MOA President Lawrence Prokop, DO, FAOCPMR-D, addresses the Origami symposium

Origami Hosts 12th Annual Brain Injury Symposium

On Friday, June 22, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center hosted their 12th Annual Brain Injury Symposium of Mid-Michigan. Each year Origami aims to enhance attendees knowledge of brain injury rehabilitation. This year they covered a variety of topics, including Alternative Treatments to Pain Management and Human Trafficking: Understanding Advocacy and Serving Survivors. Stay tuned, Origami will be announcing the date for their 2019 Brain Injury Symposium of Mid-Michigan later this summer. If you would like to be a speaker or suggest a speaker for next year, please fill out the form at the link below.

Team #ADAMSTRONG Raising awareness to Fight Melonoma

In September 2017, former Michigan Osteopathic Association board member Adam Hunt, DO, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. As he began his battle against the disease, his friends and colleagues rallied to help. Staff and leadership at Covenant Emergency Care Center began a campaign to raise awareness that included "#ADAMSTRONG" wristbands and T-Shirts. The Residency program helped raise awareness as well.

"The support from my colleagues, friends and family has been nothing short of overwhelming," said Dr. Hunt.

This October the AdamStrong Team will participate in a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the AIM at Melanoma Foundation. The event features 14 teams competing in raising donations. You can be a part of the AdamStrong team by participating in the event or by donating online.

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Location: Kensington Metropark-Martindale Beach, 2240 Buno Road, Milford MI

Donations are currently being accepted on the AIM at Melanoma Foundation website.

Adam Hunt Page

MDHHS Town Hall Meetings on MIHIP
The 2019 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan (MIHIP) will replace the current Infant Mortality Reduction Plan, which will be sunsetting later this year. Throughout the development and implementation process of the MIHIP, the MDHHS will work closely with partners and communities to align efforts and share resources.
MDHHS and the Maternal Infant Strategy Group (MISG), in collaboration with regional partners, will be hosting Town Hall meetings to garner community input and support for the 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan. The meetings will be held in 4 regions of the state, with invitations to anyone invested in improving the health of mothers and infants in Michigan. Goals for each meeting include introducing the plan, collecting feedback from the community to determine priorities and barriers to successful program implementation, and bridging community partners to work together to improve health outcomes.
Date and Time
Wednesday July 25, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Thursday August 16, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm
Henry Ford Health System
1 Ford Place
Detroit, MI 48203
Monday September 10, 2018
Time TBD
Upper Peninsula Health Plan
853 W Washington Street
Marquette, MI 49855

How is the Michigan Osteopathic Association helping its members?

The Michigan Osteopathic Association recently renewed its partnership with SoFi, a leader in marketplace lending and the largest provider of student loan refinancing, with over $18 Billion student loans refinanced. They help ambitious professionals accelerate their success with student loan refinancing. Check your rates in two minutes at

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As a MOA member you get:

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5 Things to know about the 2018 AOA Annual Business Meeting

1 -  Each July more than 500 members of the AOA House of Delegates gather to adopt policy, elect officers and celebrate the osteopathic medical profession.
2Dates: July 19 - 22, 2018   
3 - Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 
4 - Michigan Caucus meets Thursday before start of the House to discuss the MOA position on proposed Resolutions.   
5 - MOA Presence: 48 Delegates, including MOA Student Board member Matthew Meranda

Meetings Schedule
Meeting Materials

TRIAD Summer Issue

The TRIAD Online for Summer 2018 theme is Passion for the Profession: The summer edition of the TRIAD Online features highlights from the 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention, a "DO Spotlight" on Jim Sylvain, DO, and his work with the Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. 

The issue also includes a special tribute to a DO who personified a 'passion for the profession,' Larry Abramson, DO. His efforts with the MOA are impossible to replace, and our association is not alone as Dr. Abramson served as a mentor and leader among so many groups.

Featured articles
The Chief Medical Officer from Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Gary Roth, DO, MBA, FACOS, FCCM, FACS, answers the questions his colleagues ask when they learn of his post-surgeon role as CMO for the MHA. 

An article from William Powers, DO, on his experience with transgender patients and the unique care he provides. 

The story of how a Detroit-area high school raised more than $148,000 for Detroit Street Care and the passionate people who lead the program to serve the homeless on the streets of Detroit. 

Are you wasting money on your practice? Ewa Matuszewski, Senior Consultant for Healthcare Partners of Michigan provides insight on smart investment in a time when it is easy to overspend on EHR.  

How do you calculate, or recalculate, your retirement plan in the face of changing taxes, benefits, market returns and infaltion rates? Expert insight from MSUFCU debunking common myths on retirement planning. 

The threat of cybercrime to practices and hospitals continue to increase. Industry expert Coverys offers an overview on the trends, new risks with medical devices and the cost of non-compliance with HIPPA.   


Spartan Street Medicine hosts Street Medicine Founder

On July 9th, Spartan Street Medicine hosted a presentation from Dr. Jim Withers as he recounted his inspirations, revelations and his fight against homelessness.

For over 25 years Dr. Withers has delivered medical care to the homeless. What began as a learning opportunity turned into the Street Medicine Institute (SMI). Established in 2005 in Pittsburg, PA, Dr. Withers has created a model where doctors and students can perform "reality-based medicine."

The mutual benefits became apparent in communities as SMI would become a global leader in developing the field and practice of Street Medicine and has helped cultivate or improve Street Medicine programs in over 85 cities located in 15 countries across 5 continents. His efforts have been recognized by many, including CNN featuring Dr. Withers in the CNN Heroes series.

Spartan Street Medicine is one of the programs that has grown out of the Street Medicine Institute. Working in the greater Lansing area, the program utilizes students from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

"The Spartan Street Medicine team is incredibly thankful to Dr. Withers for visiting our campus and "inoculating" all of us with the idealism that drives him to this day," said Spartan Street Medicine Co-Founder Brianne Feldpausch.

Spartan Street Medicine - MAOFP webpage
CNN Heroes Video
The Street Medicine Movement Ted Talk with Dr. Jim Withers

 Upcoming Events

AOA Annual Business Meeting: July 19-22, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Those who were elected to serve at the AOA House of Delegates will represent the MOA to vote on policy. If you have questions on serving as a delegate or would like more information please contact Virginia at

Oakland County Osteopathic Association BBQ
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Location: 1951 Windside Dr., West Bloomfield

Autumn Scientific Convention: November 16-18, 2018 | Grand Rapids, MI
Location: Amway Grand Plaza
More information and registration available at:

Ingham Osteopathic Association (IOA) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Times: 6pm
Location: The University Club

120th Annual Spring Scientific Convention: May 16-19, 2019 | Southfield, MI
Location: Westin Southfield Detroit
More information will be available January 2019

June 29, 2018 saw the passing of H. John Barkay, DO

June 9, 2018 saw the passing of Richard W. Adams, DO

May 31, 2018 saw the passing of Steven Pitt, DO

April 9, 2018, saw the passing of Paul Thomas, DO
March 15, 2018, saw the passing of Alice Kathleen Shanaver, DO
January 26, 2018, saw the passing of Henry F. Marcus, DO

January 23, 2018, saw the passing of Edward A. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO
January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
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