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Health Forum of West Michigan

Health Forum of West Michgian


The Health Forum of West Michigan, formally known as, the Alliance for Health's First Friday Forum will continue in a similar format under the collaborative leadership of our community partners with sponsorship provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The purpose of the 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, November 4th, 2016


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Richard M. DeVos Center - Grand Valley State University

401 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (light breakfast)

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (presentations)


Keith Creagh, Director of the Michigan Department Natural Resources

Eric R. DeLong, City of Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager

Eric Pessell, Kent County Health Department's Director of the Environmental Health Division


Julia VanderMolen, Grand Valley State University, Assistant Professor - Allied Health Sciences



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Friday, December 2nd, 2016


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L. William Seidman Center - Grand Valley State University

50 Front Street, Grand Rapids, MI

7:30 a.m. - 8.:00 a.m. (light breakfast)

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (presentations)


Tom Burns, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration

Mark R. Hall, Medical Director, Kent County Health Department

Michelle Young, Kent County Undersheriff

Steve Alsum, Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Red Project


Michael Bouthillier, Director of Operations, Ferris State University - College of Pharmacy


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Friday, January 13th, 2017


Each year the Health Forum directs its participants' attention to the West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast presented by Grand Valley's Office of the Vice Provost for Health as it's January event.   Kevin Callison and Leslie Muller, professors of economics from the Seidman College of Business, will present the findings of this annual health-related study focusing on knowledge foundations and healthcare trends, as well as provide economic analysis based on insurance provider data. 

More information and registration

(NOTE LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT!)   Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor - Grand Valley State University

301 West Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 



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


Past PowerPoint Presentations/Handouts

Health Forum - 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:


Health Forum - 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


Health Forum - 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


Health Forum - March 4, 2016 - The Evolution of Healthcare

Patrick O'Hare

Elizabeth Murphy

Jeffrey Postlewaite


Health Forum - February 5, 2016 - Population Health

Jim Green - Lacks Enterprises

Adam London - Kent County Health Department

Lacks Enterprises Wellness Guide

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