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Mott Foundation surpasses $1 billion in grants for Flint

FLINT — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced it has surpassed $1 billion in total grantmaking related to the greater Flint area since the organization was established in 1926. Adjusted for inflation, the figure would be more than $2.3 billion in 2016 dollars.

A $3.2 million grant to the Crim Fitness Foundation for ongoing support of a community education initiative put the Foundation over the milestone. Mott is the major funder of the initiative, which was launched in 2014 as a pilot program at Flint’s Brownell-Holmes STEM Academy and has since expanded to all 11 schools in the Flint Community Schools district. Crim coordinates efforts among the many community partners involved in the initiative.

In 1935, Charles Stewart Mott and Frank Manley, a local educator, began using neighborhood schools as hubs for citizen engagement after school hours.

The success of this “lighted school house” model helped spark an international movement in community education.

In Flint, the modern-day model provides students with high-quality educational and enrichment opportunities, nutritional support, physical activity, sports, mindfulness exercises and more. In addition, community health workers reach beyond the walls of the school to help students, their families and other residents access a wide range of health and medical services, as well as resources that can assist with basic needs, such as food, clothing and housing.

Adult residents can sign up for exercise classes and take courses to help them pass the GED test and earn their certificate of high school equivalency. – G.G.

Stores to offer HIV/AIDS testing

FLINT – Wellness Services, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming up to offer free HIV testing and counseling about prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), as part of a National HIV Testing Day effort in Michigan.

Testing will be available at select Walgreens stores in 130 cities on June 29 from 3-7 p.m. Results are provided on site by trained counselors. Alere North America, bioLytical Laboratories and OraSure have donated test kits for the activation.

Wellness Services will provide trained counselors to conduct the testing and will provide results on-site within minutes at Walgreens Store #5917 located at 2815 Davison Rd. in Flint.

PrEP, a medication available by prescription, offers another effective means of protection for those without HIV. In addition, antiretrovirals, the medications used to treat HIV in addition to improving health, are now known to help stop the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV testing as part of routine health care.

Details: Visit basics/prep.html. – G.G.

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