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Past Events 2013-2015

Conversations for Caregivers | April 16, 2014 | 9:30 AM-3:00 PM. Charles H. Wright Museum | 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI. 

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper Traveling Exhibit
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Film viewing and panel discussion  | November 12, 2013, 4 pm - 6 pm, Bernath Auditorium,  WSU Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University Libraries and professors from the departments of History, Communications, and English discuss the use of medical narratives, women studies, and history in the context of the author's writing.

Exhibit Opening Reception | November 21, 2013, 4 pm - 6 pm, WSU Shiffman Medical Library | Photo Gallery

Staying Well During Noel: Mental Health Networks Serving the Community | December 7, 2013, 2 pm- 4 pm, Detroit Public Library. Hear experts and advocates from the various organizations on how to get assistance for yourself or your loved ones during a mental health crisis and beyond: Common Ground Sanctuary, Neighbor Service Organization, Detroit Children’s Center, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic Program Series

Understanding and Reading Food Labels | Saturday, March 23, 2013, 12 noon -2 pm, Detroit Children’s Center.
Featuring: Akua Woolbright, Ph.D., Community Health Educator, Whole Foods Inc.  

Motivational Interviewing Strategies to Encourage Healthy Behavioral Changes | Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2 pm- 4 pm, WSU, Margherio Family Conference Center.
Featuring: Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D., Professor, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Obesity Research & Education, WSU School of Medicine.

Weight of the Nation news article:

Best Practices for Sustaining Weight Loss | Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12 noon -1:30 pm, WSU Bernath Auditorium. Held in conjunction with Wayne State University's employee health and wellness benefits program Wellness Warriors.
Featuring: Kai Lin Catherine Jen, Ph.D., Professor, and Chair, Nutrition & Food Sciences, WSU.

Urban Gardening, Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits | Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1 pm- 3 pm, Charles H. Wright Museum.
Featuring Ms. Latricia “Mama Nutrish” Wright, Nutrition & Fitness Specialist
-  Chef to prepare healthy, vegetarian & vegan snacks and natural beverages

Gift of Life Organ Donation Discussion and Drive with Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Jason Denny, MD  via LiveStream
February 24, 2013 | Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Monday, Apr 23, 2012: World Book Night @ S.A. Y. Clinic   Edit/Delete    StatsWorld Book Night is an international event that promotes the love of reading and shares book with new audiences. WSU medical students distributed 20 special paperback copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot to patients and staff at the S.A.Y. Clinic in Highland Park. For more information about World Book Night see the website.

Photos: World Book Night

World Book Night Handouts:

Who is Henrietta Lacks and Why are HeLa Cells Important
Resources for Your Health: Get Connected! African-American Health

Mar-Apr 2012 - Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries

National Library of Medicine Exhibit on Display March 19 - April 28, 2012.
March 21 -Binding Wounds Opening Reception
April 14 - Binding Wounds Community Educational Program

Visit the Binding Wounds website for more information

Jan-Feb 2012 - Gift of Life Campus Challenge

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 to Thursday, Feb 23, 2012: GIFT OF LIFE Campus Challenge 2012   Edit/Delete    Stats

Support organ donation and compete with other universities and colleges in Michigan. Sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and have it count as a credit toward the WSU Medical Campus or WSU Main Campus.
TOP WINNER! Wayne State University registered the highest number of donors in the statewide challenge with 18 other colleges and universities. Of 3401 registered, WSU signed up 1122 donors in Michigan. See Campus Challenge Standings

Jan 11/12, 2011 - Reliable Cancer & Health Information Training - DPL Librarians

Linda Draper, of WSU Shiffman Medical Library, worked with Jena Baker-Calloway of Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) and Stephanie Flowney of American Cancer Society (ACS) to present to Detroit Public Library (DPL) staff.  Offerings included PowerPoint presentations and interactive hands-on sessions in DPL computer lab. This was repeated for 2 groups from DPL main library and branches.  Shiffman Outreach focused on MedlinePlus and KCI and ACS focused on some historical and current aspects of research and health services for cancer patients, as well as their online resources at and, respectively. We received very high evaluations overall from the 36 attendees.

