In brief

New director selected to lead Unemployment Insurance Agency

LANSING — Steve Gray, 57, a professor and attorney with 30 years of expertise in unemployment insurance and administrative law, has been selected to lead Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).

“It’s an honor to have someone with such intense dedication and understanding of Michigan’s unemployment system stepping up to lead the Unemployment Insurance Agency,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, Talent and Economic Development Department Acting Director. “I look forward to his ongoing commitment and expertise in serving Michigan employers and residents seeking assistance on their journey back toward employment.”

Gray, who will kick off his new role leading UIA on June 3, served as an integral member of the bi-partisan legislative workgroup responsible for creating an eightbill package aimed at improving Michigan’s UIA system and the customer experience. All eight bills were effective in early 2018.

Gray, a Flint native and 20-year resident of Ypsilanti, is director and founder of the University of Michigan Law School Unemployment Insurance Clinic that uses student representation in unemployment insurance cases to train over 150 first-year law students per year.

He also served as the general manager of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, a nonprofit organization he established to assist law students providing representation to jobless workers who are denied unemployment insurance — G.G.

A reason to lower your numbers during American Stroke Awareness Month

FLINT— According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans have the highest rate of stroke deaths. With high blood pressure being one of the leading causes of stroke, Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) pushes prevention through education and encourages patients to lower their blood pressure during American Stroke Awareness Month.

“Many African Americans have hypertension, which we know is a cause of stroke,” explains Christina Gramith, DO, a family medicine physician at HCHN’s Main clinic. “We want our patients to understand they can avoid having a stroke, and having many other health conditions, by focusing on their numbers, eating well and getting the recommended amount of exercise.”

High blood pressure is a condition HCHN providers see often among patients. HCHN has health educators on staff that work alongside providers and patients to give additional education and guidance. Dr. Gramith says helping their patients understand the connection of hypertension and stroke is just the beginning of helping them reach a healthier lifestyle.

HCHN, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is helping their patients adopt a healthier lifestyle is through a Cooking Matters program.

As always, HCHN reminds patients to pay attention to stroke symptoms with the FAST acronym:

F – FACE: Does one side of the person’s face droop if you ask them to smile?

A – ARMS: Ask them to raise their arms. Is one arm drooping?

S – SPEECH: Have them repeat a sentence back to you. Does their speech seem slurred?

T – TIME: If you noticed any of the above, call 9-1-1.

HCHN will provide information on lower blood pressure and stroke prevention on their Facebook (Hamilton Community Health Network) and Twitter (@ HamiltonCHN) accounts throughout May. — G.G.

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