Our do'ers profile: in our do'ers profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Ismael Ahmed, director of the Michigan Department of Human Services.Name: Ismael Ahmed
Title: Director, Michigan Department of Human Services
Years of Service: Since September 2007
Rewards of the Job: The job affords opportunities to improve conditions for millions of Michigan residents struggling to make ends meet during tough economic times. It also allows me to help carry on the efforts begun by President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty and Dr. Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. The campaign culminated in a march on Washington, D.C. demanding economic aid to the poorest communities of the United States. to reduce the effects of poverty and maximize economic opportunities.
Accomplishments Most Proud Of: My administration has implemented a variety of child welfare system reforms, including establishing a consortium of Michigan Schools of Social Work to perform research and train and evaluate social workers; public-private partnerships to enhance child welfare services; and a task force dedicated to developing measurable outcomes for foster care, adoption, juvenile justice and homeless and runaway youth This article is about a child who leaves home without permission. For other uses, see Runaway.
A runaway is a minor who has left the home of his or her parent or legal guardian without permission or has been thrown out by his or her parent. .
I am also proud of the fact that, for three consecutive years, I have been a guest speaker on U.S. and Arab relations at the Foreign Ministers Meeting of the League of Arab States League of Arab States: see Arab League. .
Future Challenges for Public Service Delivery: We will continue to address the challenges of meeting an increasing need for services with significantly limited staff and fiscal resources. This means we must also reaffirm our commitment to educating the public, state and federal legislators, and the media about the critical nature of the programs we administer and their extreme importance as investments in Michigan's social and economic future.
Little Known Facts About Me: After high school, on and off into my twenties, I worked on overseas freighters going around the world. I started in the engine room and then became an able-bodied seaman. That gave me a chance to visit most of the Third World countries in Asia, Africa and South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. and see first hand what life was like in those places.
Outside Interests: I've always believed that music, arts and culture have the power to change communities. In the 60s, I did rock concert fundraisers for anti-war causes. In the 70s, I was involved in "Rock Against Racism Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a campaign set up by Red Saunders, Roger Huddle and others in winter 1976. It was founded in response to allegedly racist comments and gestures made by David Bowie and Eric Clapton. ." For 20 years, I hosted three radio programs in Detroit featuring music from all over the world. I have also been involved with the Concert of Colors Concert of Colors is an annual music festival held in Detroit, Michigan presented by New Detroit, Inc., the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Arab American National Museum and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. , one of the largest music festivals in the United States This is a list of festivals in the United States. Arts and crafts festivals
See also: Color .