By Robert E. Mattler, Independent correspondent for GreeningDetroit.com, Attorney and Michigan Board Member, USGBC
I. Fourth Annual Energy Summit at JW Marriott in Grand Rapids MI – April 18 2018
The 4th annual statewide Michigan Energy Summit took place on Wednesday April 18th with over 250 participants and awards for those building owners and businesses who reduced their energy consumption in a statewide “Battle of the Buildings” competition. While a friendly competition, the year long effort to reduce energy consumption at buildings around the state actually awards not just building owners, but communities who benefit from cleaner air, more productive and comfortable buildings with enhanced building values. More
The Detroit City Council Green Task Force will recognize 20 local businesses and residents who are bold thinkers and innovative leaders in changing the green landscape of Detroit on Earth Day, April 21. Awardees, from each City Council District, include Detroiters actively involved in community gardening, recycling, and sustainable living initiatives and a business bringing energy efficient solutions to buildings in Detroit.
To help address the opioid epidemic affecting the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted a statewide conference for 150 public safety and public health professionals today, April 17.
The Public Safety and Public Health Opioid Conference in Lansing featured state and national experts discussing the issues of addiction, law enforcement practices, naloxone use and first responder precautions. Best practices were shared, including presentations from Monroe and Macomb counties. Participants also had opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders from across the state.
“This conference is a strong step towards helping our communities work together to fight the opioid epidemic,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “By sharing lessons learned and best practices, we will continue to address this public health threat with a united front in the most effective ways possible.”
Sessions and speakers included:
Opioid Addiction: What it is and How to Treat it – Dr. Debra Pinals, medical director, Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs, MDHHS
The Evolving Epidemiology of HIV-Infected Persons Who Inject Drugs: Lessons Learned from Indiana 2015 – Dr. John Brooks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Role of Medicaid and Other MDHHS Programs in Addressing the Opioid Crisis – Lynda Zeller, senior deputy director, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, MDHHS
Michigan Response to the Opioid Epidemic: The Naloxone Standing Order – Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive, MDHHS
Law Enforcement: Fighting the Opioid Crisis Through a Harm Reduction Model – Det. Sgt. Ron Martin, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
First Responder Precautions for Unknown Opioids – Dr. William Fales, Division of EMS and Trauma, MDHHS
Similar to the rest of the nation, Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths. From 1999 to 2016, 7,300 people have died from an opioid overdose with more than 60 percent of those deaths occurring since 2010.
For more information about opioids and the steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit Michigan.gov/stopoverdoses. For information about available drug treatment services, visit Michigan.gov/bhrecovery.
Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, announces the release of a valuable new tool to support student health.
The Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ provides early childhood educators with age-appropriate health promoting activities. The early childhood module complements the K-12 modules of the nationally recognized Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum, and provides an emphasis on family involvement.
LAHC-Leaders Advancing & Helping Communities is pleased to announce its plans to award $100,000 in scholarships to area students at a SOLD-OUT event! LAHC’s 30th Annual Awards Gala is scheduled to take place this upcoming Thursday April 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Edward Hotel and Conference Center in Dearborn. Nearly 1200 leaders of the corporate, government and grassroots community will attend this prestigious event.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposal for community organizations to provide residential lead hazard control services to Medicaid-enrolled residents.
Grants up to $1.5 million are available for qualifying cities, counties, consortiums or non-profit organizations to provide lead hazard control services. The Healthy Homes Section of MDHHS hopes to fund up to two grantees to provide these services in Michigan communities.
Services available for funding under this initiative include, but are not limited to, the following:
Creation and maintenance of an Enrollee Engagement Plan, including targeted outreach and promotion of covered services to prioritized Medicaid-enrolled residents.
Preparation, lead inspection, risk assessment and/or elevated blood lead investigation and lab sampling analysis activities to determine the presence of lead hazards.
Abatement or interim controls, where necessary, of lead-based paint and lead dust hazards from an eligible residence.
Removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to the eligible residence property line.
Lead in water sampling and plumbing abatement per MDHHS Residential Lead Hazard Control-Lead in Water Protocol.
Minimal rehabilitation to the extent the work will extend the life of lead abatement work.
Temporary relocation of residents during lead abatement activities, when appropriate.
Building local workforce capacity to safely and effectively abate lead hazards.
Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by May 15, 2018 at 3 p.m. The program period begins Oct. 1, 2018 and ends Sept. 30, 2019.
For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select “About EGrAMS” link in the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “LHCD-2019” grant program.
Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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