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Longform Jim Lee, vice president of data policy and analytics at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

Data sharing among health providers boosts Michigan's pandemic response

Beyond the color-coded counties and line graphs we've all seen, data sharing has helped Michigan's many health providers better understand and respond to the pandemic.

Longform Dr. Caelan Soma, Starr Commonwealth's chief clinical officer.

Michigan health care workers grapple with stress and trauma during pandemic

Medical professionals are certainly not immune to a widespread spike in mental health challenges, and several new initiatives have sought to provide them much-needed support.

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Highland Park eco-village raises funds for solar-powered streetlights and free public Wi-Fi network

Avalon Village along with partners Soulardarity and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have launched a crowdfunding campaign to install five solar-powered streetlights along Avalon Street in Highland Park.

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Detroit nonprofits take a ‘family’ approach to help entrepreneurs get financially savvy

With a focus on the city’s often-overlooked neighborhoods, a nonprofit collaboration is taking a personal approach to providing training, resources, and support for Detroit’s entrepreneurs, witnessing the ripple effect that investment creates. 


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Marygrove Conservancy’s Community Impact Incubator creates a leadership program for Black leadersNonprofit Journal Project

Because the need in their communities was so high, Black leaders were often being asked to serve more with fewer resources.

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Leading live theater through a pandemic

Going into that last rehearsal, I knew what had to happen, but it was still brutal.

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‘A touchstone for neighborhoods:’ How community-based initiatives are reimagining public spaces

From transforming a corner store into a gathering space to a farmers market that showcases local businesses, here's how some neighborhoods are enhancing experiences for community residents.

Feature Story COC Youth stand in front of their future youth center.

Resilient Neighborhoods: These two nonprofits are bringing youth-driven spaces to SW Detroit

Southwest Detroit will soon be home to two new youth centers. And at these spaces youth are having a say every step of the way.

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Public Square, A CNU Journal: The case for AfroUrbanism

If this is truly a moment where Black lives matter, then we also must finally recognize that Black voices and Black ideas matter especially in cases where the future of Black communities is being determined, says Lauren A. Hood.

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The essential role of regional land conservancies in protecting Michigan’s outdoors

“People care about and protect what they know about. And if they have access to it, then they know about it.”

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Making Michigan’s outdoors accessible to all

Between 30% to 35% of the population has some issue that could make it difficult for them to interact with the outdoors. They deserve access.

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Big land: How large land parcels create significant recreational opportunities for Michiganders

Larger parcels of land can be expensive and complicated, but they also create opportunities to unite communities around unique and impactful recreational amenities.

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How Saugatuck built its community identity by preserving its natural assets

"A big sense of the community here is trying to keep a good hold on the natural environment and not have too much development."

Development News The mural titled “The Waiting” by Nicole Macdonald shows NW Goldberg residents boarding the 29 Linwood bus at the corner of Linwood and Ferry Park.

Nonprofit NW Goldberg Cares unveils new park focused on transit and commuters

The community development corporation, which has brought a total of three parks to the neighborhood, is on a mission to build 20 public spaces by the end of 2025 in the community.

Feature Story Mahbuba Sumiya is a senior at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine and lives in Hamtramck.

Guest column: The pandemic has put a strain on my learning because school was always my safe place

Remote learning becomes more difficult for students like me who have parents who ask for help around the house. Even though I have the option to go to school in-person, it’s not the best choice since I have siblings and parents at home who might be at a greater risk than me if I bring the virus home.


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Culinary educator brings families to Camp Dinner Table to teach cooking, foster engagement

Camp Dinner Table was designed for families to come back to the table to build family unity and cook quality meals together.


Feature Story Dwan Dandridge. Photo by Nick Hagen.

Black Leaders Detroit pivots to support entrepreneurs with small grantsNonprofit Journal Project

For some business owners, seeing that there was a grant they wouldn't be denied for based on systemic racism gave a sense of hope.

Feature Story Sewing team at GETTEES, Sterling Heights, Hospital gowns, PPE, COVID

How a clothing factory survived COVID-19 by shifting gears, manufacturing PPE

When COVID-19 forced factories to close around the U.S., GETTEES was able to switch gears to stay open. They even doubled their sewing team, making hospital gowns and PPE during the crisis. Now as they re-start their clothing line, operations are changing again. 

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As Detroit students resume classes, organizations work to address inequities in education

After the pandemic shut down schools, here's how Detroit organizations are stepping up to address inequities for local students.

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Teens from Detroit, around the country document life in summer 2020 through Coaching Detroit Forward

From covering Black Lives Matters protests to chronicling entrepreneurs' economic recovery, teens tackle this summer's biggest stories.

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