Foundation Funded Integrated Care Program Offers Mental Health Treatment When and Where Children Need It

Patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s General Pediatric and Medicine Clinic typically come for primary care, including wellness visits. But a special and equally important part of their initial visit is a mental health screening to assess behavioral, psychiatric or substance abuse problems. It is the first step in the clinic’s Integrated Care Program, which began with a grant from the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and is now being funded by Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Clinic social workers Victoria Meyring and Karen Gall alert physicians if there are indicators of a mental or behavioral issue based on a Pediatric Symptom Checklist completed by patients and their parents. Clinic pediatricians then decide whether to refer their young patients for treatment provided by psychology doctoral students from Wayne State University, who are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists.

“By being part of a medical clinic, we eliminate the stigma of mental health and financial and accessibility barriers,” says Karen Gall. The psychologist- trainees work with their patients and often their families once or twice a week for as long as necessary. Unlike most mental health treatment covered by public or private insurance, there is no cap on the number of visits—a major advantage, say clinic social workers.

Through support from the Foundation, almost 1,500 patients a year have been screened for mental health conditions and 200 have received treatment, according to Douglas Barnett, Ph.D., professor and director of the Wayne State University Psychology Training Clinic. This program fills an important need, he says, because it is difficult to find mental health services for children, even with health insurance.

Treatment and family education are provided for attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, school phobia, substance abuse, self-harming and suicidal thoughts. “We use research supported treatments and avoid using medication first. A child doesn’t need to have a diagnosis—we are big on prevention. We try to promote kids being more connected and becoming more successful in school,” says Dr. Barnett.

Many patients live in neighborhoods where instability and violence are not uncommon. As a result, some children may have behavioral issues due to trauma, clinic social workers say, and the mental health screening tool includes some special questions—“Has anything scary happened? Do you feel safe in your own home?” The clinic’s physicians, social workers and therapists meet monthly to discuss patients. “I learn if my patient is attending therapy, what the therapeutic goals are and what issues are being worked on. This allows the therapist and clinician to jointly develop a plan to better manage the patient’s overall health and well-being,” says Sharon Marshall, M.D., clinical chief, Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and associate professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University. “By being part of a medical clinic, we eliminate the stigma of mental health and financial and accessibility barriers.” pediatrics at Wayne State University. “The mind and body are equally important, and many physical conditions have behavioral components,” says Dr. Barnett. The program’s atmosphere is very optimistic, he says, because “kids get better.”

Shopping For A Cause with Shinola Detroit!

On Wednesday, March 7th the Foundation hosted our first Shopping For A Cause event at Shinola Detroit! A portion of the proceeds from event night benefitted the Foundation and our efforts to improve the health and wellness of children. Purchases throughout the night included a limited-edition Copenhagen bicycle, diamond jewelry, watches, and journals.

Some of our guests included, Luanne Thomas-Ewald, CEO of DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Leslie Love, State Representative, and Ron Fournier, Publisher for Crain’s Detroit Business. We would like to thank everyone who came and made the night a huge success. Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Shopping For A Cause event! To view all photos, visit our image gallery here. 

State Representative Leslie Love pictured above with CHMF Staff

Luanne Thomas-Ewald, CEO of DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan pictured above with CEO & President of the Foundation, Lawrence J. Burns

Ron Fournier, Publisher for Crain’s Detroit Business pictured above with CEO & President of the Foundation, Lawrence J. Burns

 

2/28/18 Rare Disease Day

Each year, the last day of February is recognized as Rare Disease Day. At Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, we are proud to support research and programs that enhance the health and wellness of children. Today, in honor of Rare Disease Day, we’re highlighting one of the programs we support that aims to make an impact on a rare disease.

The Foundation supports an annual Metabolic Clinic 2017 PKU (phenylketonuria) Picnic.

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare condition in which your body cannot break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. Amino acids help build protein in your body. Without treatment, phenylalanine builds up in the blood and causes health problems. The approximate incident rate of PKU in the US is 0.01%. This means about 74 infants every day are diagnosed with PKU.

