Community Outreach - College of Health Professions
Clinics Provide Primary Care Services
UDM’s McAuley Health Center clinics on both the eastside and northwest side of Detroit provided primary care and community outreach services to nearly 1,550 indigent and underserved individuals, resulting in 2,884 patient visits in 2013.
Faculty, Students, Alumni Volunteer Services
Faculty, students and alumni have continued to provide service and volunteerism to community–based organizations throughout the city, inclusive of health screening and physical exams, and outreach activities to underserved populations. In addition, faculty and administrators performed research this past year to address areas related to the community, underserved populations, access to care and critical health indicators. Research areas included health literacy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, women’s health and financial outcomes.
UDM Donates to Guyana Hospital and Nursing School
Faculty, staff and students from UDM's College of Health Professions (CHP) met David Jimenez, CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in the South American capitol city of Georgetown, Guyana and filled his van with donations for the hospital and for the Mercy School of Nursing in Guyana. Donations included hospital supplies and equipment as well as textbooks and instructional materials. McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) faculty involved in the project included Associate Professor Maureen Anthony, Assistant Professor Jean Gash and Associate Professor Mary Kelly, RSM, who serves on the board of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana.
Photo: MSON faculty members Maureen Anthony, left, and Sr. Mary Kelly, right, with David Jimenez (second from right), CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana, and a colleague, after loading a van with hospital and nursing school donations.
Nursing Students Record Oral Histories of Area Elders
Forty University of Detroit Mercy undergraduate nursing students interviewed and recorded the oral histories of 15 African-American elders residing at the Samaritan Manor, a long-term residential skilled nursing facility in Detroit.
The students were trained to perform elder-specific life reviews by utilizing the StoryCorps method. When completed, the residents were presented with an edited digital copy of their oral history and a scrapbook. Digital copies were submitted to the StoryCorps project for archival within the American Folk life section of the Library of Congress. The project was the idea of UDM junior nursing student David Gakstatter.
Engineering and Nursing Students Serve Disabled Clients
UDM Engineering students teamed up once again with Nursing students to develop capstone engineering design projects that directly benefit people with disabilities. Two of the design project clients -- both military veterans -- came to campus last month to take delivery of the assistive devices designed especially for them. Students from Baylor University in Texas also participated in the project.
Photo: From left, UDM Mechanical Engineering senior Andrew Diefenbach, client Brad Nestor and engineering teammates from Baylor University, during the capstone design client presentations, May 15 in the Engineering Building high bay.
The S.O.U.P. Spoon is an entrepreneurial project developed by UDM engineering and nursing students. It won the "On Your Mark" award at the Launch Detroit "summer boot camp" event for aspiring technology-based business start-ups. For more information on the Launch Detroit event, see the Techtown Detroit site.