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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. 

Longform MDHHS staff early 20th century.

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.   

Partner Content Adrienne Luckenbacher, Mental Hhealth First Aid Trainer at St. Clair County Community Mental Health leads the training with a group of Blue Water Developmental Housing employees.

Support to build a resilient community

At St. Clair County Community Mental Health, initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team are emphasizing the importance of early intervention and community support in addressing mental health crises.

Feature Story Marisa Spain, 27, is a power wheelchair user with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSH), a progressive hereditary disease that causes muscle weakness in several areas of the body.

Michigan resident launches YouTube channel, Disabled in Nature, promoting accessibility awareness

Born with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, Marisa Spain slowly lost the ability to walk and run; but, has not lost her love of nature. However, nature (or simply answering the call of nature) isn’t always as accessible to her today as a power wheelchair user as it was when she was younger, and she’s hoping to help change that with her new YouTube channel.

Feature Story A Little Hobby Ceramics Studio is located within Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

A Little Hobby Ceramics Studio expands business with new location in Fort Gratiot

Previously located in Marysville, A Little Hobby Ceramics Studio has reopened with a new home at Birchwood Mall offering more opportunities to learn and explore ceramic artmaking.

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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. 

Partner Content A completed home repair in Genesee County.

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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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. 

Feature Story Local nonprofit Blue Water Allies opened the Blue Water Ally Center in downtown Port Huron in June 2023.

Blue Water Allies provides safe space for LGBTQIA+ community

In Port Huron, Blue Water Allies is working to create a safe, supportive, and empowering home for the LGBTQIA+ community by connecting residents with support groups, social groups, programming, and mental and physical health resources.

Partner Content Community Foundation 2023 Grantmaking

Community Foundation grants almost $5M in 2023

With support from its numerous donors and endowed funds, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County experienced another record-breaking year in 2023 distributing nearly $5 million in grants and scholarships.

Feature Story Blue Water Area Rescue Mission is located at 1920 24th St. in Port Huron, Michigan.

After two year hiatus, Blue Water Area Rescue Mission reopens in Port Huron

Homelessness, rough sleeping, not having a roof over one’s head – winter compounds the misery of those who lack a warm and secure place to sleep. With support from the community, the dedicated team at Blue Water Area Rescue Mission is working to tackle this issue for homeless men across the region.

Feature Story One of the more popular items on Fire Up Grill's menu is the smoked brisket which can also be found in their chili and smoked brisket nachos.

From food truck to storefront restaurant, Fire Up Grill is becoming a local favorite

Specializing in BBQ and soul food, food truck and local eatery Fire Up Grill has expanded opening its first brick-and-mortar location at Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot Township.

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.

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.

Feature Story Boys in preschool

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.

Feature Story Kids

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.

Feature Story Boys in preschool

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.

Feature Story Several of Gloria Pitzer's publications

Late St. Clair resident Gloria Pitzer leaves flavorful legacy with copycat cookbook series

Lifelong St. Clair resident Laura Emerich shares the story behind her late mother’s culinary journey “putting St. Clair on the map” through Gloria Pitzer’s copycat cookbook collection.

Feature Story The Village of Lexington’s annual Winterfest is a two-day event kicking off on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024.

Village of Lexington embraces the wintry weather with annual Winterfest event

The Village of Lexington is celebrating the season with its third annual Winterfest on Feb. 3-4. The community-wide event plans for fun activities for all ages including a Polar Plunge, chili cook-off, ice sculptures, frozen bowling, a fish toss, a winter fashion show, and more.

Partner Content Kevin Totty and friends

The many hats of Kevin Totty

A pillar in the Blue Water Area, Kevin Totty is wholeheartedly committed to his life's mission of bringing people together and fostering positive change across the community.