Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.










Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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2011 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Winners Announced

2011 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Winners Announced











Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 19, 2011

HealthLeaders Media, the leading provider of healthcare business information to healthcare executives, has announced the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award winners for 2011.

The Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award program is in its eighth year. The program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams. This year, HealthLeaders Media recognized outstanding leadership teamwork at three hospitals and one medical group practice.

“The Top Leadership Teams program was founded on the premise that the core value for every successful healthcare organization must be teamwork—this year’s winners certainly demonstrate that concept,” says Gienna Shaw, a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media, who oversaw this year’s program.

The 2011 winners are

    Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ, for Large Hospitals and Health Systems
    Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA, for Community and Mid-Sized Hospitals
    Johnson County Community Hospital, Mountain City, TN, for Small Hospitals
    ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, Tarrytown, NY, for Medical Group Practices

“Everyone involved in selecting this year’s winners was so impressed with the hard work that these leadership teams did to make significant changes at their organizations. Each one has a compelling and unique story—but their experiences also hold lessons for all healthcare organizations that want to improve their patients’ experience, the quality and patient safety of their clinical care, and their business operations,” Shaw said.

Winners are judged on the team’s overall leadership culture, its ability to overcome challenges, and its ability to demonstrate successes that result from outstanding leadership teamwork. Only one winner per category receives this national honor each year. This year, the categories included:

    Large Hospitals and Health Systems (500 or more licensed beds)
    Community and Mid-Sized Hospitals (100–499 licensed beds)
    Small Hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds)
    Medical Group Practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians)

The winning organizations will be profiled in the October issue of HealthLeaders magazine. For more information about the winners, go to: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content_redirect.cfm?content_id=269808

HealthLeaders Media

HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, is a leading multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals. As an integrated media company, HealthLeaders Media includes HealthLeaders magazine, HealthLeadersMedia.com, the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, HealthLeaders Media Rounds events, HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs reports, and California HealthFax. All entities may be found online at http://www.healthleadersmedia.com.

The HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit is the premier source for executive healthcare business research, and is powered by the HealthLeaders Media Council, made up of select members of the HealthLeaders Media audience of more than 240,000 healthcare executives. HealthLeaders magazine, awarded 2010 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, is the premiere resource for information on management trends, innovations, market strategies, and organizational development for more than 40,000 healthcare executives and senior decision-makers every month. Award-winning HealthLeadersMedia.com is the healthcare industry’s destination of choice for online news and analysis.

HealthLeaders Media is the winner of 16 awards in 2011 from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) including:

    2 Gold Awards for Breakthroughs (Best Digital Magazine)
    Best Original Research: HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey
    Best Feature Series: HealthLeaders Service Lines

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International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Receives NSF international 2011 Food Safety Leadership Trendsetter Award

International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI)
Receives NSF international 2011 Food Safety Leadership
Trendsetter Award












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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Vocus/PRWEB) April 17, 2011

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), the leader in delivering career-spanning, standards-based food protection training, will be awarded the 2011 NSF Food Safety Leadership Trendsetter Award at the Food Safety Summit on April 20, 2011. Today’s announcement from NSF International, recognizes IFPTI as a first year program leading the charge in food safety leadership, initiative, and laudable accomplishments.

IFPTI has trained over 1,300 food protection professionals from 47 states and provided emergency training for regulators and industries responding to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, through a multidisciplinary curriculum team, IFPTI is developing the first-ever national curriculum for the integrated food safety system.

The NSF Food Safety Leadership Award was created to recognize leaders in foodservice who have made a real and lasting impact in food safety. Each year, NSF International seeks nominations from throughout the food safety community and convenes an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community to select the winners. Nominations are evaluated based on creativity, innovation, design and the contributions made to the advancement of food safety.

“Our team is honored to receive this award from NSF International”, said Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director of IFPTI. “It is a privilege to be recognized by our colleagues in the food protection community. There is great work being done to integrate the food safety system and training is a key component for its success.”

“IFPTI has trained over 1,300 food protection professionals from 47 states through a multidisciplinary curriculum team,” said Tom Chestnut, Vice President, NSF International Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality. “I congratulate Gerald and his team for their ongoing commitment to food safety training.”

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (http://www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF’s Food Safety Programs offer a total food safety solution to growers, processors, distributors, retailers and food-service operators, as well as food equipment and beverage manufacturers. NSF services include training and education, certification to Global Food Safety Standards (e.g. SQF, BRC, GlobalGAP, FSSC, etc), auditing and registration services such as ISO 22000.

Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

About IFPTI

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization building and administering the training infrastructure for the nation’s integrated food safety system.

Working with federal regulatory and public health officials, IFPTI is establishing and overseeing the implementation of a career-spanning food protection training curriculum that will increase capacity, and assure competency and equivalency throughout all regulatory jurisdictions in meeting established U.S. federal food safety standards.

IFPTI is a member of the GFPI global initiative, a knowledge-exchange and resource-development network seeking to influence the adoption of food protection practices and policies in pursuit of a safe, secure, and healthy food supply.

Financial support for IFPTI is provided by a grant from the Food and Drug Administration, and through the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

IFPTI Contact:                                     NSF Contact:        

Joan Bowman                                Greta Houlahan         

269-350-1811 (cell)                            734-913-5723 (direct)    

joan(dot)bowman(at)ifpti(dot)org                     houlahan(at)nsf(dot)org

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