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Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center Expands Veteran Care with New Specialists and Improved Access

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is expanding access to healthcare for Veterans by hiring new specialists, including its first gynecologist and gastroenterologist, and implementing gap and surrogate providers to reduce wait times.

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Big Pinwheels in the Sky

According to survey data, a significant majority of UP officials oppose large-scale wind projects within their own jurisdictions. Check out this second article in the “CLOSE UP on the UP” project, a collaboration between CLOSUP, U-M’s UP Scholars Program, and Rural Insights.

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Local Government Officials’ Assessments of Community Poverty in the Upper Peninsula

In her recent article, UofM Research Assistant Mia Brodeur explores the issue of poverty in the Upper Peninsula and how local government leaders perceive and address this challenge. This is the first in a series from the “CLOSE UP on the UP” project, a collaboration between the UofM Ford School of Public Policy’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), UofM’s UP Scholars Program, and Rural Insights.

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2020-2023 Census Population Estimates: A Mixed Bag for UP Counties

In their latest research piece, Michael and John Broadway explore the mixed demographic trends in the Upper Peninsula. While some counties see modest population growth due to remote work and migration, economic challenges remain deep-rooted in distressed communities.

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Addressing Rural Challenges: A Conversation with Scott Erbisch

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, seasoned public administrator Scott Erbisch joins David Haynes to discuss the unique challenges faced by rural areas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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