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At-home vaccinations bring peace of mind to Muskegon family, vulnerable across the state

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has collaborated with Disability Rights of Michigan to support vaccinations for homebound residents.

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How data collection is playing a key role in advancing health equity

A new push to gather health care data about people with disabilities is spotlighting a disparity in health care equity that is often overlooked by the medical community. 

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.

Feature Story Lt. McBride was hastily and unfairly given a dishonorable discharge in Aug. 1865. It took an act of Congress to expunge the discharge from his record and get him the pension he had earned.

Historic Highland Park residents included artists and industrialists

Every cottage at Grand Haven's Highland Park has a story. This week's excerpt of Karen Lowe's book about the historic cottage association explores a man wrongfully accused and a local artist.

Feature Story Harbor Lights Middle School students created a sound bath experience to help with relaxation and healing.

Shore Story: Teacher, students create sound baths for healing, relaxation

Carrie Ledet explains how she and her students immersed themselves in learning about sound baths, going through the instruments in the West Ottawa's Harbor Lights Middle School band room to create the most relaxing experience.  

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League of Women Voters plans 3 informational events before May 7 election

With Ottawa County’s special election less than a month away, the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area has several events aimed at explaining what’s on the ballot.

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‘Around the World’ concert will feature diverse traditions and styles from across the globe

West Michigan Symphony (WMS) will take music enthusiasts on a journey across multiple continents with “WMS Around the World Part II” on April 19 and a Lunch ’n’ Learn on April 17. 

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Foundation grants will support after school and summer education programs

CFHZ is awarding $145,000 to three organizations to “foster equitable access to high-quality education, ensuring that every child has the chance to thrive,” says Yadah V. Ramirez, the Foundation’s Director of Community Impact.

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MiCareerQuest connects 8,000 students with hands-on exploration into future career opportunities

Over 8,000 middle and high school students across West Michigan had the opportunity to experience more than 300 high-demand careers first-hand at this year's MiCareerQuest.

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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. 

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West Ottawa, other area schools adopting successful suicide prevention protocol

The Blue Envelope program trains all school employees how to respond to a student expressing thoughts of suicide, and assigns interventions based on the student's risk level.

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Schools work together to address teacher housing shortage

Organizations, nonprofits, developers, and school personnel are working to address the teacher housing shortage head-on. A group of local Northern Michigan schools have banded together to form an educational consortium to address the issue and create a model of future educator housing developments near Traverse City.

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Autism Alliance of Michigan gala will help build “A Brighter Tomorrow”

The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) is hosting its 13th annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala on Saturday, April 20 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. This year’s theme is “A Brighter Tomorrow.” 

Longform John Fuse, Community Health Worker with the Berrien County Health Department, stands outside the department’s building in Benton Harbor.

Community Health Workers: Michigan's public health messengers

Community health workers perform essential roles in delivering physical and mental health care and increasing health care access for Michigan residents. 

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Sanilac County Community Mental Health helps families and children

Currently, SCCMH is serving 275 children who live with serious emotional disorders or developmental disabilities along with their families.

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How local healthcare systems leverage local farms for healthy food options

Medical institutions around Michigan are using their local resources to bring real food to their staff and patients.

Feature Story Karen A. Lowe wrote The Historic Cottages of Highland Park to commemorate and document the 100 historic Grand Haven cottages

A cottage to ‘beat all other cottages’ — Grand Haven’s Highland Park cottages rich in history

When Karen Lowe first saw the Ship's Lantern cottage it was love at first sight. She bought the house, contents and all, which included several historical books about the Highland Park Cottage Association. She has delved into the history of the cottages in her book, including this excerpt.

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Original illustrations of popular children’s books come to the Muskegon Museum of Art

The exhibit features 80 original artworks from Oliver Jeffers’ best-known books such as “The Day the Crayons Quit,” “How to Catch a Star,” “The Incredible Book Eating Boy,” and many more. 

Feature Story The Allegan County Courthouse is expanding its services and its footprint with plans for a new room for another 48th Circuit Court judge.

Allegan County expands footprint with $10M building project

The Allegan County Courthouse is expanding its services and its footprint with plans for a new room for another 48th Circuit Court judge. In the meantime, the 57th District Court has added an attorney magistrate.  

Feature Story Turning Point School of Dance kicks off its 25th anniversary season on April 24 and 25 at Holland’s Knickerbocker Theatre with “Redeemed!” This all-new performance features themes of spring, including new birth and personal transformation.

April things to do: Spring break fun, Earth Day celebrations, music, theater, movies, and more

April brings shopping, farm animals, spring break fun, dance, library events, theater, music, and several planet-friendly Earth Day activities.