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AFP Interview Series: Nominee Karen Smithbauer

A career as a preschool teacher and battle with breast cancer, ground Smithbauer's philanthropic efforts

The Good

An LGBTQ+ Godsend

With a mission to educate congregations on the importance of acceptance, ReconcilingWorks establishes religious safe havens for queer Lutherans

An Hour with ... Dr. M. Roy Wilson

President, Wayne State University

Farm Friends

Barn Sanctuary is providing a second chance at life to cows, sheep, goats, and more

Growing Together

A local grassroots organization helps connect entrepreneurs and startups for the benefit of all

On Call

For volunteers at Common Ground’s resource and crisis help line, saving a life can be as simple as picking up the phone

Mending Through Metal

In crafting jewelry, women survivors of physical and sexual abuse are earning an income, finding their voice, and restoring their self-confidence

Advocacy in the New Age

A new wave of leaders on why they won't back down for the causes they believe in

Slacktivism

Social media platforms allow activists to support the causes they’re passionate about from the comfort of their own computers, tablets, or cellular devices. Can this method effect true change?

Do Good

The Greater Detroit Philanthropy Awards are back with eight new recipients

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Tracy Utech

With over 20 years of experience, Utech and her team have championed funds that have seen benefit outside of Wayne State’s campus.

Mending Migraines

Nausea, excruciating head pain, sensitivity to light and noise: The oppressiveness of the list of symptoms for migraines has been matched only by the difficulty of treating the severe headaches. Until now.

Saving My Hair

With cold capping, I could focus on something practical and immediate — trying not to lose my hair

Mental Health: Let's Talk About It

Shedding light on a subject long deemed taboo

What It Means to Be An Abortion Clinic Escort

A Q&A with Ethan Schmitt, a clinic escort at Ann Arbor Health Center

Your Biggest Questions About Sunscreen, Answered by a Pro

From how often to apply to the ingredients that make it work, a local dermatologist tells all

Stressed Out? Try Goat Yoga

Highland Park’s Pingree Farms offers a quirky fitness class

An Hour With ... Carmen McIntyre

Chief Medical Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections

The Art of Yoga

A local instructor on Crohn’s disease and her path to healing

Health Extra: How to Combat Seasonal Allergies

A local allergist and a community herbalist offer their tips for weathering allergy season

Health Extra: Don’t Panic When Vertigo Suddenly Hits

The most common cause of dizziness is not as scary as you think

Meal Prep Services: What to Know Before Committing to the Trend

Plus, tips from a metro Detroit-based dietitian on getting the most out of your meals

This New Technology May Allow Researchers to 'Edit' Our Genes

CRISPR could prune some inherited diseases from the family tree

This Detroit Fashion Brand is Tackling the City's Dropout Problem

One in four Detroit students will not graduate high school

How Crowdfunding is Helping Detroit Families Stay in Their Homes

The Tricycle Collective has a unique approach to helping Detroiters fight tax foreclosure

Robots are the Future, and These Detroit Girls Will Be Building Them

An all-girls robotics team is opening doors for women in STEM

Here's What Actually Happens When You Donate Your Body to Science

Answers to all the questions you've always wanted to ask

Hamtramck is Trying to Save its Historic Negro League-Era Ballpark

It's one of the last remaining in the country

Getting By in Oakland County

It's still one of the country's wealthiest places, but the aftershocks of the Great Recession have left many struggling to get by – or get ahead

Inside a Workout at Troy's Area 45 Fitness

This gym offers metro Detroiters a new type of workout, one sensor at a time

Politics You Can Eat

In Detroit, improving residents’ access to fresh, healthy foods is rooted in the struggle for social justice

The Rescuers Downriver

When a group of volunteers saw their local shelter needed help, they decided the best solution was to adopt it

Meet the People Who Made Recycling Happen in Detroit

For a long time, Detroit was the largest city in America that didn’t recycle. It took a major DIY citizen effort to change that

Power to the Patient

A U-M doc is giving cancer survivors the tools to finally feel healthy again

The Common Cure

Cats and dogs get many of the same cancers we do. Could they be the key to unlocking new treatments that help us — and our pets — beat the disease?

100,000 Points of Data

Precision Medicine helps find valuable needles amidst haystacks of information

Home Self-Improvement

Rent-to-own tiny houses could put the American dream within reach

Out Another Step

As the gay rights movement continues to gain ground, LGBT Detroit expands to meet the needs of the community

Widening the Circle

West Bloomfield nonprofit expands its opportunities for adults with special needs with the opening of a new café and gallery space

Purchase With a Purpose

Money does more than talk when you buy from these mission-driven businesses

Celebrate National Yoga Month at These 10 Metro Detroit Studios

Oakland County Circuit Court Focuses on Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Program treats participants like ‘more than a number’

Socialization Therapies at Michigan Hospitals Help Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Through art, music, and other programs, young patients maintain their identities, ease stress and anxiety

The Positive and Negative Health Effects of Long-Distance Running

Before you hit the pavement, experts advise learning your body’s cues for the greatest benefits, least injuries. Plus training and eating plans and a guide to local races

TAVR Offers Less-Invasive Alternative for Open-Heart Surgery

Henry Ford doctor says he believes procedure will become standard for patients older than 65 in the next few years

Keeping Pace with Mobility

The ability to move is associated with long-term health and well-being, and the stakes are even higher for older adults

The Pain Points of Fibromyalgia

Royal Oak Doctor on Mission to Help Families Make Healthier Choices

Pilot program aims to fight childhood obesity through grocery store tours, school nutrition classes, and health screenings

Virtual Reality Check

Local health professionals are using gaming technology and other apps to analyze pain, educate students, and more

Battling Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women

The Mind-Body Connection

How kickboxing can improve mental health

The Young and the Selfless

giveyoung.org initiative seeks to inspire the next generation of philanthropists

Crash Course

The Detroit Party Marching Band seeks to inspire musicianship and creativity with its new youth corps.

