Flintside News in Brief, March 10, 2021

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Students invited to participate in Genesee Health Plan’s essay contest


Genesee Health Plan is accepting entries for its sixth annual Health Heritage Essay Contest, sponsored by Sovita Credit Union.


The contest is open to all Genesee County students in elementary (grades 5 and 6 only), middle/junior high, and high school, including students in home school or private school.

Students are encouraged to interview one or more of their family members about their family health history and write an essay about their findings, as well as their plans for their personal health and their future health. Students are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn about their family health history, consider their own health and future goals, as well as reflect on the pandemic and its impact on social justice, health, and racial equity.


The specific essay guidelines vary in each age group and can be found online. All essay submissions are due by Wednesday, March 31. Scholarship recipients and Health Heritage Essay Contest winners will be recognized and awarded in August 2021. Information about prizes is also available on the Genesee Health Plan website.


“The Health Heritage Essay Contest is a great opportunity for students to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities in Genesee County and shine a light on its impact on social justice, health and racial equity,” said Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton) in a news release. “The contest also gives them a chance to think about their own health through the lens of their family health history. Last year, Grand Blanc students Azalea McNair and Bianca Ramo shared their personal health stories through the Health Heritage Essay Contest and I hope to see other Grand Blanc and Burton students be recognized this year.”


Essays can be submitted electronically to: [email protected] GHP cannot accept drop-off essay submissions due to the GHP office being closed to the public until further notice. Contact Sherika Finklea at (810) 232-7740 ext. 217 with any questions.


Genesee County hotels planning job fair


As the hospitality industry approaches its busy season in Genesee County, 10 area hotels will meet with job seekers during the Flint & Genesee Virtual Hospitality Job Fair—the first in a series of industry-specific job fairs to be hosted by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce in 2021.


The job fair, which will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., follows a tumultuous year for the hospitality industry. As of December 2020, 63 percent of Michigan hotels reported they had fewer than half of their typical staff working full-time due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association. Now, with social distancing protocols loosening and several conventions and sporting events scheduled soon, local hotels are finding themselves with multiple positions to fill.


The virtual job fair aims to support local hotels by giving them a platform to meet with job seekers. There, they can discuss job opportunities including banquet, front desk, housekeeping and executive housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, night audit, restaurant servers and shuttle drivers.


Employers participating in the event include:


To help prepare job seekers for the event, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce will offer preparation resources in the weeks leading up to the virtual job fair. This includes resume-writing and interview refresher courses on March 27, March 29, March 30 and March 31. Attendees may sign up for one or both sessions during the registration process, although participation in the workshops is not required to attend the job fair.


Given the virtual format of the event, space is limited and registration is required to attend. To register by the April 5 deadline, visit flintandgenesee.org/jobfair.


Medical students, pediatric residents, and Flint Southwestern staff work together to deliver period supplies to high school students


A team of medical students, pediatric residents, and Flint Southwestern High School staff have been working together to deliver over 12,000-period supplies to Flint’s Southwestern High School. Under the direction of Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, this is a project of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative.


The goal of the Period Poverty project is to reduce school absences because of a lack of period supplies and the high cost of obtaining them. An often-ignored public health crisis, nearly one in five girls miss school for lack of period supplies.


“As we finally begin to welcome kids back into the classroom, we are thrilled to provide our students with this additional resource to keep them in class,” said Flint Community School’s nurse Eileen Tomasi in a news release. “Our kids already have so many stresses that make it hard to be in school and to learn; providing period supplies will hopefully be one less worry.”


Period poverty is a term that refers to inaccessibility to menstrual sanitary products due to financial barriers. It is estimated that the total cost of feminine health products over a lifetime is about $18,000. In addition, these items are often subject to sales tax despite being a medical necessity, and government programs for low-income families like WIC and SNAP do not cover the high expense of feminine hygiene products.


Flint students were sent a voluntary survey asking about period poverty and how it may impact them at school. Whether or not they opt into the survey and while supplies last, students can pick up free period supplies at the Southwestern High School food pickups on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from the school nurse office at the high school. Period supplies will be available starting Wednesday, March 10.


The American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) is funding the project. The CATCH Program funds projects where pediatricians and pediatric residents help build broad-based community partnerships to address unmet child health needs with innovative strategies.


Crim announces year-round wellness program


The Crim Fitness Foundation recently announced the launch of Crim365 presented by HAP, a new year-round health and wellness program.


Crim365 brings all aspects of wellness together to help the community with various aspects that include mindfulness, nutrition, community involvement, and running and walking.


Designed to have a true club atmosphere, Crim365 members will receive access to exclusive webinars from industry leaders talking about everything from the latest innovations in training to finding the right nutritional balance and leading a more mindful lifestyle. Members also will get discounts to local business partners, become engaged in private Strava and Facebook groups, and more. The community atmosphere will help participants stay motivated and achieve their goals.


To learn more or register, visit www.Crim.org/365.


Mott, UM-Flint announce new transfer agreements


Mott Community College announced three new transfer agreements with the University of Michigan-Flint Music department. The transfer agreements will allow MCC music majors to directly transfer their community college credits toward a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Arts, or a Bachelor of Music Education degree at UM-Flint. This is in addition to MCC’s standing transfer agreement with the Saginaw Valley State University Music Department.


In order to be a music major at MCC, interested students must: apply to MCC; fill out the online music program application found at www.music.mcc.edu; take the music theory placement; and schedule an audition.


Students interested in pursuing an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Music at Mott and transfer to UM-Flint or SVSU, should contact Dr. Townes Osborn Miller at t[email protected] or the division office at (810) 762-0332.

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