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UM-Flint announces first Healthcare Leadership Symposium on Nov. 19

FLINT — On Nov. 19, the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences (PHHS) will host the first annual Healthcare Leadership Symposium at the University of Michigan-Flint.

The theme of the symposium, which will feature a panel of distinguished healthcare leaders, is “Healthcare Leaders Discuss the Affordable Care Act.” The public is welcome to this event, which will be held in the UM-Flint Harding Mott University Center, Michigan Rooms C&D, at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. Members of Healthcare Leadership panel include: Hospice Pioneer, Dr. Robert Buckingham, UMFlint Jack W. Thompson Visiting Professor and executive director/dean of the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health; Clarence Pierce, chief executive officer of the Hamilton Community Health Network; Susan Schneberger, administrative director of the UMFlint Urban Health & Wellness Center; and Mark Valacak, health officer at the Genesee County Health Department. — G.G.

Catholic Charities share the warmth

FLINT — Nearly 1,000 coats have been distributed to those in need this month at Catholic Charities Community Closet in Flint. As the temperatures begin to plunge, Catholic Charities invites the community to join them in sharing warmth with those in need, by donating gently used or new winter items.

Warm clothing and blankets will be given free of charge to low-income, Genesee County residents throughout the winter months.

Winter apparel will be accepted at Catholic Charities’ Community Closet Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., and from 1-4 p.m. The Closet is located in the Catholic Charities Center for Hope, 517 E. Fifth Ave., in Flint.

Items needed include new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, blankets, sleeping bags, or comforters, as well as warm footwear. Children’s items are especially needed. Monetary donations are welcome.

Persons can make contributions through Paypal at, or on Facebook catholiccharitiesflintandowosso. Details: Call 810-232-9950. — G.G.

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