Healthier Communities

In-home prenatal support improves birth outcomes, reduces disparities, study shows

Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 26, 2023 – New Michigan State University and Corewell Health research shows that in-home, enhanced prenatal services provided by community health workers, nurses and social workers can dramatically reduce the risk of premature births, the main cause of infant deaths among Black and Hispanic populations. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Spectrum Health collaboration tackles mistrust, supports Black vaccination efforts

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 22, 2021— Spectrum Health is partnering with Michigan State University, Mercy Health, as well as Kent and Muskegon counties to tackle several influential factors affecting COVID-19 vaccination rates in West Michigan Black communities where numbers are low. “Vulnerability to COVID-19 is impacted by factors like socioeconomic status, disability, racism, language, housing […]