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La recopilación de datos está desempeñando un papel clave en el avance de la equidad en la salud

Un nuevo impulso en la recopilación de datos sobre la atención médica de las personas con discapacidad está poniendo de relieve una disparidad en la equidad de la atención de la salud que a menudo pasa desapercibida para la comunidad médica.

Feature Story Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Dining Destinations: 4 festivities to get your strawberry fix in Metro Detroit this summer

“The festival is more about the people than anything else," Brandy Schmidt, one of the folks behind a delicious strawberry festival that began in a fire hall in Leonard and has grown to involve the whole Addison Township. "We have a very strong community that cares about each other."

Feature Story Oak Park

'A city of yes,' Oak Park celebrates progress with plans for new hub, Juneteenth events

A new social hub, Juneteenth events, and a new fire truck were all revealed at Oak Park's State of the City address. “It is ever more important that we come together as a community to play and celebrate," says Mayor McClellan. "We need to focus on what unites us, not what divides us. That’s what public spaces do for us.”

Feature Story KCAD grads Justin Beitzel and Fernando Ramirez head up Common Object, which helps organizations take steps toward sustainability.

Take a journey into regenerative design with Common Object

KCAD grads Justin Beitzel and Fernando Ramirez share their philosophy of regenerative design in their firm Common Object, which helps organizations take steps toward sustainability.

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How KCAD student collaborations are building community

Since 2016, a group of graduate students in KCAD's Master of Architecture program have had an opportunity to offer a solution to an architecture issue in Grand Rapids. The projects have included designing a greenhouse, wayfinding project, and visioning new uses for a historic building. 

Feature Story Display of flowers at Palmer Park done by the St. Clair Garden Club.

St. Clair Garden Club adds charm to the city through floral landscaping

The city of St. Clair is well known for its beautiful landscaping and it is their very own garden club members who are the behind-the-scenes artists investing their time to beautify their beloved town.

Feature Story Khalid El-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.

Mobile Museum brings African American history to life in Port Huron

Khalid El-Hakim, the founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, visited Port Huron to showcase 150 artifacts highlighting African-American history ahead of Juneteenth. 

Feature Story BC Housing

Foundation for housing equity in Battle Creek to be created with community

A recent gathering of housing advocates in Battle Creek focused on systemic inequities and how to address them. The discussion is part of work that will culminate in the building of a housing equity plan for the community.

Feature Story Sacred Earth

Refugia: How to find and create places of shelter during the climate crisis

“The refugia model calls us to look for the seed of life where we are, concentrate on protecting and nurturing a few good things, letting what is good and beautiful grow and connect and spread."

Feature Story Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebration in Battle Creek educates and inspires

"I think about the day that 250,000 slaves learned they were free and how they celebrated. Juneteenth is a day to be able to reflect on those struggles and how people persevered, how they’ve been innovative, and how they built this country. This is America’s history and I think all people should know it."

Feature Story Omena Cut Flowers grows 40 varieties of annuals and perennials.

U-pick flower farms blooming across Michigan

U-pick flower farms are sprouting up across Michigan, part of the state's flourishing agritourism industry. Consumers like picking fresh, local flowers and farmers like the additional revenue source. 

Feature Story Kalamazoo Pride

Coming out to come together: One writer's evolving appreciation of Kalamazoo Pride

Writer Casey Grooten attended this year's Kalamazoo Pride as the new Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival. While volunteering at the KPF booth, they learned a few things about themselves — and about what Pride has come to mean to them. 

Feature Story Father's Day

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Dad: Kalamazoo Edition

To honor Father's Day, Al Jones (a father of five himself!) speaks to a cross-section of Kalamazoo men about the rigors and joys of being a dad.

Development News Now in its fifth year, Pitch North has awarded more than $51,000 in cash and prizes to 25 finalists since its launch in 2019.

Application deadline nears for small biz contest for residents of Lake, Newaygo, and Oceana counties

Now in its fifth year, Pitch North has awarded more than $51,000 in cash and prizes to 25 finalists since its launch in 2019.

Development News A Vincent van Gogh self-portrait hangs in downtown Farmington in 2022 as part of the DIA's Insdie|Out program.

Vincent van Gogh and his artist friends make their way from Detroit to Mackinac Island

"As with DIA's mission, we also strive to be a gathering place for arts & culture, bringing free access to programs like this one to the millions of visitors that come to Mackinac Island,” says Laura Raisch, the Executive Director of the Mackinac Island Arts Council.

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Addressing cultural, language barriers that hinder health equity

Many people from refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities experience significant logistical barriers to COVID-19 vaccination. That’s where Disability Rights Michigan has stepped in to increase access

Development News The H Brunch

Enjoy a Sunday brunch at the H Hotel courtyard

The H Hotel in downtown Midland launched a new brunch menu in its outdoor courtyard. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., diners can enjoy breads, pastries, fruit, coffee, juice, tea, brunch entrees, and build-your-own mimosa and bloody mary bars.

Development News REGrow Together

ReGrow Together: Tackling hunger and food waste

ReGrow Together is a United Way initiative helping families across Midland County with ready-to-eat meals prepared from surplus food.