low income families

Colleen Klus
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

When you have to worry about food, housing, and transportation, education can fall away on the list of priorities. Add in a healthy mistrust of a system known for systemic and institutionalized racism, and the barriers to success only grow. Knocking down those walls and building a better future is the goal of a group of "Trusted Parent Advisors." The group of seven women have been knocking on doors for four years and are having a great deal of success. WEMU's David Fair found out more about the program in his conversation with Washtenaw Intermediate School District community engagement specialist and parent liaison Colleen Klus. 


Alexandros Maragakis
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Michigan has a number of underserved urban and rural communities with limited access to quality mental health services for children, yet most children in these communities have access to primary care.

Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University assistant professor Alexandros Maragakis about the grant he recently received to expand behavioral health services to underserved populations.


Tony Reames
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

Energy poverty is a problem all too many low-income households have to contend with. While more affluent households leave a bigger carbon footprint, it is usually people of color that suffer the most economic and health consequences. University of Michigan assistant professor and Urban Energy Justice Lab director Dr. Tony Reames explores the issues and needed solutions in this conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Lisa Del Buono
Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action / states.ms2ch.org/mi/micca

We know, with certainty, the climate crisis is negatively impacting our environment.  It is also having adverse affects on pubic health, particularly in communities of color and among low-income familes.  Dr. Lisa Del Buono is the founder of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her organization's advocacy of a carbon-fee plan to comprehensively address the issues. 


Suzanne Van Dam
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Sarah Rigg, project manager for "On the Ground Ypsi," about an online story from Concentrate Media focusing on the Ypsilanti area.  This week, Lisa and Sarah talk with Suzanne Van Dam from the "Circles Program," part of "Friends In Deed" based in Ypsilanti, about how they have been able to stay connected and support local families even during a global health crisis.


Syringe
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

As scientists and researchers get closer to approval for a new vaccine for COVID-19, who will most likely get it?  WEMU's Lisa Barry reports a new University of Michigan survey finds more than half of adults over 50 say they will get one.


Benjamin Goldstein
Erb Institute / erb.umich.edu

A new University of Michigan report studies 93 million homes in America to explore where, and how, we live impacts climate change.  The results show greenhouse gasses are produced at much higher levels in areas of affluence.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the report in greater detail with lead author of the report, Dr. Benjamin Goldstein. 


Faith in Action
Sheri Montoye

The organization Faith in Action has provided food, shelter assistance, and other basic services to low income families in Chelsea and Dexter for decades.  With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, the organization has had to work extra hard.  Faith in Action executive director Sheri Montoye joined WEMU's David Fair to share the stories of adapting to ever-changing circumstances and why there is inspiration to be found through fostering relationships through service work. 


Ann Arbor Art Center Offering Free Resources

Apr 6, 2020
Ann Arbor Art Center / annarborartcenter.org

The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering free art resources on its website to help families get through the coronavirus pandemic. 


Ankoor Soni
Packard Health / packardhealth.org

Opioid addiction is ravaging all parts of the country, and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Packard Health has launched a new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help the addicted.  On "Washtenaw United" this week, WEMU’s David Fair will talk with Packard Health medical director, Dr. Ankoor Soni, about the shift in perspective, from addiction as a crime issue to one of public health.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A student-run tech shop at Eastern Michigan University does more than help the general public repair computer problems.  It also provides an opportunity for low-income residents to own a computer.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, by-and-large, the work takes place while Hidden in Plain Sight. 


Medical
Max Pixel / maxpixel.net

Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents.  That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday.  It found that people on the plan improved their financial health since getting the insurance coverage.


Health Care
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


Courtesy image / Creative Commons

  A University of Michigan study finds that low income households aren’t able to take advantage of retail savings at the same rate higher income families can.