Mosaic Connections builds relationships
with community resources
Over the course of the past several months we have been participating in community agency events and coalitions that provide resources for those in the communities we serve. It has been a remarkable experience learning about the resources that are available and the phenomenal organizations and individuals who are dedicated to providing support for a wide variety of different needs. In this newsletter we would like to share with you some of the groups that we have become a part of (*) or have learned about.
*The Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition: www.interfaithhelphope.org, which states on its’ website; “The Coalition cultivates a network of interconnected faith-based, health care organizations that work together to build capacity for strong healthy communities, providing health education and social policy information, advocacy, increasing access to health services, and promoting wellness”. On February 7th they sponsored a conference at St. John Providence Hospital entitled, Steering Healthcare: Destination Well Being. A Healthy Living Conference. The seminar provided a wealth of information about what is available in the community. The following is some of the information presented that we would like to pass along to you:
Commonwealth: www.micommonwealth.com. This is a website that provides impressive access to resources and includes information about community events. It is also an opportunity to network job postings and training, relay announcements by agencies about new program offerings and even provides a forum to post questions about specific resource needs.
Greater Detroit Area Health Council: www.GDAHC.org. This organization has been a regional healthcare initiative for 75 years and is part of the roll out of some extraordinary programs such as;
Choosing Wisely, www.choosingwisely.org, an initiative of ABIM (the American Board of Internal Medicine) aimed at reducing the use of unnecessary and potentially harmful tests and procedures by, in part, providing five key questions for individuals to ask their healthcare provider before getting a test or procedure.
Find MI Care, www.findmicare.org, a website that that provides information about free and low cost clinics, their locations, hours, etc. and can be searched by community area or zip code. It can be used by agencies serving their clients as well as being accessible by individuals via phone app.
The GDAHC has also helped to produce some great videos and provide supportive information about pre diabetes with its, Health Around the Corner: Diabetes Prevention program.
Within the community at large we have found that there are many interconnections between a variety of organizations and the people who participate in them. Many of our new contacts are excited to hear about Mosaic Connections mission and have linked us with other outstanding resources.
*Senior Coordinating Aging Network of Wayne County, Inc., www.scangroup.org. This organization meets every other month at rotating locations. It is a dynamic group made up of a wide variety of professionals and individuals from private, public, or nonprofit organizations serving older adults.
Hope Dementia Ministry, LLC., www.HopeDementiaMinistry.com, a faith-based, non-denominational organization that provides education and motivational workshops for caregivers who are facing the challenges of caring for loved ones with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
StarForUM, www.stmarymercy.org/starforum, began as a means to improve the trasition of care process that takes place between senior facilites and the ED, in both directions. This organization has taken the safety and well being of seniors seriously by prioritizing the communication that needs to occur and producing documentation that assures continuity of care.
*Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (CAA), www.waynemetro.org, whose mission is to “empower low-income people and strengthen communities throughout Wayne County. This agency has dozens of programs that assist with utilities, nutrition education, homeless prevention and family and literacy education. Mosaic will be presenting to this group in the March 10th meeting.
Mowtown Soup, www.mowtownsoup.com, an organization made up of 100% volunteers who make and sell dry soups and other food items. Profits go to Michigan charities, of which $600,000.00 has been distributed over the last 11 years.
These organizations and affiliations represent just a sample of what our Mosaic Connections staff have personally come in contact with or have been referred to. It is amazing to have found within our communities an outstanding host of dedicated people who truly understand that it is our connections that provide the answers to some of the greatest needs that exist for an individual, a family unit, or an underserved community.
Mosaic Connection, like all of the above named resources, also has a mission to provide the professional and compassionate support needed throughout the healthcare life span, with a special emphasis on the needs that take place right up through life’s final moments.