Michigan Health Watch

In-depth reporting on the intersection between public policy and important health topics ‒ such as insurance coverage, hospital admissions, opioid abuse, access to care, medical research and the business of health care ‒ that impact nearly every Michigan resident. 

Articles

Michigan emergency rooms are jammed. Identifying mental illness can help.

May 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Chronic users of hospital ERs often have mental health or substance abuse issues. Programs in five regions of the state help patients find treatment for underlying problems while easing the burden on emergency rooms.  

She often arrived drunk at Ann Arbor ERs. Today, she serves others.

May 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Panic attacks led Lynne Ponder into alcoholism and homelessness. But a pilot program targeted at chronic ER visitors helped her find therapy, a place to live and a sense of purpose.

Michigan’s abortion rate among nation’s highest. What you need to know.

May 22, 2019 | Robin Erb

As lawmakers debate restrictions on abortion in Michigan and elsewhere, a look at numbers that help frame the debate.

Mentally ill suspects get help in Miami, jail in Michigan. Guess which works

May 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Miami’s innovative program has slashed the number of mentally ill jail inmates in Miami, saving Dade County millions of dollars while providing hope to that region’s most vulnerable residents. Michigan officials are taking stock.

In Miami, judges weigh treatment, not prison, for the mentally ill

May 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A day in Miami-Dade Circuit Court shows the promise of a program that has reduced the region’s jail population and may serve as a model for Michigan.

After surviving mental illness, he works to keep others like him out of jail

May 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In Miami, peer specialist Justin Volpe taps into his own dark past to reach out to criminal suspects with serious mental illness. Michigan court and government officials are studying whether to adopt such a model.

Mounting debt threatens West Michigan Medicaid mental health agency

April 28, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The state health department threatens closure of Lakeshore Regional Entity, which coordinates behavioral health care for 30,000 recipients in West Michigan. Lakeshore’s board chair threatens suit, says state is to blame.

Michigan is obese, unhealthy and dying young. And that's costing billions.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

From Detroit to Clare, poor choices and limited access to health care have added up to lower lifetimes for many state residents, making health a gnawing but significant concern to those who live in Michigan and those leading it.

How healthy is your Michigan county? Use this map to find out.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

From Escanaba to Adrian, Michigan’s health challenges are similar yet different. Use this map to explore a variety of metrics, from infant mortality and obesity to life expectancy.

Introducing Michigan Health Watch ‒ the health coverage Michigan deserves

April 24, 2019 | David Zeman

Bridge Magazine is launching three monthly newsletters, two dealing with healthcare and a third specifically focused on mental health.