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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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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.   

Feature Story A combine harvests barley at Brewery Terra Firma. The barley was used for a Trappist beer.

Brewery Terra Firma: Craft beer and sustainability

After honing his craft at northern Michigan's first craft brewery, John Niedermaier went out on his own, creating a sustainable brewing operation and farm outside Traverse City. Brewery Terra Firma has become a model for other brewers.

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Two cities, one dream: Monuments to honor MLK, social justice and connect two diverse communities

Divided by a river, two communities in southwest Michigan have come together to create an unusual monument. A monument to MLK and the civil rights movement will be erected in both St. Joseph and Benton Harbor and connected by a trail that bridges the St. Joseph River. 

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FHLBank of Indianapolis home repair programs make life-changing impacts on homeowners

The FHLBank of Indianapolis provides impactful resources for communities in Michigan and provides home repair programs and additional resources to homeowners via lenders like1st State Bank in Saginaw and Metro Community Development Corporation in Flint.

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Michigan Good Food Fund growing new farm and food businesses

Through Michigan Good Food Fund partners, food and farm entrepreneurs receive business assistance tailored to their needs. 

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How a church’s vision is supporting affordable housing in Spring Lake

When Spring Lake Presbyterian Church decided to sell a parcel of vacant land, it found the perfect developer in Samaritas, a nonprofit committed to building affordable housing across Michigan. 

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Now playing: More improvements at historic Soo Theatre

More improvements are in the works at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. A successful crowdfunding campaign and matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are funding the project.

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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. 

Longform About one out of five children have a mental, emotional or behavioral health disorder, and only about 20 percent of those children receive care

How Michigan counties are stepping up to meet youth mental health needs

Over the past several years, Michigan's community mental health agencies have been stepping up with a number of initiatives to help fill the gap in mental health services for youth.

Feature Story Pete Edwards shared his Nordic walking expertise with media at a recent event at Forbush Corner outside Grayling.

Empire entrepreneur spreads the joy of Nordic walking with clinics and customized poles

It's not just walking -- it's Nordic walking. Entrepreneur Pete Edwards promotes the health benefits of Nordic walking and sells customized poles to enthusiasts across the country and Canada from his home in Empire.

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Climbers descend on Munising for Michigan Ice Fest

From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, the Michigan Ice Fest in Munising has evolved into a marquee event, drawing beginners and seasoned ice climbers from around the globe.  

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Hancock readies industrial park with nearly $1 million state grant

A nearly $1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will help Hancock ready a new industrial with the necessary infrastructure. Businesses could move in as early as this summer. 

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Day Tripper: Children's play museum draws families to Albion

“Kids ‘N’ Stuff is special because it’s something families can do in the winter inside. . .We want people to come to Kids ‘N’ Stuff and get cookies at the local bakery or a burger at Albion Malleable Brewing. There’s enough to do here that you could make it a day trip or an overnight staycation."

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Dolly Parton building readers and dreamers in rural Allegan County

The iconic country musician’s Imagination Library provides Allegan County children with free age-appropriate books mailed every month until they turn 5.  

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Celebrating 50 years: How Gentex became the ‘gold standard’ as an employer

Gentex has long been a champion of community engagement, financially supporting educational, economic development, diversity, and philanthropic causes throughout the region.

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Car accessory customizer flourishes in PlainwellAuto Image will be at the Michigan International Auto Show

After launching their custom car accessory business in a Kalamazoo garage, the buddies behind Auto Image relocated to small-town Plainwell, where their business has been growing. This week the company will be at the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids.

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A roadmap to prosperity for rural communities

A new report released by the Michigan Office of Rural Prosperity provides a guide for rural communities across the state to thrive. 

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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.