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Press Release: University of Detroit Mercy Dental receives a dental health grant for underserved pregnant women from Delta Dental Foundation #motownmom


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Delta Dental Foundation grant to Detroit Mercy Dental extends successful dental health program for underserved pregnant women


DETROIT — A statewide community outreach pilot program for pregnant women in high-risk populations and run by University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will continue and expand, thanks to a $630,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

Michigan Initiative for Maternal and Infant Oral Health (MIMOH), which started in 2017 with a nearly million-dollar grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, integrates a dental checkup into the mother’s scheduled obstetrician appointment, making it more convenient for her to address oral health needs during pregnancy.


“To improve the oral health outcomes for high-risk infants and young children we need to start looking at ways we can improve the perinatal oral health of the mother,” said Divesh Byrappagari, director of dental public health and outreach at Detroit Mercy Dental. Infants are also at higher risk of developing tooth decay if mothers have poor oral hygiene during and after pregnancy, he added.


MIMOH is modeled after a program Grace Health in Battle Creek has run for four years. Pilot sites were found through a partnership with the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). In addition to Grace Health, they are Covenant Community Care in Detroit, Great Lakes Bay Health Center in Bay City, Ingham Community Health Center in Lansing, InterCare Community Health Network in Benton Harbor, Muskegon Family Care in Muskegon and Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Hancock. Through the grant, the sites were given funding to hire a dental hygienist who provided preventive dental care, oral health instructions and referrals to dentists for long-term care in a dental chair in their obstetrician’s office.


“This program provides critical access to dental services for many people who otherwise wouldn’t obtain it,” said Jen Anderson, MPCA spokesperson. “For many Medicaid beneficiaries, community health centers are the only places they can go to receive dental care. By connecting pregnant patients to a hygienist during their prenatal visit, it’s easier to help them — and their children — form the habits that promote good oral and overall health.”


At the end of the first year of this project, three of the sites Ingham Community, Grace Health, and InterCare — became self-sufficient and will continue the project without grant funding. The new funding from DDF and the initial MDHHS grant will help clinics currently in the project continue.


As the primary investigator on the project, Byrappagari oversees the program and collects outcomes data for research purposes. He says preliminary data shows bacterial loads were lower in the pregnant women who received dental care and dental hygiene instruction.

In this second year of the program, Detroit Mercy Dental faculty and students, led by Byrappagari will collect more data, including whether patients actually followed up by going to dentists to whom they were referred and the impact on early childhood preventable infectious diseases.


“This is a very positive outcome,” Byrappagari said.


“This program will fill a major need, allowing expectant mothers to receive dental care during one of the most critical life stages,” said Delta Dental Foundation Executive Director Holli Seabury. “Proper oral hygiene is important during pregnancy because hormonal changes can increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of the developing baby. By promoting prenatal oral health education and dental appointments, we can help pregnant women avoid an adverse birth outcome and help them to have a healthy, full-term baby.”




About University of Detroit Mercy

Founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university. In 1990, University of Detroit consolidated with Mercy College of Detroit, which was founded in 1941 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, to form University of Detroit Mercy. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professionalacademic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. Detroit Mercy educates the whole person, focusing on the value of excellent academics, service to the community and a deeper spirituality to prepare graduates to live lives of purpose. For more information, please visit

PRESS RELEASE: DR. Phil CBS Production Features Transition 1.2.3. Inc., of Detroit, MI @transition123in #motownmom

