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RapidChat: Amy Acton on being a burn survivor, the importance of peer support, and more

At the age of 18, Amy Acton suffered from an electrical burn. She reveals that "I often found myself wondering why this happened, why I survived and the other person didn’t, and how I could help prevent something like this from ever happening again." Now, serving as Executive Director of Phoenix Society for Burn Victims, Amy uses her experience as inspiration — highlighting the importance of peer support in every burn survivor's recovery process.

Members of the Refugee Development Center's support group for refugee girls in Lansing.

How can we address Michigan students' desperate need for behavioral health services?

One in five children is affected by mental illness, but getting students access to the mental health resources they need is a challenge.

Bruce Retterath demonstrates use of a telepsychiatry system.

How telemedicine brings healthcare into vulnerable patients' homes

Programs that allow patients to confer with medical staff via phone or videoconferencing have the potential to create more equitable access to health care, but they're underutilized for a variety of reasons.

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RapidChat: Patty McCormick on providing a home away from home at the RMHWM

As the medical and mental health facilities in Grand Rapids grow in reputation and in specialties offered, so does the need for lodging of patients and their families. "These families are facing unimaginable stress and it's our mission to provide them a “home-away-from-home” at no cost," stresses Patty McCormick, Development Director of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.  

Lee Township resident Judy Wirtz confers with community health worker Jerry Burton.

How community health workers bridge the gap between at-risk communities and healthcare providers

Distrust, misunderstanding, and disconnection often exist between at-risk communities and the healthcare system. Community health workers use deep knowledge of their communities to mitigate those issues.
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