NOCC: Parent Huddle

NOCC: Parent Huddle

Because Sometimes Parents Need A Game Plan

Research suggests social media is increasing student anxiety and depression, eclipsing any positive role it could potentially play. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 95% of teens use a smartphone, and 45% say they are online almost constantly. About 70% of teens are on Snapchat and Instagram, while 85% are on Youtube ( Join us as we hear from Deputy Jen Eriksen about the social media issues our students are facing. Start a conversation with other local parents and work together to help our kids. Click the image above to register for the Parent Huddle on January 21st at 7:00pm.

An Honest, Humorous & Relatable Approach to Mental Health

Ross Szabo has spent over half of his life finding ways to make mental health approachable for everyone. He was the Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 2002-2010 and had the opportunity to make challenging mental health messages relevant to large audiences. His achievements in the youth mental health field have earned him the Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award and his advocacy work was entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

The North Oakland Community Coalition is excited to bring Ross Szabo to our community in early 2021. Make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our email updates at

Your Choices Matter…

You can help prevent underage drinking by modeling responsibility during holiday celebrations. Visit our website for more tips on how you can talk with your kids about underage drinking.

Prevent excessive alcohol use by avoiding:

  • Binge drinking (defined as consuming 4 or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or 5 or more drinks per occasion for men).
  • Heavy drinking (defined as consuming 8 or more alcoholic beverages per week for women or 15 or more alcoholic beverages per week for men).
  • Any drinking by pregnant women or anyone younger than age 21.
MDHHS: proposals for  behavioral health mediation services

MDHHS: proposals for behavioral health mediation services

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Press Release


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112,

MDHHS issues Requests for Proposals for

behavioral health mediation services program

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) to develop and implement a statewide system of local mediation services to resolve disputes related to behavioral health services.

The Mediation Services for Behavioral Health Service Recipients program seeks to plan, develop, pilot, implement, monitor, oversee, evaluate and deliver a comprehensive, complex, high-quality statewide mediation program for recipients of behavioral health services. A total of $500,000 is available in this RFP, and MDHHS anticipates issuing one award.

Funded applicants will receive ongoing guidance from the MDHHS project coordinator regarding program start-up, reporting requirements and barriers to program implementation.

Grant applications for the Mediation Services for Behavioral Health Service Recipients RFP must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2021. The program period begins Feb. 1, 2021 and ends Sept. 30, 2021.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select “About EGrAMS” link in the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Behavioral Hlth and Dev Dis Adm Standard” link and selecting the “MSBH-2021” grant program.

Michigan Model for Health curriculum is now online 

Michigan Model for Health curriculum is now online 

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Press Release


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112,                   

Michigan Model for Health curriculum is now online 

LANSING, Mich. – It just got easier for Michigan students to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to develop healthy, lifelong habits. The Michigan Model for Health, a comprehensive school health education curriculum, implemented in most Michigan schools, is now available to educators online.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE) are announcing the new format for this nationally recognized K-12 comprehensive school health education curriculum.

Improving accessibility while also making the Michigan Model responsive to emerging health issues assures that Michigan students are receiving effective health instruction that teaches them how to make healthy choices now and in the future. That is particularly valuable for students who are learning virtually during the pandemic.

“It is important that children practice healthy habits during this pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for MDHHS. “This skills-based health education curriculum will make sure educators are still able to promote optimal health and we encourage our educators to take advantage of it.”

The online format makes the curriculum more accessible and user-friendly for educators. It also allows the curriculum to be more responsive to the needs of Michigan educators with new content and revisions made in a timely fashion. Embedded streaming videos comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and include closed captioning options in both English and Spanish. In addition, family resources help educators extend the learning at home.

“Offering a skills-based curriculum in a user-friendly online format enables educators to teach and students to learn the skills necessary to develop the healthy habits that lead to success in the classroom and in life,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Improving the health, safety and wellness of all learners is one of the key goals in Michigan’s Top 10 strategic education plan and the Michigan Model is a vital component in that effort.”

