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Scams rob Michigan elders of millions, but health providers and nonprofits offer help

Michigan organizations that provide health care and other services for older adults are working to reduce the impact of scams through education and legislative help.

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Mixed delivery of Michigan’s PreK for All could include home-based early childhood educators

A common concern about PreK for All that came up during listening sessions was the role of home-based childcare and early education providers.

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Modular housing provides affordable homes to help address the housing shortage

In order to address the housing shortage in Grand Rapids, the city and surrounding entities are looking carefully at increasing accessibility and affordability of housing. One local company, InnovaLab is quickly adding to the number of housing units, with cost-efficient, quick-build modular homes.

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Why air travel for people who use wheelchairs is getting better

From the new Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights to being able to use aisle chairs to board planes, the travel experience is improving for people who depend on wheelchairs.

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Michigan's foster children face mental health challenges – but these agencies set them up to succeed

All foster children experience some form of trauma, but Michigan's child and family service agencies are working to provide the mental health services foster kids desperately need.

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Expanding reach and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through Tech Week

Tech Week is in full swing and provides opportunities for education, entertainment and networking in Grand Rapids and throughout the region.

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Igniting creativity, diversity and collaboration at The Spark

Promoted as an “energetic retail space,” The Spark at Kendall College of Art and Design seeks to bring together artists and the community at large. Highlighting various mediums including art, jewelry, apparel and more, local makers now have another venue for exhibiting and selling their work.

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Behavioral health at home helps Muskegon-area older adults improve quality of life

Multiple organizations in the Muskegon area are bringing trained counselors to the homes of older adults who face mobility or transportation challenges.

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Michigan looks to create a better career path for early childhood educators

Improved career pathways, state incentives, and improved wages are essential to recruiting and retaining the early education workforce needed for the PreK for All roll-out.

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Michigan’s rural CMHs work hard on improving access to mental health resources

MI Mental Health spoke with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Chief Operations Officer Joanie Blamer and Sanilac County Community Mental Health CEO Wil Morris on addressing the mental health and wellness needs of rural communities.   

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Unleashing innovation: Tech Week's impact on Grand Rapids and beyond

Grand Rapids is gearing up for its annual Tech Week, where industry, culture and technology collide. With 40 events for more than 6,000 expected attendees, you won't want to miss out on the future of tech in Grand Rapids!

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Steelcase Foundation Grant will allow Arbor Circle to expand mental health counseling accessibility

A $100,000 Steelcase Foundation grant  will support a two-year Arbor Circle project focused on mental health support for children and families.   

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BC's Café Rica and GR's Natural Maya inspired by native culture, supported by Northern Initiatives

Two Southwest Michigan Latinx businesses feature Mexican and Costa Rican products, sharing elements of Hispanic culture with their communities, thanks in part to nonprofit lender Northern Initiatives.

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How URC is building talent-generating capacity, designed to propel Michigan’s economy

“The state of Michigan has realized that this is a ‘do or die’ moment with this economic and technological transformation of the automotive industry and related industries,” says University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida. It's one of the reasons he is part of a group working closely with universities, cities, and stakeholders to build better, more vibrant, sustainable cities in our state.

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