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 Health Forum engages health care practitioners, health care and business administrators, educators, students, and community members in critical health-related conversations that are pertinent to our communities. 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.
All Health Forum of West Michigan events are free and open to the public. Our topics are subject to change so please check our website for most current information!
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Health Forum of West Michigan 2020-21
We are excited to be ramping up for our 2020/2021 Health Forum presentations! We want to move forward safely in view of the current pandemic so will be offering virtual presentations only through at least the end of 2020. We intend to bring you the same in-depth panel discussions on health-related topics. This year we felt it very important to explore how the pandemic is impacting the various aspects of our well being and so we have shaped this year's presentations as a COVID-19 Series.
Delivery of Health Care During a Pandemic
November 6, 2020
8 am - 9:30 am
(Registration deadline November 4, 2020)
Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP
Vice Provost for Health
Grand Valley State University
Dr. William Fales, MD
State Medical Director
Division of EMS and Trauma
Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness
Matthew Biersack, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Joshua Kooistra, DO
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of
Spectrum Health West Michigan
Ronald Grifka, MD
Chief Medical Officer,
Metro Health/University of Michigan Health
Additional speaker information will be updated as it becomes available!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING HEALTH FORUMS!
Health Disparities and COVID-19
December 4, 2020
Vulnerable Populations During a Pandemic
February 5, 2021
Mental Health and COVID-19
March 5, 2021
NOTE: Our Annual Health Care Economic Forecast is traditionally held in place of our January Health Forum event.
West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast
January 8, 2021
Past Events - PowerPoint Presentations/Handouts
2020-2021 HEALTH FORUM SERIES
COVID-19 Series - The Disease, Treatments, and Outlook
2019 - 2020 HEALTH FORUM SERIES
February 7, 2020 - Understanding the Risks of Vaping
December 6, 2019 - New Discoveries in Genetics
Anna Moore - Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine (not available)
November 1, 2019 - Legalized Marijuana - Implications in Health Care
October 4, 2019 - Consumer Driven Technology