Detroit Evening Report: Detroit Piston partnering with Detroit Public Schools to support local Health Hubs

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East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney in Detroit.

East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney in Detroit.

Detroit Public Schools announced Thursday it will partner with Detroit Piston Cade Cunningham and GE Appliances to help fund its neighborhood Health Hub program.

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The announcement was made at the East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney, where Cunningham presented the district with $60,000 to support the district’s 12 hubs.

The district received $4.5 million in funding last summer to launch the program, which is designed to provide wraparound services in conjunction with the school-based health centers on-site.

“We know that academic growth and consistent attendance require our students and families to be healthy and stable,” Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, said in a statement last summer. “This is another step to ensure our students and families are able to access the support they need through their neighborhood school in alignment with the District’s strategic plan’s whole-child commitment.”

In addition to the funding from Cunningham, GE says it has agreed to provide each location with a laundry center. The program offers a range of services for students and families, according to the district, including mental health services, housing counseling and legal aid services. 

The 12 hub sites include Cody, Osborn, Mumford, Henry Ford, Central, Western, Denby, Pershing, East English Village at Finney, Southeastern, Northwestern and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.