Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

Longform Gail Wolkoff, Loviesa Brown, Cheryl Harvey, Jeanice Townsend, Creola Larkin, and Josephine Taylor at a Monday morning meeting.

Here's how a weekly meeting in Ypsi has fostered community collaboration for over a decade

Almost every Monday morning for over a decade, a meeting at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsi has been connecting individuals and community organizations to one another.

Longform Lindsay Steele at Garden Fort farm.

Farms are growing in Washtenaw County even as they decline nationwide. Here's why.

A decline in food-producing farms has continued in Michigan for many years since the '50s, but the trend reversed in Washtenaw County starting around 2012.

Feature Story “Rogério as Mother" by Nicholas Williams is featured in the "My Gender States" exhibit, showing creator Rogério Pinto.

U-M professor explores childhood trauma and gender identity through new exhibit

Rogério Pinto explores the trauma of his sister's death, both for himself and his large family, along with his own resulting questions about his gender identity, in "My Gender States."

Innovation News A promotional image for the 26.2 Filmmaking Marathon.

Could you make a film in 26.2 hours? Find out at a new Ypsi "Filmmaking Marathon"

The Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti will return this month with a new lineup of films and a new event that challenges filmmakers to create a short film in 26.2 hours.

Innovation News Washtenaw County logo

Community health assessment reveals key health priorities for Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Health Department recently released findings from its 2023 Community Health Assessment.

Innovation News A promotional image for "Autism: 10 Lessons for the Course of Life."

Autism expert heads up new podcast for Ann Arbor District Library

Coinciding with April's designation as National Autism Acceptance Month, the Ann Arbor District Library's Fifth Avenue Studios has unveiled a new limited-series podcast called "Autism: 10 Lessons for the Course of Life."

Longform Problematic Black Hottie DJing at FestiFools 2024.

Photo essay: The faces of FestiFools 2024

As we explored Ann Arbor's annual springtime puppet parade, we asked volunteers, participants, and onlookers, "What do you love about FestiFools?"

Feature Story Veronica Bilicki oversees the Patient as Caregiver program.

Henry Ford Health program helps unpaid caregivers stay healthy

The Patient as Caregiver project helps unpaid caregivers carry on in their roles, reducing the amount of hired care needed and helping people age at place in their homes.

Longform Kimberly Singh (right), Michigan Oral Health Coalition board member and chief community and governmental affairs officer for My Community Dental Centers, chats with Dental Assistant Kortney Jones.

Oral health care is inaccessible to many Michiganders. This coalition is working to change that.

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition brings together a multitude of Michigan oral and general health partners to collaborate on improving oral health for all Michiganders, especially those who have barriers to access. 

Feature Story An event at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse during a previous UMS residency.

Hitchcock, swing dance, drag, and more come to Ypsi Freighthouse in new UMS residency

From April 4-28, the University Musical Society will return to the Ypsilanti Freighthouse for a month of live, pay-what-you-wish programming.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

خارطة طريق "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع" تتخذ منهجًا شاملًا لإطلاق برنامج "التعليم ما قبل الاب

في يناير 2023، أعلنت الحاكمة غريتشن ويتمر عن خطتها "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع"، والتي ستوفر الوصول إلى التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي المجاني لجميع الأطفال البالغين من العمر أربع سنوات في ميشيغان بحلول عام 2027. في فبراير 2024، أصدرت دائرة التعليم مدى الحياة، التقدم، والإمكانيات في ميشيغان (MiLEAP) خطة الطريق مع توصيات حول كيف يمكن للولاية تحقيق هذا الهدف. شاركت مجموعة السياسات العادلة، وهي منظمة استشارية تعليمية في واشنطن العاصمة تركز على سياسات الرعاية والتعليم المبكرة، في تأليف خارطة الطريق.

Longform Robin Beasley is the director of Garden of Dreams Preschool inside First Congregational Church.

Tri-Share makes quality child care more affordable for working parents

MI Tri-Share is a first-of-its-kind cost-sharing funding model. The state, the employee, and their employer each chip in for one-third of the price of child care.

Longform Josh Williams

Addressing the Gap: The need for increased mental health support for LGBTQ Michiganders

With all the positive work being done, the fact remains that 51% of LGBTQ Youth in Michigan are afraid to talk about their mental health with someone else. 

Longform PRISM Quartet.

From a one-sentence book to new saxophone works: Local orgs receive state arts grants

Here’s a look at just three of the Washtenaw County organizations recently awarded funding by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and their plans for their grant money.

Longform Wilson Marine Brighton apprentice Jason Williams.

Apprenticeships for everyone: Non-traditional industries find effective way to train next generation

While the term may conjure thoughts of medieval craftsmen, apprenticeships are beginning to crop up in all businesses and industries to help employees build careers and employers pass on important skills.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

PreK For All Roadmap takes a holistic approach to rolling out PreK For All

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) has released the PreK for All Roadmap plan with recommendations on how the state can achieve universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in Michigan.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

La Hoja de Ruta de PreK Para Todos adopta un enfoque holístico para el despliegue de PreK Para Todos

En enero de 2023, la gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer anunció su plan PreK para Todos, que proporcionaría acceso a la educación preescolar gratuita a todos los niños de cuatro años de Michigan para 2027. En febrero de 2024, el Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) publicó el plan de la Hoja de Ruta con recomendaciones

Longform Home of New Vision’s Chris Sudduth with a naloxone vending machine at YDL's Whittaker Road branch.

Naloxone machines and other harm reduction efforts aim to reduce Ypsi-area opioid overdose deaths

Ypsi-area residents can now find free naloxone and fentanyl test strips at vending machines throughout the city and township of Ypsilanti. 

Innovation News Alexandria Daniels and Amanda Moore hope to open Bloom Studio this spring.

Ypsi artists seek to open studio, gallery, and shop for fellow creatives

Amanda Moore and Alexandria Daniels have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support their concept, known as Bloom Studio.

Hasini and Harshini Anand are members of Corner Health Center's Youth Leadership Council and mental health advocates.


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