College supports Cover the Uninsured Week
University of Detroit Mercy was one of 300 agencies, organizations, and institutions in Michigan that supported the 2004 Cover the Uninsured Week activities, May 10-16. The campaign helped to raise awareness and develop strategies to reverse the disturbing trend of people without health coverage.
The week began with a press conference on Monday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in UDM’s Ward Conference Center, Outer Drive Campus. City of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other local, state, and national elected officials as well as a diverse group of community leaders, attended the press conference to highlight new data on the uninsured and efforts to find a solution.
On Thursday, May 13, University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions and United Way Community Services co-hosted the Cover the Uninsured Week Campus Outreach Event in the Health Science Building on the Outer Drive Campus. The forum featured speakers discussing the issues facing the uninsured with an audience of dental, nursing and physician assistant students. The speakers included Lucille Smith, Executive Director, Voices of Detroit Initiative (VODI), and Mary Ellen Howard, RSM, director of Cabrini Clinic in Detroit.
On Sunday, May 16, staff and students from UDM’s McAuley Nurse Managed Health Center assisted in providing health screenings at the “Keep Detroit Healthy Expo” at Ford Field. The event focused on prevention and wellness for metropolitan Detroit residents. Activities and events included: free health screenings, enrollment opportunities, exercise and fitness, nutrition, giveaways, children’s activities, entertainment, sports celebrities, and an Interfaith program.