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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 13, 1977-Page 7

'U' gets prison health
care research grant

The University School of Public
Health will be the major recipient of a
$1 million federal program to upgrade
health care in the nation's prisons, it
was announced Tuesday..
The program, funded by the Justice
Department's Law Enforcement As-
sistance Administration, is described
as a "massive commitment" for es-
tablishing "acceptable" health care
standards for prison inmates.
THE PROGRAM will be co-directed
by Dr. Jay Harness, director of the Of-
fice of Health Care of the Michigan
Department of Corrections and, a
faculty surgeon, and Marilyn Lindenau-
er, research associate in the depart-
ment of Medical Care Organization.
Although the University received the
largest portion of the grant - $400,000
- the remaining money will be divided
up among nine other states. The other
states - some of which have not yet
been' selected - will also perform re-
search for the 18-month pilot program.
Michigan was chosen first for the pro-
gram because of its recent landmark
court decisions recognizing an inmate's
right to adequate health care.
"BECAUSE MICHIGAN has begun to
see its problems, and define and ad-
dress them, we are much further along
than other states," Lindenauer said.
"We hope to use this experience as a lab
for other states to examine their own'
needs and problems. We want to avoid
having 50 states go on crash programs

... individually when the same solution
could be accomplished in the one na-
tional program."
School of Public Health faculty mem-
bers experienced in medical care or-
ganization will be working on the grant
program. Their duties will include
organizing data on prison epidemiology
(distribution of illnesses among con-
victs) and generating a flow of such
data through classes and fieldwork. A
national conference will be held to
report on the findings.
Participating in the program along
with the University and the Michigan
Correction Department will be the
Michigan State University (MSU) Col-
lege of Human Medicine, where health
care providers will undergo instruction,
and the American Medical Association,
which will apply their knowledge of
health care to establish health standar-
ds in jails.
accreditation of prison health care
around the country are major goals of
the project. A spokesman said he hoped
that prison infirmaries and clinics
would one day have to meet certain re-
quirements as hospitals now do.
"The conditions are woefully bad,"
said Lindenauer. "The prisons are in
desperate need of improvement - if not
in the quality of care, than in the quality
and in the access to it.
"Professionally, (the prison) has
always been a low-esteem place to
practice for doctors." "But now, Linde-
riauer added, "with programs like this,
perhaps there will be a groundswell."

Sign of the season ***

The shilhouettes of Canadian geese against a grey fall sky are as sure a sign as
any that winter is on the way. Here, some of the thousands that stop off at Wiscon-

sins Horizon Marsh resume their long annual migration southward.


U.S. Indians' plight
is subject of talk

State liquor anel challenged
} LANSING (UPI) - The authority nearly 14 months to answer questions and House Consumer Committee garbage pickers," said Teamsters
of the State Liquor Cpntrol Commis- concerning its authority and to chairman H. Lynn Jondahl (D-East Union spokesman Harold Bondy, who
Sion (LCC) to nromulgate rules im- resolve lingering problems with the Lansing). represents beverage truck drivers.

plementing Michigan's ban on throw-
away'bottles and cans is being chal-
lenged by business and consumer
interests alike.
Most of the witnesses who ap-
peared yesterday at a' public hearing
on the proposed rules found some-
thing objectionable in them although
most said they are prepared to
comply with the law approved last
November by voters.
THE COMMISSION, however, has

bottle ban, which does not take effect
until Dec. 3, 1978.
Preliminary LCC rules would re-
quire all containers certified by the
commission and thus eligible for a
5-cent deposit to be identical, so that
they could be reused by a different
beverage manufacturer. Non-certi-
fied containers would carry a 10-cent
The rules also detail requirements
for a Michigan identification of the
bottle and for packaging.
SUCH BROAD regulations cannot
be slapped on the soft drink industry
by a liquor control panel, some par-
ticipants in the hearing believed,
including Michigan Soft Drink Asso-
ciation attorney Richard 'McLellan

"We believe the Liquor Control
Commission does not have the
authority to issue the proposed
rules," McLellan said flatly.
Jondahl added that he believes the
law, as originally approved by
voters, does not need a stack of
administrative rules to have its
desired effect, reducing litter and
helping preserve mineral resources
and energy
PROBLEMS THAT crop up should
be brought to the attention of the
legislature for action, Jondahl said.
Several expected problems, how-
ever, were foreshadowed for the
"Our drivers are not going to
become backroom bottle sorters or




SEVERAL merchants said that,
despite all the problems presented by
a daily flood of bottles and cans they
must accept, they mostly want au-
thority to refuse dirty containers.
"We want the right to have clean
stores and maintain high sanitation
standards," said Edward Deeb of the
Associated Food Dealers of Michi-
It has not been finally decided
whether or not non-refillable bottles
will be allowed. One of the prime
movers of the bottle referendum,
Thomas Washington of the Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, said he
interprets the law as meaning that all
beverage containers sold in Michigan
will be either refillable or recyclable.
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a nice,
to -lve
(Continued from Page 1)
THE STUDY seems to reflect the
declining popularity of downtown as a
shopping area. Over 31 per cent of those
polled said they go downtown less often
than they used to while 18.7 per cent in-
dicated they go downtown more often
than they used to. Furthermore, only 27
per cent of those responding found
downtown "interesting and exciting."
"This is not to say the area has com-
pletely deteriorated, however, for over
52 per cent of the respondents stated
they do, at least, some shopping down-
town for things other than groceries,"
concluded the study.
By contrast, peole found the campus
area both interesting and exciting. Said
the study: "The campus area appears
to derive its popularity from its exciting
atmosphere rather than as a con-
venience center or its reasonable
SEVENTY-THREE per cent of those
responding indicated they think the city
is "somewhat or completely safe," and
the majority of the people polled are
satisfied with police protection in
general. However. 77.5 per cent said
there were areas in Ann Arbor where
they were afraid to walk alone at night
while 23.6 per cent said they belonged to
households which had been broken into,
vandalized, or burglarized in the last
three years.
Concerning city government, the
study shows "a fair number of people
felt it could in some way be described
as competent, active, aware, ac-
cessible, and generally good. On the
other hand, about 46 per cent of those
resonding felt city government was

(Continued from Page 1)
having lived on the reservation. The
students are taught survival
techniques, appreciation of nature,
history, English and Indian
languages, said Deere.
Participants are awarded a diploma
and the schools have become an alter-
native for drop-out students. Two of the
newest centers are located in St. Paul
and Minneapolis. Minn.
DEERE ALSO stressed his concern
for the young generation of all races. "I,
believe the young people are hungry. I-
believe they are looking for
Although he mentioned the problems
of all urban youth, the speaker reserved

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his emphasis for the Indian young.
"Indians never had theseyproblems
until their culture was taken away" and
they were forced to become
"Christianized," Deere said.
"WE HAVE a spiritual foundation
for our movement. Without the
spiritual base no organization would
ever exist." With a touch of ironic
wit, Deere said that the Indian
ancestors signed treaties with Amer-
icans in good faith under "their"
God. "We now see (Americans) don't
even believe in their own God."
"Under the white man's laws a
treaty can be broken," Deere said.
"Under the, Indian law, you cannot
break a commitment."

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