Programs & Events

FCDS offers programs that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals and the communities in which they live. We currently offer the following programs:

  • Healthy Transitions

  • This program is offered in coordination with the Ingham County Health Department. The objectives of this program are to improve access to health care services and to provide health education for low-income residents, and refugees and other individuals with limited English language skills. This program has served refugees and immigrants from many countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cuba, Iraq, Kosovo, Russia, Somalia, Burma, and Sudan and has been offered continuously since 1995. An important feature of this program is the focus on providing culturally-sensitive assistance in order to encourage individuals to seek health care services in a timely manner. Some of the services offered in this program include interpretation, assistance with filing forms and making appointments, arranging transportation, home visits and education on preventive health care. Our Healthy Transitions staff has assisted over a thousand men, women and children during thousands of clinic and home visits.
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  • Nutrition Education and Access to Healthy Food
  • The program was started in 2007 under a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to provide nutrition education to immigrant and refugee communities in Greater Lansing. The program also aimed to improve access to fruits and vegetables in a part of the city where these communities reside by encouraging the owner of a local ethnic food store to carry fruits and vegetables.
  • Produce rack at a local ethnic store in Lansing
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  • Breast Cancer Education and Screening
  • The breast cancer education program was initiated in 2004 through the support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to provide education sessions on breast cancer prevention and treatment for several ethnic groups in Lansing. Group sessions have been are offered in the native language of each of the Afghan, Somali, Arab, Burmese, and Bosnian communities. In addition, women, over the age of 40, are recruited to participate in breast screening exams, which include mammograms.
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  • Past programs
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  • Healthy Transitions for Youth

  • This program provided educational and social enrichment activities for refugee and immigrant youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The main activity was a tutoring and homework assistance program for middle school and high school students. Tutors were made available during the lunch hour and after school for high school students at Eastern High School in Lansing. After school tutoring was also made available for Middle School students at the Greater Lansing Islamic School in East Lansing. Another component of this program was a summer day-camp for youth. During each of the two years the program was offered, approximately 40 students participated in these camps, which included sports activities, field trips, and educational sessions. The day-camps also included Girl Scout activities. The Healthy Transitions for Youth program was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.