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The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub receives federal entrepreneurial hub grantGovernor Whitmer designation unleashes vital resources for local entrepreneurs

The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub has been selected as one of 27 regional grantees to receive funding from the Small Business Support Hubs program. See how 11 partnering area organizations aim to create a dynamic ecosystem for small businesses to thrive by providing essential resources such as networking opportunities, events, programs, and dedicated spaces.

Longform Dr. Kelsey Sala-Hamrick is the Michigan Public Health Institute's MI ACE project director.

200-partner collaborative raises awareness about impact of adverse childhood experiences in Michigan

Partners in the Michigan ACE Initiative are working to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), prevent ACEs, and foster resilience among children who have experienced them. 

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Mt. Pleasant pottery studio provides a haven for creativity and relaxation

For about a dozen years, The Painted Turtle has been a haven for creativity and relaxation in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Discover the business’s origins and their plans for what’s next.

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State of Michigan public health celebrates 150 years of service to Michiganders

The State of Michigan’s public health system recently celebrated its sesquicentennial: 150 years in service to Michiganders. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has shared a nice collection of sesquicentennial information on its website.   

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Materials management: We’re not talking about just trash anymoreQ&A with Isabella County Material Recovery Facility director, Jake Borton

The Isabella County Material Recovery Facility is setting its sights on becoming a regional hub for sustainability efforts when it comes to materials management. Discover more about how the MRF is implementing a new legislature, shifting the focus away from landfill capacity, and toward more sustainable methods of recycling.

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Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

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Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

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If we build housing, economic development will come

Regional leaders gathered at SVSU to talk about the positive impact housing has on economic development. During the Housing Summit, they talked about successes in each area—including Isabella County—and exchanged ideas about public tools to help private developers.

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Isabella Citizens for Health expands health access in Mt. Pleasant and rural mid-Michigan

Federally qualified health center organization Isabella Citizens for Health has been working on an expansion of their Mt. Pleasant facilities—doubling the size of their footprint which offers integrated care for both medical and mental health. Discover their growth and plans for 2024 to offer health care across the region.

Partner Content The Grand Rapids location will expand AAoM’s  Upbound Staffing employment program.

Upbound Staffing creates inclusive connections for employers and job seekers

Upbound Staffing helps prepare job candidates living with autism for all parts of a career search and assists businesses in making their work environments more inclusive.

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الأطفال في سن ما قبل المدرسة الذين يعيشون مع التوحد يستفيدون من التعليم المبكر بشكل كبير

تحدثت "تهم التعليم المبكر" عن هذا الموضوع المهم مع هيذر إيكنر، مديرة التعليم على مستوى الولاية في تحالف التوحد في ميشيغان (AAOM) وأم لطفلين يعيشان مع التوحد.

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What do breastfeeding, sanitation, vaccines, and lead paint have in common? Public health.

Q&A with Norm Hess, executive director of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health.

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Por qué los preescolares con autismo se benefician de la educación temprana

Early Education Matters habló sobre este importante tema con Heather Eckner, directora de educación estatal de la Autism Alliance of Michigan (Alianza para el Autismo de Michigan, AAOM) y madre de dos niños autistas.

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Inflation, aging population, and loss of COVID funding impact Michigan Meals on Wheels programs

Many Meals on Wheels providers report that challenges have arisen as their client lists continue to grow thanks to an aging population, even as pandemic relief funding dries up.

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February fundraising festivities across Mt. PleasantFind a new way to give back to the community

So many organizations throughout Mt. Pleasant are constantly working hard to give back to the community, including hosting annual fundraisers to raise funds to make their impact happen. Discover the details behind Bowties & Bourbon, the Optimist Club’s annual dinner, SHAgala, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, and annual Rotary Club dinner—all happening this February.

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Frequently asked questions about the proposed Mt. Pleasant aquatic center: Answered

Pending the results of a February 27 millage proposal, the Mid-Michigan Aquatics Recreational Authority hopes to bring a competitive-sized swimming pool and teaching/therapy pool to Mt. Pleasant. Wanting to know more about this wave-making change? Here are some FAQs, answered.

Longform The MALPH staff: Jodie Shaver, Vickie Johnson, Edward Witherspoon, Gwen Tithoff, and Norm Hess.

Michigan Association for Local Public Health helps build health across the state

Michigan Association for Local Public Health advocates for policies, initiatives, and collaborations that build health across the state and individually through trainings and workforce assistance.

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Why preschoolers living with autism benefit from early education

 Early childhood education presents a golden opportunity to set up  children living with autism for academic success.

Longform Melanie Brim, former president and CEO of the Michigan Health Council.

How can Michigan solve its growing health care workforce shortage?Nonprofit Journal Project

One study found that nearly all of the 36 Michigan health care occupations it analyzed are projecting workforce shortages between now and 2032. What can be done?

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Michigan's Indigenous children receive culturally sensitive nutrition education through new program

The 13 Moons Curriculum enriches the lives of children up to age 5 with an academic foundation focused on culturally relevant, healthy eating.