MedlinePlus for Professionals" pamphlet (PDF file)

Feb 19, 2011 - Black History Month - "Medical Studies & Me: Myths & Reality"

The event was held in the Margherio center and covered clinical trials and medical research.  The event was attended by 60 attendees. Speakers included Jena Baker-Calloway (WSU/Karmanos), Louis Penner (WSU/Karmanos) and Bonita Leavell (WSU/VA Medical Center) and was moderated by Sandra Martin (WSU Shiffman).  We were assisted by WSU School of Library Information Science (SLIS) and WSU School of Medicine (SOM) students.  There were door prizes which were won by two community attendees: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” – 1 hard cover book, and 1 audio book on CDs.  Information tables included MedlinePlus,, and Karmanos.  Handouts included FDA flyers, bags, pens & note pads (MedlinePlus, MeLCat, WSU C&IT, WSULS).  There was some lively discussion with lots of questions from the community. (2 hr. event)

Mar 16, 2011 - "Henrietta Lacks and HeLa Cells" Book Talk

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks event was led by Dr. Diane Levine, and was held at the Shiffman Medical Library in the Stapleton Room. Discussion was lively and thoughtful, and very well attended - 48 persons participated. Added features included light refreshments, an information table, poster exhibits and door prizes - 2 paperback copies of the Rebecca Skloot book were given away. (2 hr. event)

Mar 26, 2011 - Hear Author Rebecca Skloot

The event took place at the Detroit Public Library (Main Library). The book talk with the Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was very successful and attracted well over 500 attendees, with at least 200 persons which had to be turned away.  We promoted this event in the earlier events using the book, as a touchstone to address issues that were suggested by events covered in the text of the book – the story of a poor black women in the 1950s who died from cervical cancer, whose tissue was collected for research and later became an important cell line named HeLa after her first and last name, Henrietta Lacks. Her family only found out many years later, and also came to know a young writer who had been intrigued by who was Henrietta Lacks and decided she wanted to write about her story and the cells. Discussions included topics such as medical ethics, patient rights and privacy, health literacy, health care equity, mistrust of medical authorities in some communities, and more. (2 hr. event)

Mar, 2011 - (Poster) - "Have A Piece Of Me But Not the Whole Thing: Human Tissue Research and the HeLa Cell Line"

Linda Draper coordinated with three School of Medicine (SOM) students from the Internal Medicine Interest Group, under faculty advisor Dr. Diane Levine. Matt McClure (M2), Muhith Musabbir (M1) and Caitlin Biedron (M1) developed the poster from topics in the Rebecca Skloot book. The poster was displayed at various venues over the month featured in the “One Book One Community” series including the Detroit Public Library Main Lobby. It is also posted online on the Shiffman Medical Library – Outreach LibGuide, developed by Dan Bryan and Linda Draper. See link below.


Dec. 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day Detroit

World AIDS Day Detroit (WADD) was held at The Fillmore Detroit and several other locations in the Detroit area. On the 30th anniversary of the first cases of AIDS reported in 1981, this event featured presentations by Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White at a Mayors Breakfast and a World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil. There was a movie screening of the documentary Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale followed by a panel discussion by the filmmaker and some of the cast: Marilyn Ness, Dana Kuhn and Eric Weinburg. Other activities included a public viewing of The Names Project AIDS Quilt Panels and the NOH8 Campaign Open Photo Shoot.

Shiffman Outreach and other community organizations hosted exhibit tables in the theater as well. Events ran from 8 AM through 10 PM, with photographers and filmmakers recording many of the activities. Check out the WADD web page and the WADD Facebook page, as well as the Twitter feed for participants comments. The planning committee consisted of representatives from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, Horizons Project, Affirmations and other agencies. Many more organizations and supporters donated resources and volunteered to create this memorable observation that shared these important messages with the community: Remember Ryan White and Getting to Zero: ZERO new HIV cases, ZERO AIDS-related deaths and ZERO HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Dec. 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day Detroit photos & videos

View images from the event World AIDS Day Detroit At The Fillmore
More Photos from Facebook
Poster Contest Entries Winner and all the artists announced on WADD Facebook
Facing AIDS AmeriCorps/AIDS United Team Detroit
Getting to Zero - World AIDS Day Detroit (video)

Dec. 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day Detroit articles

Nov. 18, 2011 - DMC Safety Health Fair

Safety Fair in UHC Lobby

TOPICS: Home Oxygen safety, Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detection, Home safety & preventing falls, Frost bite & other skin protection tips, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis vaccine information, Domestic Violence and Victims’ Assistance, & more

Flyer distributed at event - Safety @ MedlinePlus Videos

Photos taken by Tony Gallucci.

Oct. 14, 2011 - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Free and confidential HIV testing and STD screenings, including syphilis testing. Refreshments, entertainment and a raffle were offered. Latino Family Services - 3815 W. Fort Street, Detroit. 11am - 4pm

Oct 8, 2011 - Medical Studies & Me: Myths & Reality

A Community Conversation on Health: What you want to know about medical research and clinical trials was addressed by experts and the community. The 2-hour informative event held Sat. October 8 from 1-3pm at Detroit Public Library in the Explorers Room was the second forum on this topic, with 48 attendees. A fall harvest theme greeted the guests with light refreshments of ciders, donuts and fresh apples.

