Connecting with Our Community

Connecting with Our Community

As Henry Ford Allegiance Health continues to grow, our dedication to the communities we serve will always be a top priority. During 2019, we sought to strengthen our community connection in the following ways:

New Infield Care Center at MIS

Henry Ford Allegiance Health President and CEO Paula Autry proudly helped cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the Henry Ford Health System Infield Care Center. Located at Michigan International Speedway, the new Care Center will provide treatment for ill or injured race fans, drivers and crew members as well as attendees of the annual Faster Horses music festival.

Heart & Vascular Expo

Our 15th annual community Heart & Vascular Expo at JaxNaz Church provided free health screenings, exhibits, a physician panel and keynote presentation, a healthy lunch and a superfood sampling.

Heart Reunion

Every Valentine’s Day, our Cardiac Surgery team welcomes former open-heart patients for a healthy lunch, inspiring presentations, and an opportunity to meet others who share their experience.

Bright Walls Mural Festival

For the second year, Henry Ford Allegiance Health was proud to sponsor this public art event that made downtown Jackson come alive with color, activity and people. Bright Walls 2019 welcomed 21 local and international artists to create masterpieces on formerly blank buildings.

Celebration of Hope

Individuals who have been treated for cancer joined us for our 15th annual spring survivorship dinner. Guest speaker and three-time survivor Josh Smith shared his message of positivity and faith.

Bringing Robotics to the Classroom

Thoracic surgeon Mohan Kulkarni, MD, helped host an event at Ella Sharp Museum for some local area high school and middle school students in Jackson county. The event introduced the students to the medical profession and gave them experience with the da Vinci Xi surgical robot.

Community Food Drive

For 36 years, staff members have donated food and delivered food baskets to community families in need of help over the holidays. This year, 150 families served by the Salvation Army and 190 Henry Ford Allegiance Health employee families received food baskets. Additional food was donated to Mama Tutu’s House, the John George Home, the Jackson Interfaith Shelter and Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church.

Hit ‘em Fore Hospice Golf Benefit

American 1 Credit Union and CP Federal Credit Union teamed up to host the 19th annual charity golf event benefitting Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home, Proceeds from the day help community members receive compassionate end-of-life care.

Race to Health & Family Wellness Day

This annual September event features a 5-mile run, a 5K walk/run, a kids’ race and activities, and walks for patients with heart disease and orthopedic issues. It’s a great day for community fun and fitness.

5K Challenge Encourages First-Time Participants

The Henry Ford Allegiance Race to Health has been a popular event for 35 years, attracting participants of all ages. This year, with the goal of encouraging even more community members and employees to take part in the race, we introduced the Race to Health 5K Challenge.

The free, 10-week Challenge prepared participants for the event by gradually increasing their fitness levels. The program included daily fitness plans for walkers and runners, daily health and exercise tips, invitations to free presentations by a nationally known health and fitness expert, and plenty of inspiration and support from a 5K Challenge Facebook group of fellow fitness seekers.

The first time I walked for exercise or fun was in the 2018 Race to Health. The 5K Challenge inspired me to keep up with a walking routine I recently began and to walk in the 2019 Race. I was able to beat last year’s time by 4.93 minutes, finishing 41st of 152 walkers. I look forward to more challenges in 2020.”

Sandra Ambs

The Facebook group attracted 379 members who shared running and walking tips, progress reports and selfies to keep each other motivated. Everyone who met four requirements was eligible to win one of five $1,000 Visa gift cards and other prizes.

More than 70 5K Challengers ran or walked in the Race to Health, bringing total participation to a five-year high. The success of the 5K Challenge inspired creating the Henry Ford Allegiance Health 5K Run/Walk series, which encompasses five community races throughout 2020.

Join us on our journey to fitness through our Community Health Challenges Facebook page.