Health and Wellness Block Party at our Larkins ELC

August 25th, 2011
Rosalva Moorman, who directs our Infant Mental Health program, helps Justin Jaime, 9 months, with drumming.

More than 500 people, including 337 children, attended the Health and Wellness Block Party at our Larkins Early Learning Communities (ELC) hub in southwest Detroit on Thursday.

The event featured resource tables run by community and healthcare agencies, children’s activities and games, healthy snacking stations, and giveaways.

“The block party was a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate with other local organizations in order to better serve parents and caregivers in our community,” said Lynn McGregor, Early Childhood and Family Literacy Manager at Southwest Solutions. “Especially exciting is the fact that 109 of the adults were brand new participants who registered with our ELC for the first time today.”

The turnout was enhanced through the efforts of our ELC staff who, leading up to the event, went door to door in the neighborhood inviting families to attend.

In addition to our ELC program, others agencies represented at the event included:

*United Way for Southeast Michigan 2-1-1
*DMC Children’s Hospital – Injury Prevention
*Oakwood Healthcare (blood pressure and glucose testing)
*United Healthcare
*National Kidney Foundation
*Bridging Communities
*CHASS (Community Health and Social Services), which also provided information about La Vida (domestic violence program), Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program (diabetes prevention), MiChild (a health insurance program) and WIC
*Infant Mental Health program at Southwest Counseling Solutions
*Early Care Organizing and RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) programs at Southwest Counseling Solutions
*Detroit GreenWorks Solutions
*Southwest Adult Learning Lab

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