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Equity initiatives seek to make Southeast Michigan parks better, safer, and more welcoming for all

Southeast Michigan parks' equity initiatives vary depending on the communities they serve, but they have similar positive results for all residents.

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. 

Feature Story Joe Koliba

5 ways to enjoy the indoors during winter

The winter blues are real. We find five fun indoor spots to connect in Macomb County to beat the cold Michigan months. 

Feature Story A typical naloxone recovery kit

Why Detroit's health department is going to 'trap houses' to distribute narcan kits

“We go where the most drug activity takes place, and sometimes that’s a gas station or restaurant,” says XXXXXXXX of the Detroit Health Department. XXXX manages distribution of the kits. “But we also frequent hotels and trap houses. Trap houses are houses where known drug activity takes place.”

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.   

Longform Chris Uhl

What’s next for housing in Kent and Ottawa counties

As Kent County grows faster than the rest of the state, the community looks at ways to address its ongoing housing shortages. Through government entities, upcoming developers like Housing Next, and seasoned community development financial institutions like IFF, Grand Rapids has a collaborative plan in place to address the issue.   

Feature Story Antoine Jackson, Executive Director, MACC Development

Resilient Neighborhoods: Learnings from Montgomery, Alabama, the mecca of the Civil Rights Movement

Inspired by the Freedom Riders, Antoine Jackson takes learnings from a Montgomery, Alabama, retreat and reflects on how Detroit can use lessons from the Civil Rights Movement to engage the faith-based community and spark interest among the city’s young people.  

Feature Story Paczki Day

Photos: The big paczki push of '24

Detroit photographer Cyrus Tetteh, a staffer at the City of Detroit as well as the creative mind behind the photography book "Only in Detroit," shares some images on the eve of Fat Tuesday -- or Paczki Day as we know it here -- in Hamtramck.

Longform MiGen staff and community in MiGen's office space/Senior Center at Affirmations.

Michigan’s first LGBTQ+ senior center is now open in Ferndale – and another one is coming to Detroit

The Senior Center at Affirmations expands programs and services for LGBTQ+ seniors in an accessible, welcoming environment.

Longform Child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

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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