Coalition, diocese seek volunteers for pediatric immunization program

A team of volunteers is needed to represent the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan with a new pediatric immunization program in the City of Detroit.

vaccinationsThe mission will be to address the health care needs of the uninsured, underinsured and disadvantaged residents of the Detroit metropolitan area, with the principal focus being Detroit and Wayne County.

The diocese is working with the Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition (IHHC), an ecumenical, faith-based organization established in 2007. IHHC is partnering with the Wayne State University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, the Henry Ford Health System and other organizations in a pediatric immunization program.

“This is an important program which can have an immediate, positive impact on those who need immunizations the most,” said Rick Schulte, director of communications for the Diocese of Michigan. “It is a safe, effective way of not only ensuring the health of those who are immunized, but also protects others in your family and those with whom you come into contact.

“That’s why we see this as such a vital program. We encourage those in any of our congregations to get involved. And of course, if you know of anyone able to take part as a volunteer, we encourage you to spread the word.”

The initiative will target the City of Detroit during a two-year period (2016-17) and will focus on children under the age of 3 years old in zip codes 48201, 48204, 48206, 48208, 48216, 48219, 48226 and 48238. The goal is to complete the immunization regimen for 2,700 children.

The role of a volunteer would be to serve in helping to advocate, inform the community and make appropriate referrals to nearby clinics where vaccinations can be conducted. A volunteer may also work to secure venues for educational programs.

If this is an area of concern and passion for you, and you are interested in learning more about how to help with this project, contact Canon Jo Ann Hardy, diocesan administrator, no later than Feb. 29 at for further details.