A steady doctor for babies to call their own

Inside a converted fruit warehouse near the Grand River in Grand Rapids sit several specialists on the front lines of ensuring that young children get a healthy start in life. 

They work for Health Net of West Michigan, a nonprofit community healthcare hub that connects families with doctors and other community services in the Grand Rapids area. One of Health Net’s primary tasks seems simple at first glance – making sure low-income children have a primary care physician.

Grand Rapids GiveCamp connects nonprofits to $250K in tech services

Grand Rapids GiveCamp recently produced an exhausting and successful weekend for 15 nonprofits and the tech community.

Name change reflects health care organization’s growth

From its humble beginnings on Cherry Street to becoming the largest federally qualified health center in the state, Cherry Street Health Services is holding on to its roots while changing its name.

IT professionals with non-profits in GiveCamp

Volunteers from area IT firms used their skills to help non-profit organizations during Grand Rapids’ GiveCamp. A weekend-long hackathon, the event paired teams of software developers, designers and other IT workers with projects proposed by non-profits. Teams worked closely with clients to create websites, applications and databases over the 51-hour event held in the offices of Open Systems Technologies (OST).

Fifteen area non-profits, providing services ranging from sterilizing stray cats to teaching girls how to code, participated in GiveCamp this year. Many organizations, including Health Net of West Michigan and the Kent County Parks Foundation, asked for help redesigning their websites and social media presences. The Otsego County Commision on Aging proposed a system to coordinate, schedule and log in-home assistance for the elderly.

Improving health through community engagement explored at Alliance for Health forum

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Community engagement efforts to improve health are the focus of the Alliance for Health First Friday forum on Oct. 3.

The monthly meeting will highlight organizations that seek to reach marginalized populations, the uninsured and under-insured, and that address social, cultural, psychological and biological forces that affect lifestyles. Organizations taking part include LINC Community Revitalization, Health Net of West Michigan and the African American Health Institute.