1. Regents’ and President’s Tailgate Features Initiatives that Support the Military and Veterans

    Mark Rivett posted September 10, 2019

    On September 7th, The University of Michigan welcomed community relations guests to the Regents’ and President’s Tailgate ahead of the Michigan vs Army game. This event offered guests an opportunity to talk with University of Michigan President Mark Schissel, Vice President for Government Relations Cynthia Wilbanks, and other members of University leadership. Also featured at the event were a number of initiatives that support the military and our veterans. Representatives from the following programs shared their work:

    Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care

    Each year, 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): disruption in brain function often caused by head trauma. Department of Defense service members and families represent the largest U.S. population suffering from the effects of TBI. In addition, hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield and in civilian trauma. Through a collaborative partnership, between the U.S. Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program and the University of Michigan’s Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, new innovations in therapeutics, diagnostic devices, and digital health solutions will transform the way we diagnose, treat, and monitor TBI and hemorrhagic shock.

    Center For Integrative Research in Critical Care

    Professor Kevin R. Ward, Director of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. Dr. Ward is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps.

    “MCIRCC is honored to have the tremendous privilege of bringing the Michigan difference to improve the combat casualty care we provide our heroes on the battlefield”. – Professor Kevin R. Ward

    Michigan Concussion Center

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers concussions (mild traumatic brain injury) an epidemic. Four million concussions occur each year in the United States, and University of Michigan researchers, clinicians, and educators at the Michigan Concussion Center are focus on addressing the concussion crisis that has emerged over the previous decade.

    Michigan Concussion Center

    From left to right: Research Core Director, James Eckner; Concussion Center Director Steve Broglio; graduate student, Allyssa Memmini; and Deputy Director Carrie Morton

    “The university has a long history of research excellence, and we’re looking forward to bringing together forward-thinking faculty and staff to move the needle on concussion research. I believe the Center will contribute important findings to the national and international concussion discussion.” – Director Steve Broglio  

    Military Support Programs and Networks

    Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) is a portfolio of initiatives within the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry dedicated to military and veteran mental health and wellness. M-SPAN integrates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and decreasing isolation, and includes the design and delivery of programs for service members, veterans and military families. Programs include:

    • Buddy-to-Buddy: Outreach, support, and linkage to resources for service members and veterans
    • Peer Advisors for Veteran Education: Outreach, peer support, and linkage to resources for student veterans returning to college on the Post 9-11 GI Bill
    • Strong Military Families: Parenting skills and support for military and veteran families with young children
    • HomeFront Strong: Resiliency and positive coping skills for military and veteran spouses and partners
    • After Her Service: Resiliency skills and professional development for Post-9/11 female veterans
    Military Support Programs Network

    Alyssa Wealty, University of Michigan Depression Center Communication Specialist

    “Outreach is a major part of our mission, so participating in the President’s and Regents Tailgate is a wonderful way to share our work with lots of new people within the UM community.” – Alyssa Wealty, M-SPAN Communications and Marketing Manager

    Veteran and Military Services

    The mission of the Veteran and Military Services program is to assist military-connected students in their transition to and success at the University of Michigan. The program operates from the Office of Enrollment Management and helps students through outreach, resource direction, peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops, events, advocacy and support for Veteran and Military affiliated student organizations.

    Veteran Military Services

    Philip Larson, Program Director Veteran and Military Services and Alberto Acosta, Student Orientation Assistant

    “We believe Veteran and Military students, faculty and staff are an important part of the University’s larger DEI community.” – Phil Larson, Program Director of Veteran and Military Services.

  2. Common Will Be The Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series Guest Speaker

    Mark Rivett posted August 26, 2019

    Common – an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and multi-Grammy award winning artist, actor, best-selling author, and activist – will be the guest speaker for The Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series.

    The event is sponsored by the Ross School of Business and is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at Hill Auditorium.

    For the past few years, Common has been engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common launched Imagine Justice as a nonprofit in 2018, dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.

    The Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series presents Common

    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    6:30 pm
    Hill Auditorium
    Open to the public


  3. Wolverine Caucus: Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

    Mark Rivett posted July 31, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    It is widely known that diabetes is among the leading causes of death In the United States. And the American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $347 billion in 2017. The financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes continues to increase.

    In this era of medical breakthroughs, new research suggests that those who have developed type 2 diabetes may actually be able to reverse the disease with weight loss, diet changes and exercise! Over the last 20 years, researchers have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of dietary fats and carbohydrates in the development of diabetes. New lower cost technologies that provide users easy and accurate continuous glucose monitoring is dramatically changing the way type 2 diabetes is managed, and this bodes well for future prevention of this disease. Please join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Caroline Richardson as she provides us insightful research on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson; Associate Chair for Research Programs

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson is professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a health services and implementation researcher with a focus on incorporating physical activity promotion into primary care clinical practice for individuals with chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary artery disease, COPD and back pain. Until May 2015, Dr. Richardson was director of the VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center that coordinates implementation research related to diabetes care and diabetes prevention nationally at the VA. Dr. Richardson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1994. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001.


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