On October 30th, UM State Outreach provided a ‘trunk’ for the American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) ‘Trunk or Treat’ event in Detroit. UM staff, Dana Sitzler and Steve Erskine, UM students Dylan Smith and Gabby May and EMU students Alex Ford and Tom Klemm participated in the family oriented evening. There was a bouncy house, games and face painting followed by the key attraction, trick or treating at the decorated vehicles in the parking lot for healthy treats. There was a car decorated with a circus theme, Peter Rabbit in his garden gave out carrots, and of course the UM vehicle where a ‘go blue’ was sure to get a goody.
The university has an on-going relationship with AIHFS through the state outreach office and its work with the Tribal Health Directors consortium. University of Michigan students have served as interns and volunteers for the organization for many years. American Indian Health & Family Services is a non-profit health center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families and other underserved populations in southeast Michigan through culturally grounded health and family services.