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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 and Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center at Grand Valley State University and is scheduled on the first Friday of each month during the academic year.  The forums 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.

One Health

Friday, December 1, 2017



Welcome Remarks:

Jean Nagelkerk, PHD, FNP, FNAP
Vice Provost for Health, Grand Valley State University


Panelists include:

Shannon Briggs, PhD
Toxicologist, Department of Environmental Quality
Water Resources Division - State of Michigan

Andrew Jameson, MD
Infectious Diseases
Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Mary Grace Stobierski, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
State Public Health Veterinarian
Manager, Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
State of Michigan

Dr. Michale VanderKlok, DVM
Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Manager
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development


Richard M. DeVos Center
401 West Fulton
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI  49504


Event Details:

7:30 AM – Light breakfast
8:00 AM – Presentations begin
9:30 AM – Event concludes
This event is free and open to the public.
Free parking is available in the GVSU Seward parking ramp/lot.


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West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast


January 12, 2018

Each January Health Forum has encouraged its regular participants to attend the Healthcare Economic Forecast where the results of the current year's Health Check Report is released.


More information and registration will be available soon!


More Health Forum events coming in 2018!

2018 Calendar of Events

January 12, 2018 – West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast

February 2, 2018 – Opioid Abuse
March 2, 2018 – Healthcare Reform
April 6, 2018 – State of Mental Health
May 4, 2018 – End of Life/ Palliative Care


Past Events - PowerPoint Presentations/Handouts

November 3, 2017 - Human Genetics

Janice Bach - State of Michigan

Megan Bowman - Van Andel Research Institute

Caleb Bupp - Spectrum Health


October 6, 2017 - Health Care Talent Pipeline

Wanda Stokes - Michigan Talent Investment Agency

Pamela Ries - Spectrum Health

Laurie Chesley - Grand Rapids Community College

Norman Beauchamp - Michigan State University

Maria Cimitile - Grand Valley State University


May 5, 2017 - Human Trafficking

Sarah Moultrie - DeVos Children's Hospital

Leslie King - Sacred Beginnings



April 7, 2017 - Social Determinants of Health

Susan Moran - Population Health Administration - Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services

Felicia Clay - Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Matt Ostapowicz - Grand Rapids Police Department

Lauran Hardin - Mercy Health Saint Mary's; National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs



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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