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Rissa Thomas checks out the work at the annual UICA Artists Market.

Outside Coffee Co. keeps people warm with domes and drink through winter.

Coffee lovers enjoy brew from Mayan Buzz at the Bridge St. Market.

The family that cosplays together stays together.

Features

William Butler is prepared to get his blood drawn at HUDA by his nurse, Val Gamble. Butler has been coming to HUDA for his health care needs since he lost his health insurance four years ago.

How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

Marginalized Michigan residents are finding health services in easily accessible neighborhood locations, and formerly defunct buildings are becoming bright spots on their blocks.

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RapidChat: Wendy Sellers discusses the upcoming federal budget's effect on sex education

Should the proposed federal budget pass this month, the Michigan Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), which helps reduce at risk behaviors that result without sex education, wouldn't receive any additional funding. Rapid Chat sits down with Sellers, President of Health 4 Hire, to discuss this vital issue.

Good parenting requires self care.

Self-care is key for parents coping with mental illness

Parenting can bring the best of times and the worst of times. Self-care can be the key to parenting success, especially for parents experiencing mental health issues.

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Mobile markets deliver healthy food and build community

By rethinking typical ways of accessing food, communities are bridging the gap between the farm and the plate. Learn how mobile markets can positively impact health while building connections between neighbors.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

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G-Sync: Co-Housing is Personal and Community-Building

Rapid Growth's former editor, Anna Gustafson, reported on this local matter with her piece, "The search for affordable housing in Grand Rapids: How housing co-ops are making a difference" in 2016. This month, publisher Tommy Allen sits down with a community member who has been living in one of the city's longest-running co-housing residences for nearly 18 years.
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