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News from Around the Network

By Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Fund

Happy summer blog readers!  We hope you are enjoying these summer months, staying cool and finding some time to relax with family and friends.

We thought you’d be interested in reading about some exciting awards, events & stories we’ve heard from our programs over the past few months.

Detroit’s Medical Director, Dr. Elliott Attisha was named one of Ambassador Magazine’s “Hot Docs” of 2011.  This annual contest highlights the work of Metro Detroit area doctors who are “reaching beyond the call of duty” and serving as leaders within the health care industry in Detroit.  Check out the great feature article on Dr. Attisha and the Children’s Health Project of Detroit.  Congrats to Dr. Attisha on the award!

An amazing story comes out of our Memphis Children’s Health Project and demonstrates the importance and commitment of the mobile clinic staff. What started as a typical day on the Mobile Medical Clinic quickly turned into a potentially devastating afternoon.  While one student in the clinic began suffering from a severe asthma attack, another student arrived to the principal’s office, also having trouble breathing.  Nurse Terrie Whitfield ensured the first student was treated for his asthma attack but felt that the second student’s symptoms were more serious and insisted that he be taken by paramedics to the Emergency Room.  At the hospital, clinicians detected a blood clot, among other health issues.  Thanks to Nurse Terrie’s insight, the student was able to get the proper treatment and is doing well today. According to the principal of the school, “I can truly say that if [the Le Bonheur staff] had not been there, the results could have been very different and even tragic.”  Check out Le Bonheur’s newsletter for the full story.

A great clip about a new program organized by CHF’s Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project was recently featured on Louisiana’s Channel 9 News.  The project teamed up with Varsity Sports and the Big Buddy Program to promote exercise and overall health among 4th and 5th grade students at an elementary school where our clinic provides services.  Children who laced up and completed a summer running camp were rewardedwith brand new sneakers and other prizes.  The program wasdeveloped to encourage exercise, but also to build self-esteem and help address the obesity problem in Louisiana.