Champion For Children

Dr. Mona gained fame as a ‘water warrior,’ but her long-term crusade is fixing all of Flint’s social ills

Clearing The Air

Living in Wayne County’s polluted ZIP codes has been linked to asthma and other health conditions, but activists and policymakers — and even some industries — are working to address regional environmental issues

Curing Implicit Bias

How thoughts and perceptions health care providers unconsciously harbor can affect health care for minorities — and what can be done about it

Dropping Anchor

Despite neighborhood changes, Mariners Inn holds fast to its mission to provide safe harbor for those struggling with addiction

Smoothing the Transition

Area agencies ease resettlement challenges for refugees, asylum-seekers, and victims of torture or human trafficking

Living Proof

The Detroit Zoological Society’s dedication to its mission — plus a healthy ecosystem of members, donors, and voters — spurs new exhibits and record-setting attendance

Waves of Support

In Flint's hour of need, Detroit - and the rest of the world - stepped forward

Building Perspective

Detroit high-schoolers get a lesson in community development, gender equality, and education abroad through international nonprofit buildOn

Melting Pot

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and residents share their recipes for city improvement at microfunding forum Detroit Soup.

Striking a Chord

Detroit area nonprofits play a unique tune when it comes to music education, performance, and youth engagement.

Dynamic Duos

Five metro Detroit couples who donate their time, energy, and resources to each other and their communities.

Home At Last

Nonprofit Humble Design completely furnishes living spaces for families in need.

Charitable Treasures

Money goes a long way with a purchase from these local businesses.

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Detroit nonprofit Life Remodeled continues to revamp local schools, homes, and communities on a grand scale.

Nonprofit Powerhouse

Dearborn’s Center for Arab American Philanthropy harnesses its giving power to help programs near and far

Running for Her Life

Founder of Rock CF nonprofit fights back against genetic lung disease


Having ‘The Conversation’

End-of-life-care issues are becoming part of the national dialogue

Extremely Personal Choices

More women opt for a double mastectomy, but does it really prevent anything?

A Philosophical Debate Sharpens

Michigan, which has some of the nation’s highest nonmedical vaccine exemption rates, adds new rule for parents seeking waivers for kids as other states take more radical steps.

Health Checkup

With the glut of information on TV and the Web, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction. How well does your medical knowledge stack up?

A Family Issue

After her son was born with a cleft lip and palate — which means a lifelong journey of medical care — Michigan mom on mission to help other parents

Braving B12

Local nurse’s battle to raise awareness for a vitamin deficiency hits the big screen

Prescription For Savings

From low-tech to low-cost, here are some tips that can help keep you healthy

Hospital Directory

Baby-Friendly Basics

Michigan lags behind the nation in breast-feeding rates, but two regional hospitals are working to increase the numbers.

Learning the Ropes

Zip lines and aerial obstacles aren’t for everyone — or so you thought

Young women gamble with their health in their quest to be touched by the sun

The underlying “addiction” to tanning — the need to look a certain way — is a complex, personal matter.

2013 Top Docs: Faces of Healing

The list containing the winners, and accompanying medical stories focued on diabetes, the shortage of organs for transplantation, and more.

The Sugar State

Obesity tends to overshadow Michigan’s true No. 1 killer — diabetes. The main problem? How we live our lives every day

A Matter of Mortality

Death cafés help people make the most of life

Speaking of Intimacy...

Two local professionals gain national attention with studies on sex and its impact on healthy, happy relationships

Back From The Brink

Singer-songwriter Stewart Francke pens a new chapter about his victory over cancer

Clinical Salvation

One medical care center in Detroit run entirely by medical students is bringing hope to thousands of Detroit’s uninsured

The Kidney Crisis

Myths about organ donation and transplantation are still contaminating the real issues behind a silent health problem

Pain Management - A Life Of Courage

One woman is living — and thriving — with chronic pain

Pain Management - Carrying The Torch

Chronic pain is a challenge for those who hurt. Medical professionals also are constantly searching for ways to treat this elusive physical state.

Avoiding Strokes - When Stroke Strikes

One young father was in the prime of his life when a stroke changed his life forever. Monica Mercer tells us his story — and explains why we all need to know more about this leading cause of disability.

Word of Mouth: The Lingering Threat of Whooping Cough

It’s commonly held that people just don’t get whooping cough anymore. But, in fact, pertussis persists as a significant threat to America’s public health.

Getting Physical: Home-fitness Success

Don’t let your home-fitness resolution for the new year be an exercise in futility. With the proper equipment and some forethought, your regimen can last through 2013 — and beyond.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Sufferers See Visions

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is a little-known condition in which the brain ‘fills in’ details for those whose vision is failing.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield's Greenhouse Feeds Patients

Henry Ford West Bloomfield is embracing the local-food movement.

2012 Top Docs

Fox 2 Executive Jeff Murri's Suicide Leaves Questions

The death of a loved and respected Fox 2 executive could help shed light on understanding the darkness that leads to suicide.

Two Women Find Comfort After Losing Husbands to Suicide

Two women find comfort in tragedy.

Detroit-area Dermatologists Offer Skin-saving Tips

Sun exposure, smoking, and other toxins take a toll on the flesh. Area dermatologists offer face-saving advice on how to care for and maintain our largest organ.