The purpose of the Metabolic Clinic PKU picnic allows patients and families dealing with PKU the opportunity to come together and grow educational opportunities and support groups.

Through our efforts, we encourage patients and their families to continue treatment for low protein and amino acid disorders and assist them with their dietary needs. We hope to encourage patients to return to diet and seek medical treatment and diet management.

Making Hospitals A Less Scary Place Through Partnerships and Passion 

January 21, 2017 – Detroit, Mich.— Since 2007, Spirit Halloween, the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country, has raised more than $349,466 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, to support the Child Life program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. A hospital can be a scary place for an adult, let alone a child. Child Life programs, funded through the Spirit of Children program work to make the hospital look like and feel less scary.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation distributed coupons in the weeks leading up to the Halloween holiday, for families to shop at Spirit Halloween stores. With each purchase where the coupons were used, Spirit Halloween donated 10 percent of the sale to the Foundation. This year, the Foundation was awarded $55,886 towards the Child Life Department.

We are thankful to Spirit Halloween and the Spirit of Children program for their generosity.” stated Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Their continued support allows us to provide support for important programs and services that improve the health and wellness of children.”

The Cardiac Home Monitoring Program

The Cardiac Home Monitoring Program

 

Supporting Groundbreaking Pediatric Health Research to Improve the Care of High-Risk Infants with Heart Defects

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is proud to support the Cardiac Home Monitoring Project. Since 2015, this project has received over $263,000 in grant funding.

Parents of high-risk infants with heart defects can take their babies home from Children’s Hospital of Michigan with peace of mind, thanks to a Ticker Tracker app made possible with the generous support of Hope for Hearts and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The app links families to the hospital, where staff can track infants’ vital signs in real time.

The aim of the cardiac home-monitoring program is to keep vulnerable infants with complex cardiac conditions alive and well before and after the multiple heart surgeries these infants will need. Studies have found dramatically reduced mortality rates among fragile cardiac patients who are part of home-monitoring programs at other children’s hospitals, says Colette Squire, RN, BSN, and nurse coordinator for Children’s Hospital’s home-monitoring program.

Over two years, 24 patients have been enrolled in the program. At the end of 2017, 10 patients were participating, with five families using the Ticker Tracker app on loaned iPads. Parents can transmit the baby’s daily feedings, urine/bowel output, weight, and pulse oximetry readings through the app. Squire and doctors review the data and call families if they see anything of concern — “before they get really, really sick,” Squire says.

Jessia Lee is using a Ticker Tracker for her infant son, Lovell. Born without a tricuspid valve, Lovell spent five months in the hospital after his first surgery. He’ll need another surgery around his first birthday and a third around age 3. The monitoring program allows Lovell to be at home while still receiving closely monitored care.

Lee, 26, of Taylor says the program has been easy to use and alerts her if Lovell’s readings are off. So far, it flagged two infections that sent Lovell to the hospital for treatment. “It’s helped us a lot,” Lee says. “It feels good that you’re directly connected to the hospital.”

Squire is thankful for the generous support of donors to the program — and ultimately, for helping children get to the point where they can have a normal childhood. “We have one (child), she’s a year out now,” Squire says. “To see her just up and running, it is just amazing.”

 

Camp Kangaroo: Bereavement Camp helps kids develop coping skills

1 in 9 Americans experiences the death of a parent before they turn 20, while 1 in 7 loses either a parent or a sibling. The loss of a loved one is especially difficult for children. That’s where Camp Kangaroo steps in. Camp Kangaroo is a Season’s Hospice nationwide bereavement camp offered to children in the community who have recently suffered the death of a loved one.

In partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Camp Kangaroo is offered to any bereaved child ages 5-18 in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties who need bereavement support. The camp is facilitated by trained clinical staff and dedicated volunteers from Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Michigan and the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Serving metro Detroit in its third year, Camp Kangaroo aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for children to express their emotions and learn about effective coping strategies. Conversely, the camp facilitates an adult group for parents and guardians to learn how to support their children at home.

The three-day long camp focuses on providing education about death, providing peer support and help them engage in creative activities to honor their loved ones and begin to move through their grief.