Transition 1.2.3. Inc.
P.O. Box 32313 Detroit, MI 48232
Contact: Tyrice Kirkland
Direct: 313.415.3673
DR. Phil CBS Production Features Transition 1.2.3. Inc., of Detroit, MI
We are thrilled to share with you that our organization Transition 1.2.3. Inc., will be presented on the Dr. Phil Show Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST on CBS Channel 50 in Detroit and it will be showing nationally on all CBS stations.   A viewing party will be held locally on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm located at The Ford Patio, 18490 W. Ford Road, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Phil was honored to hear about the transitional housing facility in Detroit which the CEO, Chacrice Miles has been using to shelter for women seeking a safe haven from homelessness or domestic violence.
About Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professionals in the world, is the host of the #1 daytime talk show Dr. Phil. Now in its 17th season, this trailblazing and award-winning show continues to provide the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. Dr. Phil McGraw has a unique ability to take complicated and technical information and make it accessible and understandable to the general public.
About Chacrice Miles
Chacrice, founder and CEO of Transition 1.2.3 was a beautician, during which time, she volunteered with other organizations helping in the fight against Domestic Violence. Like Dr. Phil, Chacrice as a survivor for over twenty years understands the effect of domestic violence and the impact it has on mental health. This allowed her to see that women had a greater need beyond her beautification skills.  Since 2004, Ms. Miles has dedicated her life to this vision. Her mission is to be a catalyst in the lives of disenfranchised women to enable them to move to a plateau of success in every aspect of their lives: spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially.  For over twelve years, Ms. Miles, has been funding this non-profit organization utilizing personal finances along with small monetary and in-kind donations received from fundraisers and grants.
About Transition 1.2.3 Inc.
Transition 1.2.3 Inc., provides housing for homeless women 18 years and older. The transitional homes are newly remodeled, clean and completely furnished facilities providing water, electricity, gas and basic essentials. Transition 1.2.3 also offers BED/DET (Building Economic Development of Detroit) Housing Program which eventually allows the women within the transitional facilities to have access to permanent affordable housing opportunities. 
Domestic violence is the leading cause of homeless women (National Law Center on Homeless & Poverty).  1 in 3 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner (The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). So as Detroit continues to rebuild and grow there will be an increased need for safe havens for women and their children. Transition 1.2.3 recognizes this potential and plans to build an all-inclusive transitional housing facility that will accommodate 20 families. 
Transition 1.2.3, Inc. has also been honored by and featured in the Investigative Discovery – ID Channel and Glamour Magazine in October 2016 for the “Everyday Hero” award in New York.  Chacrice Miles was also highlighted on the “Today’s Show”, by Tamron Hall.  Ms. Miles/Transition 123, has a full-page featured in the August 2017 issue of PEOPLE Magazine (Audrey Hepburn on cover)  as Investigation Discovery and PEOPLE raises awareness of domestic violence for the “Inspire A Difference” campaign.  Also, Transition featured a stage play, “No Place to Go” with the Perri Sisters in 2018 for awareness on domestic violence and received the Spirit of Detroit award from Manpower Mentoring.
Transition 1.2.3, Inc.
7439 Woodrow Wilson Street 
Detroit, MI 48206 (Confidential)
Office: (877)463-2269 / Field: (313)808-3878  

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Facebook Bootcamp Scholarships via @GrandCircusCo #motownmoxiemom


Our partnership with Facebook continues as we open applications for our 2019 Facebook Bootcamp Scholarships. These Facebook Bootcamp Scholarships will cover the full cost of coding bootcamp tuition for eligible individuals looking to earn a career in technology.

Valued at $9,750, our coding bootcamps are designed to train students in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for while supporting them in their career hunt.

Have you or someone you know been thinking about a career in tech but need financial support to make it a reality? This is the perfect opportunity to help! 

What to Know About the Facebook Bootcamp Scholarships: 

  • 25 scholarships will be awarded to needs-based Michiganders
  • Scholarships can only be used toward our 2019 Detroit June Java and Grand Rapids July C# .NET After-Hours coding bootcamps
  • Applications for this program will be highly competitive. We encourage all applicants to take the process seriously and provide thoughtful responses
  • Students will be accepted on a rolling basis – meaning eligible, qualified individuals will be enrolled in the bootcamps on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Applications are officially open for both campuses 

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  2. Must be over 18 years old
  3. Must be available for the full length of the Bootcamp
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You’re not alone. @WINNDetroit can be your pregnancy support team #motownmoxiemom

With WIN Network: Detroit, you get one on one support through pregnancy, birth, and until your baby turns one year old.

