Tag Archives: public health

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic From Behind the Counter

BY NEEL SWAMY For Susan DeVuyst-Miller, a clinical pharmacist at Cherry Health, Heart of the City Health Center and professor at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, treating patients across a wide spectrum of conditions—from cardiovascular disease to chronic pain to schizophrenia—involves more than simply dispensing and dosing out medications. […]

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Pregnant inmates find hope in doula support groups

Rio White, a 25-year-old inmate in Boone County Jail, Indiana, recalls layering her hands over the bump swelling from her belly. In May, 2016, she was convicted for possession of heroin and paraphernalia.  Six weeks pregnant with her first child, she wept alone in the corner of a 5’ by 12’ cell; her echoes bickering […]

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Informing About Local Drug and Health Laws with Mobile Technology

Team Verdigris: Emilie Plesset, Dylan Jones, Katelyn Hom, Carrie Wiles Requested Amount: $100,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 6 months Describe your Project: Our project involves the creation of a mobile phone application that uses geolocation technology to provide information about local drug and health laws. Drug and health laws tend to vary in […]

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Compact Impact: Increasing Environmental and Public Health Community Engagement

Erin Dolan Grace Denney Genevieve Friedman Project Title: Compact Impact: Increasing Environmental and Public Health Community Engagement Requested Amount: $10,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 12 months Describe your Project: For someone looking to get involved with local issues, there is not one individual place on the Internet where they can view all […]

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Knight News Challenge-GreenScan

Description: 514 words Have you ever walked into a grocery store and wondered how much energy it took to produce the myriad food items stocking the shelves?  Are you an ecologically-conscious person?  Would you like to contribute to reducing your personal and local carbon footprint but aren’t sure how to start?  With our prospective phone […]

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Response to Flint: Ideas for collaborative journalism projects

What if environmental journalists around the country got together to respond to the Flint water crisis with a collective reporting project? What if environmental journalists collaborated with the people of Flint to help them gather an audience for their stories of being poisoned by lead in their drinking water? How could we work together on […]

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New Program MFierce Aims to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections in Southeast Michigan

A young transgender woman goes to the front desk of her local clinic and is handed a blue intake form—blue for boys, pink for girls. She goes back to her seat to fill out her slip, already feeling misunderstood by her doctor. Young gay and bisexual men and transgender woman in the United States experience […]

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Synapps: Making the Invisible Connections Visible

The Knewies Knight News Challenge Sally Plank | Jacob Podell | Brie Winnega Project Title: Synapps Requested Amount: $90,000 Time Frame: Eight month pilot, one additional year for full roll-out Project Description: Synapps is a social media app that provides a platform for people coping with mental illnesses to connect. When a user first opens […]

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Epidemics in the News Today

Article Link: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan-confirms-first-measles-case/30887204 What do you think about the relationship between news outlets and public health today? Dramatized? Effective? The rise of the internet age has brought with it both good and bad changes. With concerns to spreading the word about epidemics, for the most of the world today, the internet is the most efficient […]

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How News is Presented: Food for Thought

The importance of food is crucial to human survival, but the way food is managed today strikes debates on certain practices done to food and what we as a society are constantly consuming. How that news is presented can make all the difference. 1. The video explaining “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers” was the most […]

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