Ingham County Health Department Celebrates 75th Anniversary
The Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) celebrated its 75th anniversary last week with a number of guests, including Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. The health department offers an array of programs and services through its Federally Qualified Health Centers, Ingham County Community Health Centers, and serves as a medical home to thousands of children and adults in the Lansing area. ICHD began in 1938 with a staff of 12 individuals. The health department has played a pivotal role in helping to keep residents healthy by preventing the spread of disease, immunizing thousands of infants and school children, ensuring safe drinking water, assisting pregnant mothers in healthy birth outcomes, promoting oral health, and building capacity in and empowering community agencies and coalitions to help make walking paths and neighborhoods safer.
Hackley Community Care Center Recognized for Maternal/Child Health Efforts
Hackley Community Care Center was selected for and honored with the Doug Paterson Award at the 2013 Michigan Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) Conference for its tireless efforts to support, promote, and advocate for women, children, infants, and families. HMHB is a statewide coalition, developed in 1984, for organizations and individuals to address maternal/child health issues and the high infant mortality rate in Michigan. HMHB’s mission is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies, and families through education and collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations. HMHB advocates for policy and funding that supports the health of women, infants, children and families, and serves as a resource for elected and department officials advocating for positive outcomes for women, infants, children and families. The Doug Paterson Award recognizes organizations that advocate for women, infants, children and their families. Doug Paterson, as part of the Michigan Department of Community Health, was the first group to be recognized for their efforts by HMHB. The award was named after him, and an organization is selected and presented with the award at each HMHB educational conference. Doug Paterson is currently Chief State Policy Director at the Michigan Primary Care Association.
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