Michigan is home to about 40,040 refugees who have resettled in the state since 2008 (1), mainly originating from Iraq, Syria, and Democratic Republic of Congo (2). Substantial refugee populations reside in major city centers of Michigan, especially in metro-Detroit (3), Dearborn (3), and Lansing (4...

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Detroit has a storied history of attracting automotive and manufacturing industries to base their operations there. This came as a result of multilevel government benefits and exemptions given to businesses to promote economic growth. But at what cost? The cost has been the health of our...

June 10, 2019

Health literacy is an evolving concern in the fields of public health and healthcare today.  It is important that we remind ourselves how it can impact quality of care and health outcomes for many Americans. Health literacy is defined as the extent to which an individual can obtain, process, and und...

May 14, 2019

In the state of Michigan, 1 in 7 people describe themselves as food insecure. This statistic can be attributed to Michigan’s lack of food access in cities across the state. Food access refers to the accessibility and affordability of healthy foods and fresh produce. The percentage of food insecure h...

April 9, 2019

On March 17, 2000, the National Immunizations Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invited experts to discuss the status of measles in the United States. They unanimously declared that measles was “eliminated” in the United States (1). On March 27, 2019, the Michigan Department...

It was my honor and pleasure to serve as GLC-SOPHE’s representative at the 20th Health Education Advocacy Summit held this past weekend in Washington, DC. As the current SOPHE Advocacy Committee co-chair, this Summit was especially thrilling because for the first time ever, SOPHE decided to advocate...

August 1, 2018

It’s a conversation that has been brewing for years in our state, but now, a new sense of urgency is present. While there's still some time before votes will determine whether recreational marijuana will be legalized this November, the conversation is narrowing in on how legalization can impact both...

July 10, 2018

GLC-SOPHE members are becoming more and more interested in policy and advocacy so we’re working to expand our member’s expertise. First step – enhance our advocacy webpage with some basic advocacy information.

Let’s get started.

The following terms make up the foundation of understanding advocacy:

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May 24, 2018

This year, GLC SOPHE had the privilege of sending three Executive Board members to the 2018 National SOPHE Conference in Columbus! Our National Delegate, Katie Miller, along with GLC SOPHE Treasurer, Megan Miller and Co-Vice President, Bree Bode were all in attendance, along with our Webmaster, Lind...

May 14, 2018

The public lands battle has been underestimated by lawmakers. When U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) from Utah proposed H.R. 621, it’s apparent he underestimated the outdoor community. Hunters, anglers, hikers, and general outdoor enthusiasts came together to flood his inbox, Instagram, and pho...

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