September 21, 2014

Busy, busy, busy. That’s September. The Immunization Project-in-a-Day is well underway. The MSMS Alliance is fortunate to receive a grant from the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation which will assist our County Alliances in underwriting their projects. The grant request instructions are here on the website. Already three counties have projects that are either completed or in the count down stages and more are being developed.

On September 13th, the Muskegon Alliance hosted a public forum called “Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies”. Pat Krehn, RN, BSN (Childhood Immunization), Andy Mann (Cyber Bullying) and Dr. Rich Goltz (Childhood Obesity) gave 15 minute presentations at the new downtown Farmers Market. The program ran twice between 9 and 10:30 am. Students from Mona Shores High School videotaped the sessions and the Muskegon County Alliance plans to post them to YouTube for even greater exposure.

The Tri County Alliance presented “Deciphering the Facts and Myths about Childhood Immunization: A Community Forum” on September 15th at the Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City. Melissa Smith moderated a panel of physicians who covered the facts and common myths about childhood immunizations. A question and answer session followed.

Kent County’s Alliance has planned an Immunization Conference for October 14th. Their forum focuses on education. Registration is at 9 am at the KISD Conference Center. Three speakers will include: Dr. Mark Hall (Kent County Health Dept.), Dr. Mimi Emig (Infectious Disease, Spectrum Health) and Veronica McNally (Franny Strong Foundation).

Monday, September 22nd at 9:30 am the MSMSA Board of Directors will meet at the MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing. If you are a County President, an MSMSA Officer or Director, or a Committee Chair, you are a member of the Board of Directors. On the other hand, the Board meetings are open to all Alliance members. After our business meeting, guest speaker Mark de Roo from Keystone Coaching and Consulting will speak on “Old Geezers & Hot Wired Upstarts: Multiple Generations in Your Organization”. His focus will be attracting new members, especially younger members. I hope his presentaion will benefit our organization- and he’s a funny guy. Presidents, P/E’s and membership chairs are encouraged to attend. Lunch will follow.

Remember to keep on walking.

Nancy Fody, MSMSA president