I2D2 Program Update

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I2D2 Program Update

Joi Mitchell, Health Connection Program Manager along with Dr. Grenae Dudley presented a paper at the American Public Health Associate conference in San Francisco. Dr. Fonseca Becker, our evaluator from Johns Hopkins University indicated the The Youth Connection was the "best program" cohort hosted by Johnson & Johnson in the last three years. Dr. Becker said that the poster presentation was "exceptional," and in support of the program will offer letters of support as The Youth Connection pursues funding for continuation and expansion of the I2D2 program.

Dr. Becker was further impressed with our parent engagement and indicated that all of the other programs that were funded had tremendous difficulty retaining parent participation.

Ongoing partnerships with The Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative, Gleaners Food Bank, The Parade Company, Ross Medical Education Center, Weight Watchers, the Wayne State University Food and Nutrition Department, Molina Healthcare and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion Nutrition Division have all worked in conjection to move this initiative forward.

"We feel it is vitally important to the future of Detroit that our kids know the value of eating right and exercising," said GrenaƩ Dudley, President and CEO of The Youth Connection. "Our mission is to help families in the Osborn community become healthier and more active while engaging our kids and parents in a fun and family-oriented after-school activity."

The campaign is funded in part by The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, which is in its 22nd year of providing aid to outstanding community-based organizations assisting medically underserved populations in the U.S. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the program (which is fully underwritten by Johnson & Johnson) was created to address growing health care needs and support the public health sector in communities across the country.

The Youth Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to connecting our youth to a brighter future through career exploration, job training, internships, after-school programs and academic assistance for metropolitan Detroit area youth. For more information about The Youth Connection, visit www.theyouthconnection.org.

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