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Health Forum of West Michigan

Health Forum of West Michgian


The Health Forum of West Michigan is hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Health at Grand Valley State University and is scheduled on the first Friday of each month during the academic year.  The fora are coordinated under the collaborative leadership of our community partners with sponsorship provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The purpose of the Health Forum is to offer a venue for open discussion on health topics pertinent to the well-being of the community.

All Health Forum of West Michigan events are free and open to the public.

Have a topic suggestion for a future Forum?  Submit your ideas HERE.

Upcoming Forums

Friday, April 7, 2017


Richard M. DeVos Center
Loosemore Auditorium
301 Fulton Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Valley State University



7:30 a.m. - Light breakfast 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Presentations



Felicia Clay, LMSW
Resident Services Manager, Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
Senior Director, Cross Continuum Transformation

Susan Moran
Senior Deputy Director, Population Health Administration
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


(Additional details will be posted as they become available.)


Friday, May 5, 2017


Seidman Center - The Forum
50 Front Street SW
Grand Valley State University



7:30 a.m. - Light breakfast 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Presentations



Judy Emmons
Michigan State Senator
33rd State Senate District


(Additional details will be posted as they become available.)

Please note location for each event as the venue can change based on availability and capacity!


Past PowerPoint Presentations/Handouts

March 3, 2017 - Understanding the Zika Virus

Juliet Bedford - Anthrologica

Mike Kaufman - Michigan State University, Department of Entomology

Andrew Jameson, PhD - Mercy Health Saint Mary's


December 2, 2016 - The State of Opioid Abuse in West Michigan

Tom Burns - Drug Enforcement Administration

Mark Hall - Kent County Health Department

Michelle Young - Kent County Sheriff's Office

Steve Alsum - Grand Rapids Red Project


November 11, 2016 - Municipal Infrastructure and Health

Keith Creah - Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

Eric R. DeLong - City of Grand Rapids


October 7, 2016 - Virtual Health & Emerging Technologies


Tim Pletcher - Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

Doug Dietzman - Great Lakes Health Connect

Joseph Brennan - MedNow

Ken Johnson - Emergency Care Specialist on behalf of Answer Health Care On Demand

(Unable to post Prezi presentation.  See organization website for information:


May 6, 2016 - The Integration of Mental/Behavioral Health and Physical medicine

Lynda Zeller, MPA, - Michigan Department of Health - (Handout)

Stan Stek, JD - Kent County Commissioner

Chris Shea, MUP - Cherry Health Services


April 1, 2016 - Medical/Behavioral Integration Promises, Results, Challenges

Phil Baty, MD and Gary Buchanich, RN - Mercy Health Physician Partners

Kiran Taylor, MD - Spectrum Health Medical Group

John Fox, MD, MHA - Priority Health


March 4, 2016 - The Evolution of Healthcare

Patrick O'Hare

Elizabeth Murphy

Jeffrey Postlewaite


February 5, 2016 - Population Health

Jim Green - Lacks Enterprises

Adam London - Kent County Health Department

Lacks Enterprises Wellness Guide

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