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Leading the nation, Michigan’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystems save lives through holistic model

A new initiative of the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice is working to change the cultural landscape around substance use disorder and decrease overdose deaths.

Feature Story Farm

Published Together: Interrupting a system of emergency with a system of justice

"This is how the emergency food system in the U.S. has operated – by nature, as a system it has been transactional, reactive, disempowering, racist, and paternalistic." In this special op ed, Erin Skidmore, Good Food Systems Director, Access of West Michigan, explores the history of the charity food system, the cracks in an unsustainable web of nonprofits, and the pathways to move forward.

Feature Story Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Miller outside the Grand Haven Armory.

Aldea Coffee is building community, one cup at a time

Aldea Coffee was started as a nonprofit to provide micro loans for farmers in Honduras. Now, with retail locations in Grand Haven and Muskegon, it’s creating a culture of partnership and fairness for growers, vendors, employees, and customers.

Longform Fish Ladder

Take me to the water: How public access to rivers, lakes, and streams is growing in Michigan

"People are defined by the water in Michigan, and access to it is really a deep value and a fundamental right."

Feature Story KG

Published Together: Exploring the access, equity, and obstacles of telehealth

In this special op ed, President/CEO of Arbor Circle Kristin Gietzen explores the impact of the shift to telehealth due to COVID-19, and how this unique method of providing behavioral health services provides advantages for some and obstacles for others.

Feature Story Andrew Boatright is the Zeeland BPW general manager.

Zeeland BPW aims to boost local economy with extra round of Power Dollars

This year, in an effort to promote local spending during the pandemic, the Zeeland BPW is distributing Economic Advantage Power Dollars to all customers who sign up for paperless billing by the Sept. 20 deadline.

Feature Story Michelle Bombe in her garden at her Laketown Township home.

Backyard gardens gain popularity during pandemic

MSU Extension has seen a spike in interest from those seeking to create home gardens since the pandemic began. Those who are trying it say gardening provides a food source and fills the need to nurture.

Feature Story Spring Grove park is wheelchair accessible.

What to do in August? 8 ways to explore your Lakeshore backyard

August is a prime time to enjoy the Lakeshore’s enchanting summers. This is a great month to get outside and explore Ottawa county’s treasures. Tourism expert Sally Laukitis offers up a list that includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

Feature Story Violet and Quinn Tunison were excited to back at the Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland.

Libraries’ reopening brings people back to ‘community living room’

Nearly all of the libraries across Ottawa County have reopened with new safety precautions in place. Reporter Heidi Tunison tried out the libraries with her two young ones in tow. She explains how the library experience has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Feature Story Rodger Price is the founder of Leading by Design.

One man’s vision: making West Michigan known for great leadership

Rodger Price is on a mission to train 1,000 West Michigan leaders. His Leading by Design program boasts an impressive list of alumni.

Feature Story Kyle A. Moroney with her family during last year's Coast Guard Festival.

A spirited salute to the 2020 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival that never was

With this year's Coast Guard Festival canceled because of COVID-19, longtime Grand Haven resident Kyle A. Moroney explains what's so special about the 10-day community celebration. And she shares photos from her favorite moments. 

Feature Story VSO

Grocery voucher program offers much-needed help for Kent County's veterans

A new grocery voucher program assists veterans with much-needed funds to feed their families amid COVID-19. Kent County Veterans Services offers a streamlined, remote process for veterans to receive $150 to $250 in vouchers to Meijer stores for groceries and necessities.

Feature Story Jane Clark is the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce President. 

Chamber trailblazer earns elite designation

Under Jane Clark’s leadership, the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce is nationally recognized as an industry leader that is impacting the Holland-Zeeland area for the greater good.  

Feature Story Autumn & Tierney

Health-insurance, diagnoses, and intersectionality: One couple’s experience with COVID-19

Systemic inequalities have become increasingly apparent with COVID-19, making many communities more vulnerable to its impacts. Many LGBTQ individuals are at a heightened risk and Tierney Pierce and Autumn Johnson discuss their shared experience with the disease.

Feature Story The Morales family rode on the Lakeshore Habitat parade float down Columbia Avenue to their new home at 132 E. 37th St., where an outdoor dedication was held.

Parade celebrates nonprofit-church partnership in building Habitat home

In spite of construction shutdowns due to COVID-19, a partnership between nonprofits and churches has completed a Habitat for Humanity home for one Holland family. The completion of the project was celebrated with a parade and a home dedication.

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Video will spread the word: Fulton Street Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP dollars


Native American Education Program builds bridges with students, families, and community


City seeks micro-local contractors for river restoration


GRow1000 connects youth to jobs now and careers in the future


Flip Dog Yoga offers a new vision for yoga


How local health systems are addressing health inequities


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Video will spread the word: Fulton Street Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP dollars


City seeks micro-local contractors for river restoration


Flip Dog Yoga offers a new vision for yoga


1st Microgreenery puts more veggies on your plate


Received your absentee ballot application? City has mailed them to all registered voters


Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need


Innovation

Native American Education Program builds bridges with students, families, and community


GRow1000 connects youth to jobs now and careers in the future


How local health systems are addressing health inequities


Custer focusing on workplace re-engagement


Local coalition focused on substance use prevention keeps youth engaged with virtual experiences


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