Center for Women’s and Children’s Health and Well Being

We work to ensure all women and children in our community remain healthy and safe.

During his 20-plus years as a practicing physician, David Wolf, D.O., saw a need for medical care outside his scope of work. He was particularly concerned about a lack of psychological care and social services for lower-income women and children with limited access to care.

So Dr. Wolf, associate program director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, formed a steering committee -- including doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, and passionate community members -- to gather resources and address these issues.

This committee was the beginning of the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health and Well Being (CWCHWB).

Our mission

The Center for Women's and Children’s Health and Well Being is a point of contact for major challenges affecting Michigan women and children and a catalyst for elevating public awareness for these causes. The Center identifies and strengthens existing and new resources to foster collaboration among stakeholders and to provide solutions to these issues.

Meet our community partners

We are fortunate to be surrounded by community organizations working toward similar goals with whom we can collaborate.

Metro Detroit Share

Metro Detroit Share provides support and resources to families in Metro Detroit who have experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy. The organization:

  • Hosts an annual Walk for Remembrance and Hope
  • Hosts monthly support groups
  • Provides funeral assistance for families who experience a stillbirth or infant loss
  • Provides memory boxes to local hospitals for these families

Tomorrow’s Child

For more than 20 years, Tomorrow’s Child has worked with Michigan providers and communities to ensure babies have a healthy start in life.

Its mission is characterized by its Back to Sleep and Infant Safe Sleep campaigns. The rising rate of sleep-related infant deaths prompted Tomorrow’s Child to develop intensive, evidence-based programs to educate professionals, families, and caregivers.

As Michigan’s sole referral site for infant deaths, Tomorrow’s Child offers services for families and technical support and training for professionals who provide bereavement care.

Our initiatives

Along with participating in our partner’s programs, we have developed our own projects to serve women and children in our community.

Yes Ma'am Program

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Nearly 250,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and about 40,000 will die from the disease. The most effective way to increase survival rates is through mammography screenings.

The Yes Ma'am Program helps women in the Downriver community take steps toward prevention and early detection of breast cancer by:

  • Providing free mammogram screenings through the Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured
  • Hosting two annual Breast Cancer Health Fairs
  • Participating in women’s health community events
  • Providing community education about breast cancer to save women's lives

Infant Safe Sleep project

For every 1,000 live births in Wayne County in 2009, about 10 infants died before reaching their first birthday. Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Birthing Center and Tomorrow's Child partnered to begin the Infant Safe Sleep project to ensure our babies have a healthy, safe first year of life. Together, we provide general guidelines for infant sleep safety and educate new mothers and families about proper infant sleeping positions.

The project provides:

  • Fitted sheets for hospital cribs
  • Sleep sacks for newborns to use within the hospital and at home
  • Educational material for new parents about safe infant sleeping positions and patterns

Meet our committee members

Reaching our goals takes dedicated, caring individuals. Meet the men and women who are working to meet the needs of women and children in our community:

  • David L. Wolf, D.O., FACOOG
    Associate Program Director, OB/GYN Residency Program
    Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
    Chair, Center for Women's and Children's Health
  • Andrea Carlson, R.N.C.
    Registered Nurse, Birthing Center
    Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
  • Mary DeSana, R.N., B.S.N.
    Clinical Nurse Manager, Birthing Center
    Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
  • Susan Schefsky Klotz, M.S., R.N.C.
    Nursing Administrator
    Henry Ford Hospital-Detroit Campus
  • Susan LaCroix, R.N., M.S.H.A.
  • Bernie Nareski, R.T. (R)(M)
    Mammography Tech
    Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
    “Yes, Ma’am” Champion
  • P. Charles Rossi, Ph.D.
    Consultant, Marketing Communications and Development
  • Diana Wiebusch, M.T. (ASCP)
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