Longform Shelby Coolbaugh, administrative assistant for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP), and Salli Pung, state long term care omubdsman for MLTCOP.

Michigan ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program improves quality of care and quality of life for people living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. 

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Earth Day Action Expo invites community for recycling events, education, exhibitors, food, and fun

The Midland Section of the American Chemical Society hosts the annual Earth Day Action Expo on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at H.H. Dow High School. The expo invites families to enjoy education, exhibitors, recycling events, exploration of electric vehicles, food trucks, and more fun.

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Emerald Fire Farms: Cultivating cannabis and community.

Emerald Fire Farms is a prime example of how cannabis businesses are becoming integral and respected members of the Midland economy.

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.

Development News Tim Shelton is the Director of Sports Tourism for Go Great Lakes Bay.

Catalyst Community: Sports Tourism has an impact on our region

In the latest in a series of columns from different perspectives in our community, Catalyst Midland presents Tim Shelton, the Director of Sports Tourism, for Go Great Lakes Bay. He looks at the value sports adds to our region and shares how event organizers can get help planning their events.  

Development News The Home and Outdoor Living Expo will be held at Dow Diamond, April 27-28.

Home improvement project coming up? Get some ideas at the Home and Outdoor Living Expo.

The Midland Home & Outdoor Living Expo will be held the weekend of April 27-28 at Dow Diamond.

Feature Story Christine Duhaime & Denny Sian of Sanford Hardware

Family, Business, and Community

A local hardware store in Sanford blends family, business, and community to build its future.

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. 

Development News Registration is now underway for summer camps at Creative 360.

Creative 360 offers culinary, clay, theater and Taylor Swift summer camps for kids

Creative 360 has a summer full of kids programming with a diverse summer camp lineup. Registration is now available for culinary, theater, clay and Taylor Swift camps

Development News Jesse Fletcher is the executive director of the Humane Society of Midland County

Profile Q & A with Humane Society of Midland County executive director Jesse Fletcher

Pets are a big part of our culture, providing many benefits to their caregivers. In this week’s Catalyst, we profile the new executive director of the Humane Society of Midland  County, an organization who cares about the wellbeing of these animals.

Feature Story Kevin Heye, executive director of Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center, with Luke Drumright of "3-2-1 Connection"

MCTV’s 3-2-1 Connection celebrates those who make a difference . . . ‘Where everyone has a story’

Three young adults defy their disabilities to reach their goals and impact the Greater Midland community  

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.

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Big change in health care landscape

MyMichigan Health acquires Ascension St. Mary’s and facilities in Tawas and Standish  

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

Feature Story Amber Desgranges and Rachel Ruddock of the Michigan Primary Care Association.

New initiative offers Michigan nursing students opportunity to build careers in underserved areas

The Michigan Primary Care Association is collaborating with nine of Michigan’s state universities to provide nursing students with opportunities to train in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.

Longform Christine Sauvé.

New state law will help ensure health care access for non-English-speaking Michiganders

Michigan's new Statewide Meaningful Language Access Coordination Act will require public services to be more accessible to non-English speakers. 

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Loons open season April 5; hope for success in 2024

New lighting, new manager, returning coaches greet Loons fans in 2024

Development News Ariel Rak, Keren (15), Iris Mehler, Hillel (11)

Mom of child with disability helps create Midland area support group for parents and caregivers

One in six children in the United States from the ages three to 17 years old has a disability. A Midland mom co-founded a support group for parents and caretakers of children with disabilities to provide advocacy, education, and connections for families. 

Community Calendar

NAMI Midland Support Groups

Monday, May 13, 7:00pm
Community Mental Health, 218 Fast Ice Drive, Midland
NAMI Midland monthly support groups meet on the second Monday at 7:00pm at Community Mental Health.  Support groups for family members/caregivers  and persons living with a mental health condition. For more info, call 989-948-3273 or email: namimidlandmi@gmail.com.
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