06-18-2020 Coloma Lions Lioness Club presents scholarship to Morgan Hosbein; Spectrum Health Lakelan

Coloma Lions Lioness Club presents scholarship to

Morgan Hosbein

The 2020 Nitz/McCrery Memorial Scholarship was awarded June 14 to Coloma High School graduate Morgan Hosbein by the Coloma Lions/Lioness Club. Morgan has been accepted by the University of Michigan to study Neuroscience. The scholarship is presented in memory of Lioness Benda Nitz, who was a strong believer in family and community and served as head of the Coloma Schools food service program for many years; and in memory of Lioness Adeline McCrery, a Charter member of the Lioness Club who dedicated years of time and talent to the Club and who worked for many years in the kitchen at Washington School.

Spectrum Health Lakeland sets aside $50 million to help address racial equity and health inequities

The Board of Directors of Spectrum Health Lakeland approved an expanded strategy to address racial and ethnic health equity in southwest Michigan communities during a special meeting held recently. The three-part approach outlined by Lakeland leadership commits resources, leadership and transparency dedicated to reducing racial disparities and improving health equity. Lakeland will commit significant resources to address these issues, as part of an overall, long-term commitment that Spectrum Health system announced to spend $100 million over the next decade. A board-designated capital fund of $50 million will fund health equity work in the communities Lakeland serves. The interest from this investment is expected to generate a $20-25 million investment over 10 years. Governance and oversight of the fund will be retained by the Spectrum Health Lakeland Board of Directors. “We recognize that this is a point in time that requires concerted action, and we’re renewing our commitment to ensure we’re doing all we can to significantly reduce health disparities and remove inequities that exist in our health care system,” said Dan Hopp, Chairman of the Spectrum Health Lakeland Board of Directors. “We are grateful that through our integration discussions with Spectrum Health, we collaborated to ensure the Lakeland Board would have the freedom to use a designated amount of our accumulated capital for specific purposes, including activities directed at improving the overall health of our community, particularly those currently underserved. This is the first step of a journey that we hope will achieve that end.” Further information about the fund will be shared later this calendar year, with an expectation that grants would be awarded in early 2021. Lakeland has developed collaborative partnerships throughout southwest Michigan to work on improving health inequities and the fund will stimulate new initiatives, innovations and progress toward health equity for all. To ensure focused leadership, Lynn Todman, PhD has been appointed as Vice President, Health Equity and will serve as a member of Lakeland’s Senior Leadership Team. Todman also recently assumed a Spectrum Health system role leading the harmonization of community health work across the system, which she will retain. Todman joined Lakeland in 2015 as Executive Director of Population Health. In addition to leading the population health team, her key efforts have included the development of the Community Grand Rounds speakers series focusing on how racism affects health outcomes, and launching Brave Talks, small group discussions about racism and its impact on the health of our community. “Spectrum Health Lakeland is committed to fully live our mission of improving health, inspiring hope, and saving lives. Racial injustice is harming health and shortening lives,” said Loren B. Hamel, President of Spectrum Health Lakeland and Chief Strategy Officer for Spectrum Health. “We recognize that some in our community have benefited less, and we want to ensure we are listening and focusing on their needs. Dedicated leadership is vital in the work to address the issues of racial equity and improving health disparities to ensure Lakeland is a place where everyone feels welcome. We are fortunate to have Dr. Todman leading these efforts.” Spectrum Health Lakeland, along with the entire Spectrum Health System, commits to full transparency on what it is doing, how well it is working, and how it is investing its resources related to racial and health inequities. Lakeland will make that continuously visible to those it serves and those it employs, as well as to its board of directors. The terms disparities or inequities are often used to highlight differences between racial or ethnic groups, and inequities can exist across many other dimensions as well, such as gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. Many factors can influence a person’s ability to achieve optimal health. Across the country, and in the communities Lakeland serves, African Americans experience lower average life expectancies as well as disproportionately high rates of premature death and chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They also experience many of the poor social and economic conditions that lead to these health inequities. To learn about Spectrum Health Lakeland’s work related to racial and health equity visit www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/populationhealth and follow “Community Grand Rounds” on Facebook. These sources will be updated frequently as Lakeland’s work evolves.

Small businesses hail passage of Rep. Wendzel’s brewing package

16-bill package aimed to help Michigan brewers passes overwhelmingly State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s self-distribution package passed out of the Michigan Senate with overwhelming support. The bipartisan legislation previously passed out of the Michigan House of Representatives back in February with near-unanimous support. Initially unveiled at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Conference and Trade Show in early January, the legislation quickly gained the support of Michigan brewers across the state as well as various other local and industry stakeholders. “We appreciate all of the hard work Rep. Wendzel has put in to help Michigan’s great craft beer industry,” said Jay Fettig of North Pier Brewing. “We believe this package of bills will help simplify and streamline many areas of Michigan’s Liquor Control Code and allow Michigan’s craft breweries to focus on what they do best: Make great beer.” Fettig continued, “Many of these bills will help grow small craft breweries which ultimately will help the State of Michigan through employment opportunities and economic impact.”

“Representative Wendzel really understands small business,” said Dave Coyle of Arclight Brewery in Watervliet. “This bill gives small breweries like ours a chance to grow organically without imposing burdensome overhead at too early a stage.” “These bills continue to improve the landscape for craft brewers by allowing them an avenue to develop their business,” said Scott Newman-Bale of Shorts Brewing Company. “Not only that, but they simplify existing laws on the books to make them more understandable and practical for all parties. We thank Representative Wendzel, and her staff, for working so hard to help our industry and consumers alike.” “We truly appreciate Representative Wendzel and her staff for their work on the passage of these bills,” said Scott Grahm, the Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “The result will make operations less complicated for breweries in Michigan while maintaining the integrity of our regulatory system.” “As a small brewer on Main Street in small-town Michigan, and as a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild, I want to express my gratitude to Representative Wendzel for her leadership on this important legislation for our industry,” said David Ringler of Cedar Springs Brewing Company. “In trying times like these, it is a great comfort to know we have a friend in Lansing who listens and understands the impact these small changes can make for the viability of our small businesses.”

“When facing circumstances in today’s current landscape, small businesses need as much help as possible as every penny counts,” said Chris Mason of Watermark Brewers. “All breweries in our state already have to jump through so many hoops daily to get beer to our consumers. The proposed package of bills, Rep. Wendzel allows small breweries like ours to be even more creative and nimble in how we operate our business. Watermark is proud to reside within Rep. Wendzel’s district along with so many other amazing breweries, as these bills will impact the entire landscape of the State of Michigan’s beer scene for years to come.” Amid a global pandemic, Rep. Wendzel’s legislation gained a new sense of importance as brewers across the state were shuttered due to the coronavirus. After taking a survey of their members the Brewers Association found between 1/4 and 1/3 of breweries may permanently close due to the pandemic. “These small businesses are the center of many communities through our state,” Rep. Wendzel said. “They provide jobs to our friends and neighbors, they buy produce from our farmers, and they host community events that bring us closer together. This pandemic really hurt them, which is why this legislation has become even more important. I’ll always stand up and support Michigan small businesses, and I’m hopeful this package will help our brewers get back on their feet and recover a little more quickly.” The package is now before Governor Whitmer, an avid supporter of Michigan breweries, awaiting her signature.

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