Educators who have received curriculum training from their regional school health coordinator will now be able to access the curriculum via an online portal. The Michigan Model for Health website at  houses the robust digital platform portal for teachers and educators in Michigan and across the nation.

Features of the platform include:

  • Compatibility with mobile devices.
  • User-friendly web-based lessons.
  • Online teacher resources.
  • Easy license management.

The new online platform is funded through a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in collaboration with the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, MDHHS, MDE, the Michigan School Health Coordinators’ Association, and the Michigan Model for Health Clearinghouse. It was developed, tested and reviewed in collaboration with a team of health education consultants and educators across Michigan.

Parents and others who want more information can go to

Whitmer announces Healthy Michigan Plan top 850,000 enrollees

Whitmer announces Healthy Michigan Plan top 850,000 enrollees

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December 17, 2020

Contact: Bob Wheaton,, 517-241-2112


Gov. Whitmer announces Healthy Michigan Plan top 850,000 enrollees

Expanded Medicaid program helps low-income residents afford coverage


LANSING, Mich. – The Healthy Michigan Plan is now providing health care coverage to more than 850,000 low-income residents for the first time, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.


There are now 853,211 people enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.


“Every Michigander deserves quality, affordable health care, especially during a pandemic. As Senate Democratic Leader, I was proud to work across the aisle with a Republican governor and legislature to expand health coverage for Michiganders through the Healthy Michigan plan,” said Governor Whitmer. “Now, as we continue working to eradicate COVID-19 and with the Affordable Care Act under constant attack in the courts, it’s more important than ever that we protect the Healthy Michigan plan and ensure health care for Michiganders across the state. I will continue working with everyone who wants to protect and expand health care for Michiganders.”


COVID-19 affected the finances and health of so many Michiganders that the number of Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries jumped from just under 682,000 in late March to more than 850,000 now. Michigan instituted policies to help families access affordable health care coverage such as deciding to avoid terminating Healthy Michigan Plan coverage and freeze premiums for as long as the COVID-19 public health emergency exists. The state qualified for additional Medicaid funding from the federal government through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has also worked to streamline the application process over the past few years to ensure people eligible to receive benefits are able to access them without unnecessary burdensome requirements.


Gov. Whitmer and (MDHHS) have strongly supported the Healthy Michigan Plan. When she was State Senate Democratic leader, Whitmer helped pass the bipartisan legislation that created the Healthy Michigan Plan, which was enacted in April 2014.


In March, Whitmer and MDHHS preserved Healthy Michigan Plan coverage for tens of thousands of people by supporting swift action on the legal challenge of work requirements that had been adopted by the Republican Legislature. Policies like work requirements that take away health insurance undermine the purpose of Medicaid which is to provide health care coverage to low income and vulnerable populations.


“MDHHS is committed to expanding access to health care coverage for Michiganders,

said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “I’m proud that Michigan has been able to provide this coverage to hundreds of thousands of our residents. Coverage has improved their health outcomes – and when people are healthier they are better able to take care of their families and our state is more productive.”


Healthy Michigan Plan coverage is available to Michiganders ages 19-64 years old who have an income at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level – or $16,971 annually for a single person – and meet other eligibility requirements, such as not qualifying for other Medicaid programs. Expanded Medicaid plans are allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act if states decide to implement them.


According to 2017 research from the University of Michigan, the Healthy Michigan Plan more than doubled primary care usage, reduced enrollees’ reliance on the emergency room by 58 percent, cut uncompensated care by nearly 50 percent, and added $2.3 billion to our state’s economy.


Apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan at or by calling the Michigan HealthCare Helpline at 855-789-5610. For more information, visit


MDHHS updates priority group information for vaccination

MDHHS updates priority group information for vaccination

December 16, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated information in its priority groups for vaccination administration document and launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to help Michiganders track information about the vaccine across the state.

