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Blog // Connect Michigan

Using Technology to Bridge Gap in Michigan Mental Healthcare

By Wil Payton

A recent University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Research Transformation study has indicated that Michigan has a significant number of residents who have experienced bouts of depression. Economic conditions, lack of healthcare access in rural areas, and unemployment have contributed to expanded caseloads for mental healthcare professionals, who are using technology like video conferencing to meet the demand. Below is an excerpt from a Kaiser Health News article on the subject: Commercial telemedicine companies also are increasing access to psychiatrists and other medical specialists. Teladoc, which claims to be the nation’s largest...

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President Obama Highlights the Importance of Rural Broadband at Farm Bill Signing

By Wil Payton

President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill into law. In his speech, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, the President commented on recent initiatives to increase broadband in the nation’s schools. Below are excerpts from his speech that highlight the importance of broadband: A lot of what you’re doing here at Michigan State helps to spur on that innovation in all sorts of areas that can then be commercialized into new industries and to create new jobs.  Training folks with the skills to fill those jobs -- something this institution does very well. We’ve helped to make sure all of our students have high-speed...

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Connect Michigan GIS Analyst Named to Advisory Board

By CMI Staff

Sarah Finne, GISP, a GIS Analyst at Connect Michigan, has been named to a select group of GIS professionals. Finne has been selected to a two-year term on the Vanguard Cabinet (VC) by URISA, the leading association for GIS professionals. The Vanguard Cabinet is a URISA initiative that began in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners, increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community. “The Vanguard Cabinet provides a unique platform for young GIS professionals to foster networking and professional development opportunities for other young professionals,” said...

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Slow Broadband Challenges Michigan Schools—Federal Assistance May Soon Be Available

By Wil Payton

  Schools are implementing digital devices as an integral part of their curriculums but limited broadband speeds are impeding technology adoption plans. A recent Detroit News article examined the challenge of testing students online when bandwidth is inadequate or when students are constrained by outdated technology.  Below is an excerpt from that article: As public schools embrace instruction using iPads, Chromebooks and laptops to provide everyday digital experiences for students, their limited broadband speeds are restricting how much online learning can go on at once. To read more click here. Michigan schools, along with other...

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