The panel of research professionals included Jena Baker-Calloway (WSU/Karmanos), Kendra Schwartz (WSU/Karmanos), Bonita Leavell (Dingell VA Medical Center), Louis Penner (WSU/Karmanos) and  moderated by Corey Zolondek (WSU). We were assisted by student volunteers from the WSU School Library Information Science (SLIS) and WSU School of Medicine (SOM). Dan Bryan videotaped the event. Door prizes included a WSU Library System insulated lunch bag, a copy of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and a DVD of "Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale". This video will be featured at the next Community Conversation on Heath to be held Dec. 1 on World AIDS Day Detroit. Information bags were supplied to all attendees by Karmanos Cancer Institute and Susan B. Komen for the Cure, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This also included flyers and bookmarks for Detroit Public Library, MedlinePlus and Gift packets with WSU Shiffman Outreach items were also distributed. Attendees completed evaluations and contact sheets, to be advised of upcoming events.

Mar 14, 2011 - "Cancer Screening & Personalized Health"

This presentation sponsored by WSU President’s Commission on Status of Women (COSW) held at WSU Student Center. All speakers from Karmanos – Jennifer Barrick, a genetic counselor, Dr. Elaina Gartner and Dr. Elisabeth Heath, oncologists - focused on Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. The event included an information table and poster about Henrietta Lacks and HeLa Cells. A door prize - paperback copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was given away. The event was attended by 34 persons, including 9 WSU School of Medicine (SOM) students, several from the Co-Curricular program. Light refreshments were also offered. Event planning was coordinated through the Shiffman Library Outreach (Linda Draper, Dan Bryan) with Wendy Wu, and others from the COSW health committee. Gift bags were donated by Karmanos. (1 hr. event)

Mar 16, 2011 - "WCCCD Cancer Awareness Information Fair"

The venue was the Northwest campus of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) on West Outer Drive in Detroit. Several other area exhibitors included  Karmanos Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Detroit Public Library, University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and others. Three WSU School of Medicine (SOM) students helped Linda Draper to staff the Shiffman Outreach table and distributed consumer health flyers. Loretta Hunter, WCCCD librarian, and former Shiffman student employee and WSU Library Information Science Program graduate, brought a laptop for the students to demo online MedlinePlus. 65 persons stopped by the outreach table for information on MedlinePlus and other resources from the National Libraries of Medicine (NLM). (4 hr. event).

Apr 27, 2011 - Student Appreciation Luncheon

This was a combination “Thank You” lunch, assessment, and brainstorming session for the Shiffman Outreach programs. The School of Medicine and School of Library Science students who worked on the various outreach events coordinated by Shiffman were invited to share their final thoughts about the One Book programs, other outreach activities, and what future events they would like to see initiated or offered again.

July 30, 2011 - Women's Mind, Body and Soul Health Care Forum

10 AM - 2 PM. A day of fun, activity, learning and tasting for women at the Boll Family YMCA 1401 Broadway, Detroit. Sponsored by Michigan 13th District Representative Hansen Clarke
Approximately 250 women attended the public event. In addition to Shiffman Outreach, there were about 30 other agencies exhibiting. 57 attendees stopped at the Shiffman table to discuss reliable health information and pick up materials on MedlinePlus and upcoming WSU sponsored Community Conversations on Health events. We collected 18 names/contact info for our notification list.

Sept. 17, 2011 - Health-O-Rama

Free Health-O-Rama at St. John Armenian Church in Southfield MI. Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 AM - 3PM. Sponsored by Wayne County Pharmacists Association and Wayne State University Pharmacy Students. WSU School of Medicine students also volunteered donating 16 hours as part of the WSU SOM Co-Curricular Credit Program

June 7, 2011 - Healthier Black Elders - Health Reception

This free public event for 600 attendees, promoted exercise, nutrition, health screenings and preventative exams to help African Americans resist the most common diseases that plague them as they age. Speakers discussed current research on aging and provided inspirational messages on this year's theme, 360 Degrees of Living Well. Sponsored by Wayne State University Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) and Institute of Gerontology (IOG).

We promoted web resources MedlinePlus, and Get Connected! African American Health! Local information included reminder cards for 2-1-1 and Shiffman Medical Library Outreach. See flyer below for upcoming events.

July 28, 2011 - DMC Staying Healthy in Hard Times

2-6pm at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) Eastern Campus, 5901 Conner, Detroit MI 48213. Sponsored by Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and coordinated by DMC Community Affairs. Contact information 313-578-3518.
Approximately 200 attended the public event. In addition to Shiffman Outreach, there were about 30 other agencies exhibiting. 68 attendees stopped at the Shiffman table to discuss reliable health information and pick up materials on MedlinePlus and upcoming WSU sponsored Community Conversations on Health events. We collected 21 names/contact info for our notification list.

Program Funding

Projects have been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346-01 with The University of Iowa, and Wayne State University Libraries for Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library Outreach Services.