WMU News

Children's trauma center awarded $65,000

Aug. 11, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University is flying a little higher after being named the Worthy State President's Charity by the Michigan Eagles Club and awarded $64,900 by the organization.

Each year, the president of the Eagles Club names a primary charity to receive its largest award. This year, Bud Haigh from the Three Rivers Eagles Club and president of the Michigan Eagles Club, named CTAC as the recipient.

CTAC consists of a trans-disciplinary team of experts from WMU's School of Social Work, Department of Speech-Pathology and Audiology and Department of Occupational Therapy, as well as a clinical director and board certified pediatrician. The team assesses and provides multiple intervention to traumatized Michigan children who have been abused, neglected or are living with the effects of prenatal alcohol and drug abuse.

According to Dr. James Henry, CTAC director, the money will be used to support the center operations, including assessment of children, meeting with families and participating in school planning for the children. He says the award will enhance the center's ability to serve traumatized children and that he and his team are honored to have been chosen as a state charity by the Michigan Eagles Club.

"The Michigan Eagles Club is a great group of people," Henry says. "They are helping us to help children in need."

Visit the CTAC on the Web at <www.wmich.edu/traumacenter>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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