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Healthy Discussions: West Michigan Health Forum Returns in October

We often think of health at an individual level as we work to clean up our eating, exercise and take care of our mental health and stress levels.

While it’s true that everyone has their own health struggles and triumphs, it’s important to step back and look at the big-picture health of our communities. Doing so can help identify trends and foster understanding of the societal and structural issues that sometimes impact health at the individual level.

Meaningful conversations are set to take place through upcoming Health Forum of West Michigan sessions, hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Health and Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center at Grand Valley State University, with sponsorship provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.

Panel discussions featuring local, regional and even international health experts take place on the first Friday of each month during the academic year. Open discussion is encouraged and all events are free and open to the public.

If you’d like to be part of the conversation, registration is open for the first event, which will be held Friday, Oct. 6 and focus on the health care talent pipeline.

Other topics include:

  • Nov. 3, 2017: Human Genetics
  • Dec. 1, 2017: One Health
  • Jan. 12, 2018 (second Friday): West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast
  • Feb. 2, 2018: Opioid Abuse
  • March 2, 2018: Healthcare Reform
  • April 6, 2018: State of Mental Health
  • May 4, 2018: End of Life/ Palliative Care

Read coverage of past Health Forum topics here:

Photo credit: NIH Clinical Center

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