MDHHS expanded its guidance to allow Michiganders 16 years of age and older to receive the vaccine and also provided updated information on pregnant women and the vaccine. While there is not currently data on the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women may be offered the vaccine within the priority groups upon consultation with their medical provider.

“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine is an important step toward reducing the toll the virus is taking on our state,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “As we receive further guidance from our federal partners, these prioritizations may change. While we roll these vaccines out across the state, it is important everyone continues to do their part in fighting this pandemic by wearing masks, washing hands, and avoiding gatherings.”

The COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard includes data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry on the number of providers enrolled to provide the vaccine, the amount of vaccine received and doses administered. The dashboard will be expanded over the coming weeks to include vaccination coverage rates by age and race.

MDHHS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommendations are based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a federal advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States. MDHHS has also obtained input from a stakeholder group of Michigan public health and health care leaders and reviewed correspondence from the public.

Phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B includes some workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.
  • Phase 1C includes individuals age 16 years or older who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older.
  • Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals aged 16 years or older.

MDHHS has provided additional prioritization guidance within these categories. It is important to note that vaccination in one phase may not be complete before vaccination in another phase begins. Vaccination in these phases will likely overlap. The timing of the start of vaccination in a phase is dependent on guidance from CDC and ACIP, the supply of vaccine from the manufacturer, how vaccine is allocated from the federal level to Michigan and the capacity to administer the vaccine to populations.

Vaccine distribution will roll out over a series of weeks, and current estimates are that by late Spring 2021 enough vaccine will be available for everyone who is recommended to receive it. There will be no out-of- pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs. The COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses, separated by three or four weeks depending on the manufacturer. Michiganders should receive both doses in order to have full protection from the virus. Individuals who receive the vaccine may experience mild side effects such as low-grade fever, sore arm and fatigue, which indicate that the vaccine is working. There is a robust state and national process for tracking vaccines and reporting side effects.

MDHHS stresses Michiganders should continue to wear masks, social distance from those not in their household and wash their hands often, even after receiving the vaccine.

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit As additional information and resources become available, it will be posted to this site.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

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Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance

Oakland County Installs 10 Extreme Temperature Freezers

Oakland County Installs 10 Extreme Temperature Freezers

Oakland County Installs 10 Extreme Temperature Freezers In Anticipation Of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Pontiac, Michigan – The Oakland County Health Division today received and installed 10 medical grade laboratory freezers which are equipped to handle extreme temperatures in anticipation of receiving its first allotments of the COVID-19 vaccine soon.

The freezers were installed in various health division facilities as officials await federal government approval and distribution of the vaccine. The freezers, which cost a total of about $400,000 and is being paid for with federal CARES Act funding, can keep temperatures as cold as -86 degrees Celsius. One of the vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer, requires the vaccine to be kept at -70 C. A first shipment of the vaccine is expected next week.

“We are anxious to get the vaccine to our first responders and health care workers as soon as they arrive,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said. “We moved quickly to ensure we had the adequate storage capability to meet the needs of the county. As more vaccine arrives, we will move on to additional priority groups working hand in glove with our health experts.

The County launched a new public education campaign this week to emphasize how important it was to keep wearing masks, avoiding gatherings, and stay home when sick to stop the spread of the virus. This campaign, “You can’t beat it unless you face” brings together the community around the commonsense steps we must all take until the vaccine is widely available.

Each freezer weighs 723 pounds and can hold 144,000 doses of the vaccine. During one installation today, a freezer needed to be partially disassembled to make it to its ultimate destination, including the handles, cooler grill disassembled, handles and various brackets. Two doors also had to be temporarily removed from the door casing as the unit went through five doorways.

A crew of four delivery men, four staff from the county Facilities Maintenance & Operations and an electrician were needed to unload and moved the units. The freezers are equipped with alarms to ensure a consistent temperature and are monitored around the clock.

The Health Division will administer the vaccine at the same drive-through locations in the county that perform free COVID-19 testing and give flu shots.

Appointments for testing and flu shots are required and can be made by calling 1-800-848-5533. Same day appointments are not available.


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