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  • Program Aims to Alleviate Stress, Prevent Suicides Among MI First Responders

    Mark Richardson, Michigan News Connection|Nov 17, 2022

    First responders experience some of the most horrific events in modern life and often carry huge loads of stress home from their jobs. A new program developed by Wayne State University provides resources and cutting-edge services to Michigan first responders to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder and other work-related mental health challenges. The result is Frontline Strong Together, a website and 24/7 call line created by first responders and mental-health experts. Alireza Amirsadri,...

  • Doctors Tell of Patients' Hardships after Roe is Overturned

    Mark Richardson, Michigan News Connection|Nov 3, 2022

    We had hoped the decision would come down on one of the days we were not doing procedures," Dr. Sanithia Williams said. "We had a waiting room full of people. People were horrified and desperate. There were people crying. There were people begging. Some people offered to pay extra if we could just do the procedure-not fully understanding what was happening. We had to turn all those people away. "To know that you have the skills to provide care at that moment and make such a difference in their...

  • Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1

    Mark Richardson, Michigan Connection|Nov 3, 2022

    Open-enrollment season for health insurance is upon us, and Michiganders who want to get the right kinds of coverage have a lot to consider. More than 520,000 people in Michigan are uninsured. The health-insurance marketplace open enrollment period begins Tuesday and continues through Jan. 15. That's a busy time for most people, and Michigan residents have up to 12 insurance providers to choose from, depending on the county where they live. Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for...

  • MI Groups Say it's Time to Get Ready to Vote in Midterm Elections

    Mark Richardson|Sep 29, 2022

    The midterm elections are coming up on Nov. 8, and advocates are reminding Michiganders to plan now on how, when, and where they will cast their ballots. Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and nonpartisan groups such as the League of Women Voters and Promote the Vote say now is the time to register or ensure their registration is up-to-date. They also encourage people who want to be more involved in the democratic process to consider becoming a poll worker. Christina Schlitt, president...