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Birthing Reproductive Justice Exhibit is Online!


Did you happen to miss this Birthing Reproductive Justice exhibit that was housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library? Well, you’re in luck! The exhibit is available to view online here.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a visual narrative of the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, contraception, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

This exhibit showcases materials from the rich and extensive holdings at the Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library. Produced and curated by an inter-campus exhibit team, Birthing Reproductive Justice illustrates the stakes — of physical health, mental health, human dignity, and community empowerment — associated with reproductive justice and suggests that research and advocacy can work together.

Check out this fantastic exhibit online today and learn more about the history of reproductive justice!

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1st Annual African American Men’s Health Summit


Register for the 1st Annual African American Men’s Health Summit today by calling (734)-998-2156!

This event will be held this Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 AM-Noon at the Grace Fellowship Church House of Solutions (map).

The goal of this summit are to:

  • Raise awareness of health issues
  • Provide information on disease prevention, early detection and treatment options
  • Establish a plan for future community health education
  • Recruit community health advocates

Speakers Kenneth Jamerson, MD and Rohan Jeremiah, PhD, MPH from the University of Michigan will present at this summit and the results from a health outcome survey will also be reported. Take a proactive approach to your health today by registering! This summit is sponsored by the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-lnkster Alumni Chapter of Kappa Psi Fraternity and by the University of Michigan Health System Program for Multicultural Health.

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Improving Family Health Through Practice-Changing Research.

Dean Kathleen Potempa

Dean Kathleen Potempa

The University of Michigan School of Nursing’s 2013 Dean’s Research Day will take place this Friday, April 5th from 12-4:30 PM in the U-M North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Building 18 (map).

The goal of Dean’s Research Day is to  bring together the U-M nursing community for a day dedicated to nursing research, to provide an additional forum for faculty, and  to give students at all levels an opportunity to present their research, igniting and fueling their own research ambitions.

The schedule of this event is as follows:

  • 12 PM :  Lunch for all registrants and a display of 35 posters by U-M faculty, students, and nurse clinicians.
  • 1:15  PM: Brouse Lecture by Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Deatrick’s presentation is on Families and Chronic Illness: The Ties that Bind.
Dr. Janet Deatrick

Dr. Janet Deatrick

  • 2 PM: Inauguration of the newly endowed Suzanne Bellinger Feetham Professorship, in support of a promising scientist and scholar to teach and mentor students while simultaneously developing a program of research. The ceremony will honor Dr. MinKyoung Song, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, as the first Feetham Professor of Nursing.
Dr. MinKyoung Song

Dr. MinKyoung Song

Register for this event here.

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Take a Hike! No, Really!

Spring Break officially starts tomorrow for University of Michigan students. Yes-siree. Spring BREAK.

So ready to sleep in on Saturday morning, right?By: uncle.capung

So ready to sleep in on Saturday morning, right?
By: uncle.capung

But, just because you are on break doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay active! For those of you staying in Michigan, check out some of the awesome activities listed below:

Staying in Ann Arbor?

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Michigan-wide fun?

  • Find Michigan Parks and Trails to travel on the Michigan DNR Website
  • Pop on some skis and enjoy either downhill fun or cross-country trails!
  • Pick up some produce and Michigan goods at one of the many state-wide farmer’s markets!

Enjoy your break!

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Inhumane and Ineffective: Solitary Confinement in Michigan and Beyond

Counting Time by Alan Norberg

Counting Time by Alan Norberg

This Saturday, February 2nd,  the Michigan Journal of Race & Law will host their 2013 Symposium in the University of Michigan Law School’s South Hall (map). This year’s symposium will focus on:

The psychological harms, constitutional problems, and enormous economic and social costs that accompany a government’s decision to confine human beings in a small prison cell twenty-three hours per day. After situating the discussion of solitary confinement within the larger context of race and the criminal justice system, this symposium will pay particular attention to the state of solitary confinement in Michigan, where nearly 1,000 people are in administrative segregation. Drawing on successful reforms in Mississippi, the symposium will consider strategies to reduce or eliminate the practice in Michigan and beyond.

The symposium will be opened by keynote speaker James Forman, Jr.  who is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. The symposium also has a great number of other distinguished panelists. The full list of panelists can be found here.

The schedule of events for the symposium is as follows:

8:30–9:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30–9:45 AM Introductory Remarks
9:45–10:30 AM Keynote Address
10:30 AM–Noon Panel 1: Isolation and Mental Health

Noon–1:30 PM Lunch

1:30–3:00 PM Panel 2: Crisis in Michigan
3:00–3:15 PM Break
3:15–5:15 PM Panel 3: Strategies for Reform

5:15–5:30 PM Concluding Remarks

7:00–9:00 PM Alumni and Speakers’ Dinner*

*The deadline for registering for the dinner has already passed.

To register for this fantastic event, please visit here. Or, for those who cannot attend in person, the event will be live-streaming at this site.

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Not Seen & Not Heard: Addressing Childhood Poverty


This panel discussion is the second of three events of the MLK event series hosted by the Institute for Social Research. It will be held on Tuesday, January 29th from 10 AM-12:30 PM in the Michigan Union Ballroom (map). The discussion will focus on potential solutions to childhood poverty. In 2011, over 13% of Michigan residents lived in poverty, but nearly 1 in 4 children in Michigan lived below the poverty line.

This discussion, featuring researchers and advocates from the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the Michigan League for Public Policy, will address what is being done to address child poverty, what new approaches should be considered, and the consequences of simply continuing the same policies.

Speakers at the event include:

To learn more about this event please visit here.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What Is It?

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is reportedly used by nearly 40% of American adults.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines CAM as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine (also called Western or allopathic medicine) is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) and D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degrees and by allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses”.

Traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine, yoga, and spinal manipulation are just a few examples of the diverse forms that exist within this classification. While many of these alternative methods have been practiced for years, there is a lack of evidence based research for many of the therapies. However,  more conventional medicine practitioners are integrating CAM into their practices due to the unique appeal of its holistic approach and patient interest.

For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs lists a number of CAM therapies that have been used by HIV/AIDS patients. But, they also give useful guidelines to follow while using CAM.

  • Just because something is “natural” (an herb, for example) doesn’t mean that it is safe to take.
  • The federal government does not require that herbal remedies and dietary supplements be tested in the same way that standard medicines are tested before they are sold.
  • Be careful of treatments that claim to be “miracle cures”…Always do your research and ask your VA doctor for help.
  • Complementary therapies are not substitutes for the treatment and drugs you receive from your VA doctor.

To learn more about CAM visit here, here or here. References: Mayo Clinic, MedlinePlus, NCCAM, & Department of Veterans Affairs


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