Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
Many Roles and Talents Mark Pat Mullin’s Passions
Born and raised on the East Side of Detroit, Ms. Patricia Mullin has a passion for learning and sharing information with others. For 25 years she worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technician, where she performed exams to determine organ function. She mainly worked in cardiac care, but also did scans of the brain, thyroid, lungs, and more. Her strength and endurance to continue learning led her to join the Urban League Mature Workers Program, which provides skill training in a placement. Already familiar with the HBEC program, Patricia asked to be placed in the HBEC office for her training. During this time, Patricia helped plan Lunch & Learns, resurveyed HBEC members, and helped plan the Annual Health Reception. She even received an award for recruiting the most new HBEC members in a week! After the Mature Workers program ended, Pat earned her realtor license, substitute taught, and even received a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied science with a minor in health care administration when she was 57!
Although she has been an HBEC member since 2010, she joined the Community Advisory Board in 2017. This is when she came back to work at the Institute of Gerontology, working part-time for the Success after Financial Exploitation (SAFE) program. SAFE provides one-on-one help for anyone who has experienced financial exploitation. Pat organizes presentations on the program, and markets it at community events and by staffing resource tables. Her previous experience as a financial planner, coupled with her passion for sharing information, makes her truly excel in this position.
In her down time, Patricia loves to travel, read, and is a caregiver to both of her parents. Pat is also a cancer survivor, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Her life experiences inspire a deep value for research and community development. She is devoted to sharing information and knowledge that will better individuals and the community. This all circles back to why Patricia enjoys being an HBEC and CAB member. She thoroughly enjoys working at Wayne State University and is so proud of the university’s involvement to support the community. Her role as a CAB member allows her to continue learning and supporting her community through sharing information. We are so fortunate to have her on the CAB!