A central Michigan organization has been awarded a federal grant to help restore the Great Lakes and its watersheds.
The Saginaw Bay Conservation and Development Center was awarded a $30,000 grant to work on the Cass River. Work will focus on things like streambank stabilization, fish habitat restoration and sediment reduction. Continue reading →
Cheboygan Area Schools will soon offer more than just an education. It will also offer students a designated health center.
Thunder Bay Community Health Center is opening up a new location inside Cheboygan’s Intermediate school.
The center will offer things like immunizations, dental care, and behavioral health counseling. Services will be available to any Cheboygan area school district students.
Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent, Mark Dombroski, says no family will be turned away.
“I just believe that our student population, were pushing, were above 60 percent of free and reduced that the financial need is there in this area. No family will be refused service, if they do not have any means of pay, they will get it taken care of” says Dombroksi.
Dombrowski says Thunder Bay already had previously opened a health center in Onaway schools. They plan to use that as a model.
This is the 103rd school based health care center to open in Michigan. The center is expected to open within the next few weeks.
Drug resistant lice has now been found in 25 states, including Michigan.
According to the American Chemical Society, the lice is resistant to over-the-counter treatments, so prescription treatments are still an option.
Jennifer Morse is the medical director for the Central Michigan Health Department. She explains how the lice became resistant.
“Just like a bacteria can become resistant, the lice basically will mutate. It’s just natural selection, so if there was one that had a mutation that made it resistant to that insecticide, then it will go on and have offspring and then they’ll keep living through it over and over again” says Morse.
Morse also says she has seen problems in patients at the health department.
“I had quite a few people who needed repeated therapies, or families where they would need treatment after treatment. Unfortunately for some families their insurance would not cover any other than a certain brand of medication, unless they failed that treatment repeatedly and that was usually your sign that it was resistant” says Morse.
Health officials in north-western Michigan say they have not seen any issues with the drug resistant lice, but they are not ruling out that it could be a problem.
Precautionary measures to avoid lice include limiting head to head contact and not sharing items that may be near the head, like brushes or hats. For more information about prevention and treatment, visit here.
For the past several months groups across the country, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have called for police body cameras. Bay City police will soon take action and implement a body camera program. Continue reading →
An effort to promote economic development in Genesee and Shiawassee counties is expanding south to the Michigan-Indiana border.
The effort began 5 years ago to promote development along the I-69 corridor. This summer, the effort is expanding south to include the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall, Michigan. Continue reading →