This year’s camp welcomed 21 children to Madison High School and included a variety of music, exercise, art and writing therapy.

On the last day of camp, parents and guardians are invited to attend a graduation ceremony. Children share their work with the crowd and sing their Camp Song. The Camp Song is focused on their ideas and feeling about their grief journey and is intended to nurture hope and strength.

Camp Kangaroo is a Season’s Hospice program that is supported in part by CHMF.

 

Get Tied To A Cause!

Show your support for pediatric cancer programs with bow ties and scarves!
The bow tie has been a fashion icon of the well-dressed for many decades.The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has combined this increasingly popular style with the cause of raising awareness of the work of the CHM Foundation, as well as raising funds to support pediatric cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The design for this bow tie and scarf was inspired by a Children’s Hospital of Michigan patient.

Order your bow tie or scarf here.

Giving Tuesday: A Day for Everyone, Everywhere, to GIVE!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this day kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year.

Join the movement with our 3 Ways to Give:

Purchase a Ticket to the Sixth Annual Cheers for Children Event
Leaders for Kids, in affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Cheers for Children event! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Make a donation!
Your contribution will provide resources needed to conduct life-saving pediatric research, advocate for children and their safety, and help educate future generations of health care professionals.

Show your support for pediatric cancer programs with bow ties and scarves!
The bow tie has been a fashion icon of the well-dressed for many decades.The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has combined this increasingly popular style with the cause of raising awareness of the work of the CHM Foundation, as well as raising funds to support pediatric cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The design for this bow tie and scarf was inspired by a Children’s Hospital of Michigan patient.

To pre-order your bow ties and scarves send us an email here.

 

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Hosts Legislative Roundtable

Nearly two dozen local, county and state officials learned about the future direction of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation August 15 at the first-ever Legislative Roundtable at the Detroit Athletic Club.  Foundation staff were joined by several board members in a lively discussion about the organizations emerging health priority areas and ways these elected and appointed leaders could support the work of the Foundation.

The Roundtable kicked off with a welcome from Dave Coulter, Director of External Affairs for the Foundation, followed by an update on the Foundation’s new strategic direction presented by Foundation President and CEO, Lawrence J. Burns.

“Hosting this Legislative Roundtable was extremely timely and important.  As the Foundation plans to make a bigger difference in the community, meeting with elected officials is a great starting point,” stated Burns.

For the discussion portion of the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the major issues children face in their communities and districts.   Throughout the conversation, several topics seemed to be prevalent in all districts, including mental health, childhood obesity, youth activities and programming to support children and their  families.

“The feedback provided from today’s discussion will help us narrow the priority areas to focus on the major issues within the community to help make a bigger impact in Michigan,” said Coulter.

The Foundation plans to host future Legislative Roundtables to continue the discussions and to engage other communities and leaders about the pediatric health and wellness issues of importance to them.

“The future of our Foundation is to be seen as a community foundation for children,” said Burns. “These leaders can help us make Michigan a great place to raise children.”

To learn more about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, visit chmfoundation.org.  

            

Shower of Love Holds Their 17th Event

In 1991, Cathy Hasse and her three childhood friends decided they wanted to give back to the community but didn’t know how. They quickly researched potential opportunities and discovered the Clothes Closet at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Hasse and friends came up with the idea of holding a baby shower themed event called Showers of Love. An event that was originally planned to be a one-time endeavor, now in its 17th year, has volunteers donating clothes and gift cards for families and children in need.

A dedicated long-time volunteer was honored at the event on May 24, 2017 at the Italian American Banquet and Conference Center. Heather Remo – a woman in her 90s –donates her time and various clothing items each year.This year, she hand knitted 60 pairs of booties for this event. Cathy claims that it is volunteers like Heather that makes the event successful. She is proud to claim, “all of the money we raise goes to children.”

Children Hospital of Michigan Foundation proudly supports the Clothes Closet at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This service provides casual clothing, outerwear, and layette items to hospitalized patients and families in need. For more information, please visit our website at www.chmfoundation.org.