Location: Michigan, USA
Industries: Academia and Health Care
Objective: Improve Everything
Interests: MSU Football season ticket holder for many years; avid gardener; philanthropy; and I make films
Awards, Honors, and Memberships:
- American College of Healthcare Executives
- American Sociological Association
- OMIA Foundation, Board Member
- Michigan State University
- University of Michigan (Flint)
- Saginaw Valley State University
- Adrian College
- Delta College
- Alma College
ASA Section Memberships and Interests:
- Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility
- Medical Sociology
- Sociological Practice & Public Sociology
At the CMU College of Medicine: Sit on executive and quality improvement committees to bridge the gap between administration and practice; Project collaboration to implement organizational integration across wide spectrum of service lines and coverage area
Received a Master’s of Science in Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Leadership from Central Michigan University; Thesis research covered access, knowledge, and enrollment rates of public benefits programs; Currently writing a dissertation on structural inequalities to fulfill the requirements of a doctorate in Sociology at Michigan State University (Go Green!)
Documentary Film Producer: OUR DREAMS
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What’s the film about?
It started with a single research question: Are sports a viable career option for youth living in a post-industrial city?
John Girdwood interviewed athletes all over Michigan to hear perspectives on the viability of pro sports as an occupational aspiration. With more leagues overseas and a growing group from Flint who are finding success there, is it something youth can aspire to? At the same time, there are less factory jobs available. The film “OUR DREAMS” looks at sports careers for youth in post-industrialized cities.
Health Care Leadership: View Profile
For the past six years, I’ve held progressively responsible leadership positions in healthcare with an additional passion for helping students realize positive outcomes through academic study while moonlighting as a college professor. The Central Michigan University College of Medicine Fellowship has combined my experiences into an opportunity for making the greatest impact.
- 2-year implementation of paperless record keeping system to track unpaid labor cost-savings averaging close to $500,000 annually
- Initiated several projects to stimulate growth through fund development including partnerships with the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Michigan State University, and the Buick Open (PGA)
- Participate in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement team that originates concepts that gain board approval
- Played vital role in launching Hospice Foundation, assisting Vice President in sustainability plan for $300,000 endowment
- Positioned subsidiary volunteer program into corporate 2012 integration focus
- Appointed 3 individuals to Board of Directors for McLaren Homecare Group, a $90 million annual revenue healthcare non-profit
“The OMIA Foundation was incorporated in 2007 while I was taking masters classes at Central Michigan University. I believe in pragmatic learning, so I performed an exercise in non-profit administration byactually going through with forming a 501c3 organization. At first, I personally funded an effort to get more music into classrooms. I would take my guitar and play music for preK-12 classrooms and bring a lesson along with the music. It was fun, but other professional obligations pulled me in another direction. That’s when we turned the OMIA Foundation into a scholarship source.” – John Girdwood, Executive Director
Learn more about John Girdwood on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, IMDB, Amazon, or searching for him on Google. Consider donating to the causes that John supports, especially the OMIA Foundation. View lectures by John on YouTube or search for his Podcast on iTunes. The “Our Dreams” soundtrack is also available through Amazon or the Google Play store.
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