2011 Year in Review: Eight Ways the Health Care Law Helps You
Friday, December 30, 2011
2011 Year in Review: Eight Ways the Health Care Law Helps You
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Since arriving here in July, I must say that I have seen a truly inspiring level of collaboration, cooperation, and outright kinship among the people of Clio, Vienna, and Thetford Township when it comes to taking care of its own. This is a community that knows how to pull together to get things done. It is always willing to find a way to make sure that its residents’ basic needs are being met. This sense of community spirit is what drew me to the Clio area to begin with, and it is what will sustain its people through difficult times. We should all take a moment during the holiday season to be grateful to our community leaders, teachers, church and service organization elders, and the police and fire officials who help make Clio a great place to live and work.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Clio Rotary won a prestigious Service Award from the International Rotary office in Chicago for the club's involvement in the Clio Healthy Community Initiative. This is among only a handful of such awards given throughout the United States. The Clio Rotary made a five year commitment to the project, and they have been at every volunteer opportunity including the first town hall meetings and five year planning sessions. Each member of Rotary has participated, but while thinking about the most recent top ten activities of the Initiative, it was easy to identify some key players who are members of Rotary:
- Health Fair and Fitness Expo: The entire club works on this one, and Wanita handles the food truck for over 200 families.
- Family Fun Day: Mike Rozboril has organized this since the beginning and it serves 200-400 kids and adults. Mike Stuart organized the summer activities in the park.
- Regional Planning Board: Henry Hatter and Mike Zinn provide positive leadership.
- Leadership Academy: Now finishing its third year, the entire club works on this one, serving 60 residents every year.
- Under 40's Group: Lindsay Carpenter is one of the new young Clio Rotary Activists. She is also working on saving the pool.
- Human Services Fund: Pastor Roger, Kathy, and others raised and spent $6000 last year for families in need.
- Clio Area Health Center. Two years in the making, the new health center is due, in part because of Henry Hatter's connections with Hamilton, the Old Newsboys and others. Mike Zinn, Jim Tenbusch, and Fay Latture have been key players.
- Clio Recycling: Mike Rozboril, Ned Lockwood, Kaytee Colley, and others are planning and ready to go.
- Healthy Kids Learn Best. Superintendent Jim Tenbusch has been to each meeting and is very supportive.
- Everything Clio.org. This began years ago with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary members Kathy Block, Mary Todd, and Desire.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Complete a community survey on needs and wishes for the pool.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
1. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS.
2. REACH OUT.
3. BE REALISTIC.
4. SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES.
5. STICK TO A BUDGET.
6. PLAN AHEAD.
7. LEARN TO SAY NO.
8. DON’T ABANDON HEALTHY HABITS.
9. TAKE A BREATHER.
10. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP IF YOU NEED IT.
11. DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS BECOME SOMETHING YOU DREAD.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I was reminded that Borden's also carries $1 stuff too; so I went there and bought more shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent to contribute. Borden's does a lot for our community, I know everyone in the store, and I don't know anyone at the other place...so I should have checked local first!
We just have to get it in our heads to check local first. Buy gift cards to local businesses. Look for things with a USA tag on the label. We can do better! Did you see how many thousands of jobs can be created if every American bought one product made in the USA? WOW. We need to do it. I'm fired up for shopping local! How about you?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
As many of us know, the health stats from 2008 are not good for those of us within the 48420 zip code. In fact, our number of overweight folks with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes. and even cancer are higher than in the City of Flint or in other suburbs. The Healthy Community Initiative has been a unique attempt by the Clio Area to get better, but we need to do more on two fronts: 1) keeping track of our progress, and 2) working closely with school children.
We need more research based activities and we need to start with the youth! Squint your eyes a little and we can now imagine a new partnership that can meet those two goals. It's not done yet, but recently, three new developments give me hope that we can do it!
1) After many meetings and conversations since the fall of 2009, a Clio Area Health Center opened October 1st on Vienna Road thanks to Hamilton Community Health Network. This Health Center is a family health center, and because of its federal status, our Clio Area Health Center will serve all residents regardless of the level of income or insurance. Access to health care for every Clio Area resident!
2) The Greater Flint Health Coalition, in late August of this year, provided the Healthy Community Initiative a small grant to work at Carter Middle School to overcome some serious health deficits. The idea is to help 1000 children and families get more fit and eat better by creating a model healthy school building. So far, the new project has found that parents and students are interested in becoming more healthy, but need a little help to get it done. We also know that the need for services may be greater than we had imagined at the beginning.
3) Maybe the most important leg of the three legged stool is the recent designation of Hurley Medical Center as a "Children's Hospital." Most of us know that Hurley is known for dealing with the most at-risk kids, but this designation will enable Hurley to add more children's services, conduct more research, and do more outreach throughout the county.
Now, squint your eyes and imagine a project that creates a model healthy building for 1000 Clio kids and their families that could be duplicated in other school buildings in Clio and throughout the State. Imagine that Hurley's new staff would assist the Carter Middle School project do more research and determine individual health needs; and imagine that the new Clio Health Center would make sure that every child and every parent has health services to meet those needs; and then imagine that the all of our friends work together to develop a new plan based on the data collected.
After nearly four years of work, all three of these developments have happened this fall, and it is like it is meant to be! It's not done yet, but stay tuned at everythingclio.org for more news. Please feel free to go to "contact us" or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.