FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 31, 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is partnering with the Department of Child and Family Life at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (Mott) to develop and deliver “Healing Through Hands-On Science”. The program, funded by a grant from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, offers science and health-based activities at Mott and the Museum.
“Healing Through Hands-On Science will leverage the resources of two respected and accomplished organizations who share a commitment to serve children of all ages and abilities,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “Being able to extend the Museum experience to Mott families, and bring health education from Mott to the Museum is an exciting opportunity for the community, for families and for kids.”
Healing Through Hands-On Science benefits Mott patients and their families, including siblings of patients, by providing fun, interactive, science-based activities they are missing by being out of school and in the hospital. It will benefit Museum visitors with public programs that will feature new, health-based activities. Both organizations will benefit from a new cohort of volunteers who will work at Mott and the Museum.
“Our opportunity to partner with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum helps to bring some normalcy and connection for patients and families in the hospital,” said Julie Piazza, project manager for patient and family-centered care and child and family life at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “The family-centered, hands-on science activities can help reduce those feelings of isolation and bring the community and the Museum right into our hospital! Families have the opportunity to explore together in the Jones Family Center and learn about science and health topics which provide distraction, comfort and a whole lot of fun to their health care experience.”
“We are also exploring ways to bring some of the hospital elements into the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum so that families can learn about the hospital and people they may meet,” she added. “Children learn in many ways and can understand the medical experience through exploring, meeting some health care providers and having an exhibit at the Museum to support their learning. Working together helps us to build community connections within the greater Ann Arbor community and achieve more improved outcomes.”
About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a regional destination attracting over 250,000 visitors every year. It offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.
About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $640 million through nearly 47,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.