October 22-28 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ CHA) encourages residents to be informed, and get their home and child(ren) tested. Lead exposure and poisoning is preventable.
With its new Behavioral Health Care and Access Center, Integrated Services of Kalamazoo builds a safety net for those with mental health issues.
The Sturgis City Commission appointed a new member to its ranks, and were updated on the potential sale of Sturgis Hospital during its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.
The following is Watershed Voice’s candidate questionnaire for November’s Three Rivers mayoral race. We will run all completed questionnaires in the order they’re received prior to Election Day. Mayor Tom Lowry filled out our questionnaire, these are his answers.
“Trial and error is the hallmark of prescribing mental health medication. This test can help minimize, or even eliminate in some cases, that trial-and-error process.” — Anna Langerveld, president and CEO of Kalamazoo’s Genemarkers
The following is Watershed Voice’s candidate questionnaire for November’s contested Three Rivers City Commission races. We will run all completed questionnaires in the order they’re received prior to Election Day. John Kish filled out our questionnaire, these are his answers.
While gaining some understanding of how one identifies is the first step toward being authentic to oneself, what comes next for many LGBTQ+ youth is confusion, anxiety, depression, isolation, fear and discrimination. Help is available if one is willing to reach out.
The 2023 SWMJC Mental Wellness Project produced packages of stories focusing on: the mental health of caregivers, published in March; issues around youth mental health, published in June; and mental health workforce issues, published in August.
Our final series this year is The Science and Art of Well-being: Innovations and best practices in mental health care. This package features four solutions journalism stories, all of which Watershed Voicewill publish this week.
Glen Oaks Community College was recently awarded a $200,000 grant to increase college completion for adult students.
Gateway Village Apartments of Sturgis was recently awarded a micro grant from the Sturgis Area Community Foundation to help fund the Fresh Food Distribution program in collaboration with the South Michigan Food Bank.
Implementing government transparency reforms required under Proposal 1 passed by voters last year is time-sensitive. The proposal’s eventual passage came after a 2015 Center for Public Integrity state ranking of government transparency and accountability gave Michigan an “F” grade, ranking it worst in the nation.
The Three Rivers City Commission will convene tonight for its regularly scheduled meeting at Three Rivers City Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
In a new report evaluating state redistricting efforts, Michigan scored a “B” based on feedback from state and local organizations, advocates and community organizers.
The state program, which has provided free in-district tuition for students ages 25 and older without an associate or bachelor’s degree, has been in place since 2021, and is now temporarily expanded to include students ages 21-24.
“Over the course of this law’s existence, residents in Michigan have been denied justice, and that is a moral problem,” state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) said. “They deserve access to the courts, they deserve access to justice, but it’s also cost our people millions, and probably billions, of dollars.”
GilChrist Retreat Center, located on 67 acres in Fabius Township, has been hosting individuals and groups on spiritual retreats for 28 years. One of its founders, Molly Vass-Lehman, decided to write a book about it, and will be hosting a book signing and open house on Saturday, October 15 from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the book’s publication.
The Sturgis City Commission had a full plate of agenda items Wednesday, hearing a report on underground contamination cleanup progress and reopening the door on a proposed affordable housing apartment complex.
The Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ CHA) was recognized by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with a 2023 Director’s Award to Local Public Health. The agency was one of three departments to receive honors at the annual Michigan Premier Public Health Conference held October 2-4.