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Greater Flint Health Coalition + SNAP-Ed = a healthier community

The Greater Flint Health Coalition recently added two new programs that support residents in eating healthy and moving more.

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Michigan projects aim to dismantle racism at the root of maternal and infant deaths

Racism is killing mothers and babies in Michigan – and initiatives across the state are working to tackle that root cause and save lives.

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Vending machine conveniently offers life-saving drug

To address the latest opioid overdose epidemic, local nonprofit The Grand Rapids Red Project has a new way to save lives in the community. In partnership with Wayne State University, the nonprofit installed a naloxone vending machine outside its office, which offers the lifesaving drug for free 24/7.

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Community groups look to convince redistricting commission to change state maps

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will listen to public comments in Lansing and Detroit this December as they prepare to vote on the maps representing Michigan’s new political districts on Thursday, Dec. 30. Here’s how area nonprofits are approaching what could be the final month of discourse.

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PODCAST: Migrant workers, rural Michigan, and rethinking community during COVID

On this week's episode of Michigan's State of Health, we're digging into how migrant workers have embodied rural Michigan's experience with COVID-19 – and how to improve health care for all rural Michiganders in the long run.

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PODCAST: Reconnecting to behavioral health care in a time of crisis

On this week's episode of Michigan's State of Health, we're digging into  how COVID-19 helped raise awareness of the importance of behavioral health – and how to support Michiganders through the long-term behavioral health issues COVID is likely to create.

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Michigan schools adopt new software to expand mental health services

All 56 of the state's ISDs now have access to a software product for managing behavioral health referrals, screenings, treatment plans, and more.

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KDL addresses barriers due to poverty

Despite having a treasure trove of free resources — many of which are available to local residents, even without a library card — there are still barriers preventing community members from access. Whether it’s lack of transportation, basic food needs or career development, Kent District Library has programs and partnerships to help support our underserved community members.

Feature Story Miigwech, Inc. members dressed in traditional attire addressed the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission at a public hearing in Lansing in October.

Nonprofit organizes trips to redistricting hearings to provide platform for Native American voices

“Even though this was about redistricting, it was even more of a way for us to say: Number one, you’re on our lands, and you should include us in everything. And number two, we're everywhere. We're in every voting neighborhood. We're in every voting bloc. We are all over the place,” says Meredith Kennedy, executive director of the Miigwech, Inc. nonprofit organization.

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Navigate family gatherings by setting a ‘comfort baseline’

The spread of COVID-19 is still a risk when unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals get together. Here’s how you can navigate your schedule of family gatherings while seeking to keep yourself and loved ones healthy.

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PODCAST: Can COVID help us close gaps in Michigan's food supply chain?

On this week's episode of Michigan's State of Health, we're digging into how COVID strained Michigan's food system – and how we all can help to strengthen it.

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Under-recognized frontline workers help spread word on COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan

Community health workers have been integral to getting the word out about COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness. 

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Joining a movement: New Community Transformation Fund promotes diversity at all levels

The New Community Transformation Fund is an investment fund focused on increasing inclusivity and improving economic equity for POC-owned businesses. Welcoming its first Managing Director, Ollie Howie, the Fund is focused on securing additional capital and completing its first investments.

Feature Story Even under the best of conditions, seasonal and migrant farmworkers toil long, exhausting hours in extreme weather conditions, possibly exposed to pesticides. 

Migrant Legal Aid’s Fair Food Pledge works to alleviate migrant farmworker injustices

Migrant Legal Aid’s Fair Food Pledge is a partnership with food retailers and produce growers that has set standards for treating farmworkers fairly and ethically.

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PODCAST: Combating older adults' loneliness during COVID – and beyond

On this week's episode of Michigan's State of Health, we're digging into how COVID-19 raised awareness of the challenges Michigan's older adults face – and how to better address them.

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Ramped-up expungement program will help deserving Kent County residents gain a “clean slate”


Black, woman engineer addresses STEM at the roots


More Grand Rapids businesses now eligible for Small Business COVID Adaptation grants


The City of GR purchases 35 bus shelters to support mobility and accessibility


Oak Hill Cemetery is area’s first arboretum: “There are some giants in that cemetery.”


Mel Trotter Ministries launches virtual kitchen to support its mission


Development

Ramped-up expungement program will help deserving Kent County residents gain a “clean slate”


Black, woman engineer addresses STEM at the roots


More Grand Rapids businesses now eligible for Small Business COVID Adaptation grants


Oak Hill Cemetery is area’s first arboretum: “There are some giants in that cemetery.”


The Home Accessibility Center will help people with disabilities imagine possibilities


Virtual Pitch Competition seeks to grow Michigan’s outdoor recreation sector


Innovation

The City of GR purchases 35 bus shelters to support mobility and accessibility


Mel Trotter Ministries launches virtual kitchen to support its mission


Michigan native returns to open Grand Rapids School of Dance


Latino Outdoors encourages Latinx community to get outdoors and reclaim nature


Creston business relaunches as nonprofit Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts


Host Productions LLC plans to open a community theater and more on the West Side


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