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The Health and Wellness Magazine of Lakeland

Winter 2021 Issue

HealthCurrents Winter 2021

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Tapping into nature: While many think of maple as a fall flavor, maple sap is actually harvested in late winter or early spring. At Primal Woods in Hartford, they craft their pure maple syrup the “old fashioned” way using buckets and people for sap collection, draft horses for hauling sap to the sugar house, and a wood fire for evaporation. Small batches are then filtered and bottled on-site.

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Eating Healthy:

African American Issue 2020

HealthCurrents African American Issue

Inside this special issue
"Our understanding of what creates and sustains health is changing. We’re learning that optimal health requires more than visits to the doctor’s office, taking medications, and having surgery. We know that our daily living conditions—where we live, work, go to school, and play—have more powerful effects on our health than health care. We also know that, while there are deep reservoirs of human potential and rich cultural assets, African American communities are unfairly burdened by living conditions that negatively impact health and create deep and entrenched health inequities. In this special issue, we explore the topic of health equity, and how it can be achieved by leveraging and building on the resilience of African American communities."

Lynn Todman, PhD
Vice President, Health Equity
Executive Director, Population Health
Spectrum Health Lakeland

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Weathering and Health Inequity: Letting the Epigenome Out of the Bottle Without Losing Sight of the Structural Origins of Population Health

Dr. Geronimus discussed weathering and the ways that structurally rooted biological and psychosocial processes shape health inequities in our society.

Interview with Bechara Choucair, MD: Advancing Health? It's About the Mind, Body, and Community

Dr. Choucair shares how his organization is working to improve conditions for health and equity

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Structural Competency and Institutional Discrimination

Dr. David Williams discusses institutional discrimination, individual discrimination, and structural competency.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Recognizing and Preventing Implicit Bias

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on ways to recognize and prevent implicit bias.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Discrimination and Health Disparities

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on health inequities caused by racial discrimination.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Social Influences on Health

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on the distinctive social exposures linked to racial status.

Interview with Patricia Rush, MD, MBA

Dr. Patricia Rush discusses the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and on chronic disease and health inequities.

COVID-19 update 1.14.21

Join president, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Nicki Britten from the Berrien County Health Department for the latest COVID-19 news:

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