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Summer Youth Programs! Find one in Metro #Detroit now! #motownmoxiemom #mommyblogger

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You’re Invited! Join us at Koi Festival on May 4th #BelleIsle #Detroit #motownmoxiemom #mommyblogger

The Koi Festival is back
for its 3rd year!

Join us at the Belle Isle Aquarium to celebrate the Japanese heritage of our beloved Koi fish. This event will include elements of Japan’s Children’s Day (celebrated on May 5th) with a selection of traditional Japanese games, activities, and more! For more details, visit the event on Facebook. See you there!
May 2019
 Mark your calendars! Deeper Dive returns on June 27th with
Deeper Dive: Viva Cuba! for the launch of the Cuban Gar tank exhibit.
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#PressRelease: Detroit Highlights Model Programs in National Conference via@BMBFA


Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association


BMBFA Annual Birth & Breastfeeding Conference Combines Innovative Spirit of Motown With Leading Speakers, Expert Panels, Maternal Child Health Tours and MasterClasses
Detroit highlights their model programs working to improve birth and breastfeeding outcomes in a national conference set for May 2019. Also, learn from national experts working to eliminate inequities in maternal and infant care.
April 4, 2019
Kiddada Green
(313) 400-1215
The Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA), a Detroit-based national non-profit dedicated to supporting black families in birth & breastfeeding, presents the 2019 Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference, which combines bus tours, celebrity ambassadors, and Motown entertainment with impactful panel discussions and workshops by maternal and child health experts on May 8-10, 2019.
The conference will be held at The Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown, 333 East Jefferson Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48226
“As Detroit continues to battle high infant mortality rates, lower breastfeeding rates and the national black maternal mortality crises, it’s important that we harness the same creativity, innovation and community spirit that built Motown into a cultural phenomenon. If we can pull those forces together for music, then we can certainly do so to save mothers and babies. That’s what this conference is all about,” says Kiddada Green, executive director of BMBFA.
The annual conference, now in its 9th year, opens with Celebrity Doula, Latham Thomas speaking on Addressing Black Infant Death. Thomas, described by Dr. Oz as a “fitness and nutrition powerhouse,” has been a birth doula to Alicia Keys, Serena Williams and DJ Khaled and his wife, among others. Known as the Glow Maven, Thomas is the author of Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within and Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy.
“I am thrilled to share reflections on self-care, community action and maternal and infant mortality. Our communities are strong but our moms and babies are vulnerable,” says Thomas, who was also named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100. “We can take action to help restore our birthright—to safely birth and breastfeed our babies,” Thomas said.
The conference also includes the first-ever Maternal and Child Health Immersive Bus Tour allowing attendees to visit and learn from Detroit-based organizations working to eliminate inequities in maternal and infant care. Tour stops include: D-Town Farm, Women Inspired Neighborhood Network (WINN), Brilliant Detroit, Focus: HOPE’s Early Childhood Education Program, PumpSpotting Breast Express, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association and The Motown Museum.
Red Table Talk: BMBFA Edition, will be a multi-generational conversation about black motherhood with Keynote Speaker Dr. Sayida Peprah. The panel, “High Tech and Community Innovation” will discuss how technology and new community approaches are shifting the landscape in birth and breastfeeding. Other featured presentations include: Lactation Support After Loss: Understanding the Physiology & Psychology of the Grieving Process; Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy & Postpartum; Michigan Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan; and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders: What Lactation Professionals Need to Know.
The conference is sponsored by: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: Mother Infant Health Equity Improvement Plan, Henry Ford Health System: Women Inspired Neighborhood Network, Evenflo Feeding, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry: Zero to Thrive. Get more information and register at: