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Urban Michigan initiatives recognize racism as major factor in infant and maternal mortality

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.   Michigan’s urban centers boast medical systems with highly rated obstetric and neonatal units, yet infant mortality in those ...

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Mayor Duggan speaks with residents on Jefferson Chalmers plan, new FCA plant

A lot has been happening on the development front in Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers district of late. And last week Mayor Mike Duggan stopped by the neighborhood to speak with residents about some of these changes. During a March 11 talk sponsored by the Southeast Waterfront Neighborhood Association (SWNA) at Hope Community Church, the Mayor addressed the latest developments in a ...

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how neighbors build sustainable urban farms

Kathy Antaya and Maria Moreno-Reyes live in two different cities in two different parts of Michigan. They probably don’t even know one another. But what they share is ingenuity, strength, and a mission to give added purpose to existing land in their own communities. In Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, Antaya and Moreno-Reyes are farming land and growing healthy, culturally-significant ...

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These innovative new restaurants are putting Jefferson Chalmers in the spotlight

Alison Heeres and Gwen Meyer know a lot about food — and something about navigating Detroit’s waterways too.   For the last several years, they’ve been growing vegetables on an urban farm near Eastern Market. The two entrepreneurs have also been hosting innovative “paddle-to-table” dinners that offer a kayaking experience and a farm-to-table meal on the grounds of the the ...

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Health literacy initiatives help Michiganders and their doctors speak each other’s language

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Note: Some names have been changed to protect the identity of the foster youth.   When Julia Brodeur’s refugee ...

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The Henry Ford Collection Gets Self-Driving Test Vehicle – Detroit News Watch

DEARBORN (AP) — A Dearborn history attraction has acquired one of General Motors’ first self-driving test vehicles. The Henry Ford announced Tuesday that a modified pre-production Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, which originally made its debut testing on the streets of San Francisco in 2016, is the first autonomous car to be added to its collection. It’s equipped with cameras and ...

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Video: The Fair Food Pledge

Here in Michigan, 45 different crops are harvested by hand, largely by migrant and seasonal farm workers. Grand Rapids-based Migrant Legal Aid has initiated the Fair Food Project to make sure the foods that end up on our plates are free from exploitation. Learn how grocers and restaurants are supporting this effort. This video is part of “Michigan Good Food ...

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General Motors Gets $2.8M For Energy Savings At Flint Plants – Detroit News Watch

FLINT (AP) — Consumers Energy has awarded General Motors $2.8 million for energy-saving upgrades at the automaker’s Flint plants. GM has completed 21 projects in the last year at its Flint Assembly operation, including a new energy-efficient body shop and building-wide lighting upgrades. Consumers Energy senior vice president Brian Rich says GM “has made a commitment to sustainability.” GM this ...

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