 14 schools. The work is overseen by the Community Health and Wellness Council that is comprised of multidisciplinary community stakeholders. Program effectiveness is measured through in-school fitness assessments and body mass index (BMI) measurements, collected twice each program year to build a longitudinal study. Activity and engagement are determinants of progress, and both have been high. All programming and activities are provided free of charge to partnership schools.

The primary goal for Fit Club is a healthier lifestyle and BMI in children after five years of programming, so when they reach sixth grade they have embedded health habits that will reduce their risk for chronic, preventable diseases. The program will finish its fifth year in 2018-2019, when a positive trend in healthy habits, behaviors and BMIs should be evident.

For more information on the Win with Wellness Fit Club, contact Bill Kerans, communications specialist, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, at (231) 845-3658.

Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, received grant funding in 2016 from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) to implement a fruit and vegetable prescription program. The program was designed to address two community health issues identified through Community Health Needs Assessments in 2013 and 2016 — obesity and limited access to healthy food.

A photo from a Munson Medical Center fruit and vegetable prescription program cooking demoThe prescription program was set up at Munson Family Practice, a local primary care office that mainly serves lower income individuals. The office referred patients diagnosed with chronic diseases, including obesity. The program provided them with up to $100 in vouchers to purchase local fruits and vegetables from participating farmers markets. In addition, a registered dietician and trained chef taught classes at the market on nutrition and basic cooking skills.

More than 170 eligible participants enrolled in the pilot year, and those who completed the program self-reported several statistically significant improvements. They said their health improved and that they were eating more fruits and vegetables, had more confidence, and were more motivated to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.

For fiscal year 2017, the MDHHS awarded continuation funding to expand the program to a second provider office, which is a federally qualified health center. Two additional sources provided funding to expand the program to pediatric offices and to another county. Program staff will conduct a sustainability assessment in 2017 to determine long-term financial plans for the program.

For more information on the fruit and vegetable prescription program, contact Christina Nowak, manager, community health, Munson Medical Center, at (231) 935-9256.


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