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How local health systems are addressing health inequities

Rapid Growth Media, June 24, 2020 — African Americans are at the epicenter of two deadly pandemics: COVID-19 and racially motivated police brutality. The higher rates of Black deaths from COVID-19 and the uprisings taking place in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others have created a movement that Read More

Cherry Health’s statement on Social Injustice

The incidents that occurred over the last few weeks, unfortunately, are not isolated events. They illuminate a trend that is becoming all too familiar for black people in this country. The systemic racism and inequities that exist must be addressed if we are to overcome these persistent injustices. While this is a very uncomfortable moment, Read More

Bank donates $175K to COVID-19 relief

May 19, 2020- Grand Rapids Michigan (Grand Rapids Business Journal) -The Fifth Third Bank Foundation is deploying $175,000 in relief funds that will benefit three West Michigan organizations. The funds will go toward meeting the immediate needs of Feeding America West Michigan, Greater Lansing Food Bank, South Michigan Food Bank, Cherry Health and Mel Trotter Read More

Cherry Health offers testing to public, seeks help

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cherry Health is now offering COVID-19 testing to the general public in Grand Rapids. Cherry Health started offering testing to its patients three weeks ago but is now expanding the offering to assist in getting the broader community tested. Those seeking tests will need to contact the Cherry Health COVID-19 Read More

Cherry Health opens drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Grand Rapids

Cherry Health opens drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Grand Rapids Nonprofit health center partners with MDHHS to expand capacity, provide testing community-wide GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 11, 2020 – Today Cherry Health announced its drive-through COVID-19 testing site is now open to the community for individuals who get prescreened through Cherry Health’s COVID-19 Hotline. Read Read More

Cherry Health COVID-19 Update

As Michigan’s largest group of community health centers, Cherry Health’s greatest priority is the health and safety of our patients and team members. In our continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule all non-urgent appointments at all Cherry Health facilities through March 31. Your healthcare team Read More

Health centers picking up Heartside closure slack

Mlive, Feb 7, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS MI- Since the Mercy Health Heartside Health Center closed over a month ago, other organizations are working to address the needs of displaced patients. Though there largely seems to be adequate services in the area, some community leaders are worried about how the clinic’s former patients, some in extreme Read More

Tax-funded early childhood programs to begin, expand March 2020

Mlive, Feb 1, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, MI — New and expanded programs to promote the healthy development of children up to age 5 and connect their parents with resources will begin in March. The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week signed off on allocating $3.27 million in millage money on 23 programs for the Read More

Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage Awards $7.6 million to 23 programs

Jan. 23, 2020 – First Steps Kent – More families in Kent County will be able to receive services that improve the health and school readiness of young children thanks to a new round of Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage funding. Funding totaling $7.6 million will be distributed to 16 community-based organizations beginning in Read More