The Wrap podcast: How Community Health Services teamed up to serve families in need

April 1, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Many of the factors that influence an individual’s health are related to the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age — as well as the complex, interrelated social and cultural conditions, and societal structures that shape these conditions.

These factors are known as the social determinants of health.

Through work with local community partner agencies in Ypsilanti, Michigan Medicine Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH) staff found that the COVID-19 pandemic devastated local families and increased impact of those social determinants. Local families are experiencing worse negative impact and an increased need for support. Families with young children are experiencing intensified adverse outcomes such as homelessness, economic instability, premature birth and COVID-19 infections. Moreover, negative impacts are disproportionately affecting families of color who live in the Ypsilanti community. 

Dropping off supplies at SOS.

In an effort to support families’ increased needs, PMCH — which is part of Michigan Medicine’s Department of Community Health Services (CHS) — partnered with SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti to launch a Baby Supply Drive.

Through the campaign, donations of Pack ‘n Plays, diapers, diaper bags, baby bottles, blankets and other essentials were collected.

Response to the campaign resulted in a windfall of generous donations from CHS staff and others that included 6 Pack ‘n Plays, 600+ diapers and wipes, 15 diaper bags each filled with diapers, wipes, rash cream, bottles, baby blankets, baby thermometers, baby clothing and an assortment of other essentials!

On the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast, a CHS-PMCH team member, SOS staff member and an SOS program participant discussed the importance of the campaign and how it will impact community members moving forward.

Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player at the bottom of the page. (Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open this story in a new browser or search for The Wrap on your personal device to take a listen).

Wide-ranging outreach

The Baby Supply Drive was just one of several community outreach, health promotion and health education initiatives PMCH has launched recently to address the disproportionate impact on Ypsilanti communities.

These programs fit into PMCH’s organizational mission, which is to develop culturally responsive initiatives in partnership with communities that enhance overall health and well-being by increasing knowledge, skills and health equity.

PMCH’s overall goal is to ensure optimum health outcomes for all, through equitable health care services and communities that support health.

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