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Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

Vote for Wine & Wig gala funding recipient

Vote for Wine & Wig gala funding recipient

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-  West Michigan Woman magazine is looking for the next organization to support during its second annual Wine & Wig gala.

Last year, the event generated nearly $15,000 for Susan G. Komen West Michigan.  This year, supporters are being asked to narrow down six organizations nominated for support down to one winner.  The finalists are Children’s Assessment Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids , Baxter Community Center, American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Susan G. Komen West Michigan and Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW).

Voting is open until midnight Feb. 14, 2014, and visitors can vote as often as they like.  To cast your vote, visit West Michigan Woman magazine’s website here.

The Wine & Wig gala will take place Oct. 18, 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

KENTWOOD, Mich.--- Total Health Chiropractic will host what it’s calling the first free health screening day for kids, as they head back to school this week.

The free screenings will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Total Health Chiropractic, located at 44th Street and Breton Avenue.  Doctors Christopher Miller, Melinda Bruxvoort and Amanda Dluzniewski will conduct the screenings, checking for scoliosis and spinal conditions that could lead to developmental disorders.  Admission is free and screenings are open to children 12 and under. 

 “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to offer this day to the families of West Michigan. Having grown up in Grand Rapids myself, I have made it my mission to better the lives of my community members through offering natural solutions to health problems and pain,” said Miller, president and founder of Total Health Chiropractic of West Michigan, PLLC.