Health Forum of West Michigan
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!
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2018-2019 Health Forum Schedule
We are happy to have wrapped up a successful 2018-2019 series of Health Forums having engaged health care practitioners, health care and business administrators, educators, students, and community members in critical health-related conversations that are so important to our communities. Many of our guests have become regular participants and attend each each month. Over the past year we have brought experts to our stage to discuss depression and suicide, human trafficking, the cost of prescription drugs, organ donation and transplantation, and the Opioid epidemic. Our panels of experts are not only health care providers and administrators, but also government, business, and community leaders who bring diverse perspectives to the discussions The Health Forums are offered on the first Friday of the month during our academic year from October to April at one of the beautiful buildings on the downtown Grand Valley campus. We will continue to identify topics that are timely and relevant to the West Michigan community. We always welcome community input and topic suggestions can be made at the link above.
We hope you will consider attending one or more of our Health Forums in the next academic year!
2019-2020 Schedule of Events
October 4, 2019
Consumer Driven Technologies in Health Care
November 1, 2019
Legalized Marijuana – The Health Risks and Benefits
December 6, 2019
January 10, 2020
West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast
February 7, 2020
The Talent Pipeline and Health Care Workforce
March 6, 2020
April 3, 2020
Food is Medicine
Topics are subject to change. Please check for Health Forum updates on this web page throughout the year.
Past Events - PowerPoint Presentations/Handouts
May 3, 2019 - Organ Donation and Transplantation
April 5, 2019 - Opioid Epidemic Update
Jayne Courts, M.D. - Mercy Health St Mary's/Mercy Health Physician Partners (slides not available)
March 1, 2019 - Depression and Suicide
December 7, 2018 - The Cost of Prescription Drugs: The Highs and the Lows
November 2, 2018 - Update on Human Trafficking
October 5, 2018 - Water Quality and Safety