Robin Erb, who leads health coverage for Michigan Health Watch, believes it is our personal stories that keep us connected on common ground, whatever the break-neck fragmentation of a digital world. A long-time journalist, Robin previously spent six years at the Detroit Free Press chronicling the fight against —and sometimes the triumph over— our most horrific diseases. Her award-winning stories chronicled the battle over the Affordable Care Act, state expansion of Medicaid, cutting-edge research led by Michigan’s hospitals and universities, deadly mistakes and extraordinary care in Michigan’s nursing homes, and a nearly forgotten mix-up of chemicals in cattle feed in the 1970s and its lingering effects today. She holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science from Miami University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Lourdes University (Toledo, Ohio). You can contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-725-1155.
July 2, 2020 | Robin Erb
Fear of contracting the virus at hospitals appears to have kept many patients from seeking care, including a large number of people suffering strokes or heart attacks.
Even with federal relief funds intended for providers slammed by COVID-19 patients, some hospitals say they are still shedding jobs to balance their books during the outbreak.
Public health experts say they expected coronavirus cases to rise as Michigan's businesses reopened but say they worry about COVID fatigue leading to more cases.
COVID-19 is flaring up statewide among migrant workers. Experts say close quarters, crops that won’t wait, mistrust are perfect growing conditions for outbreaks.
June 25, 2020 | Robin Erb
A new report says health disparities and economics helped expose Michigan’s oldest residents to COVID-19 and it offers recommendations that AARP Michigan’s director says are “achievable.”
A new report highlights disparities in how federal coronavirus relief money was distributed, suggesting Michigan hospitals were shorted.
June 23, 2020 | Robin Erb
Though the 18 people whose infections were traced to an East Lansing restaurant weren’t seriously sick, their positive tests raise concerns about the virus’ spread to others.
June 18, 2020 | Robin Erb
In lockdown against coronavirus, families face Father’s Day still separated from loved ones in Michigan’s long-term care facilities.
June 17, 2020 | Robin Erb
Counted as cases, deaths or positive test results, COVID-19 sinks to lowest sustained levels in three months in Michigan.
June 16, 2020 | Robin Erb
A rare disorder, Crouzen syndrome, dramatically disfigures the skull and face. More than cosmetic repair, the series of procedures reshapes the skull, relieving pressure on the brain and repairing hearing and vision loss and other problems.
Michigan health officials finally announced the death toll for nursing homes and the results were sobering. Dozens of nursing homes had 20 deaths or more.
June 15, 2020 | Robin Erb
Early hopes that hydroxychloroquine could help treat COVID-19 patients have been dashed by research that questions the drug’s efficacy and safety. It does not appear the FDA's ruling will impact a Michigan clinical trial.
June 11, 2020 | Robin Erb
Some protesters in Michigan say they are focused on police brutality. Others see George Floyd’s death as “a crisis within crisis within a crisis,” with structural racism the common thread.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its count of nursing home COVID-19 cases is likely inaccurate. And the agency still cannot accurately list how many senior residents have died from virus complications.
May 29, 2020 | Robin Erb
A biobank at University of Michigan is collecting blood samples from both sick and healthy people as researchers search for clues to treatment and a vaccine.
May 29, 2020 | Robin Erb
Neither Beaumont nor Ohio-based Summa Health offered specifics on why the deal was nixed. Beaumont said, however, that its decision was unrelated to financial losses during the coronavirus crisis.
As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’
May 26, 2020 | Robin Erb
Two new studies suggest 1 in 100 health care workers involved in the care of coronavirus patients may have become infected themselves. Bridge Magazine spoke to some of them about how their experiences changed them.
In court papers, the owners of a dam that failed this week near Midland acknowledged it was considered unsafe for decades. But Michigan’s only action against the dam was a suit contending it lowered water and killed freshwater mussels.
May 21, 2020 | Robin Erb
The Michigan Court of Appeals panel upheld a trial court’s injunction against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency rules against flavored vaping products.