wmu alumna returns to develop community partnerships
Kara Wood, managing director of economic development services for the City of Grand Rapids, joined Western Michigan University as its new associate vice president for community partnerships Oct. 7. Wood, a WMU alumna, is a seasoned economic development professional with two decades of experience. She will now lead the University's efforts to engage and develop collaboration with key community partners, both locally and regionally.
"I'm excited to join the team at Western Michigan University to continue the tradition of collaboration and public-private partnerships to advance the University's growth in the state of Michigan," says Wood. "I'm certainly excited to support my alma mater and build on the professional experience that I've gained over the last 20 years." Read more.
Community Partnerships is a unit within the Office of Government Relations.
WMU secures federal grant to battle opioid epidemic
A major funding boost will soon give WMU students hands-on experience in combating the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities across Michigan. The $1.35 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will support the Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Youth Disorders—MY-PROUD—program at WMU.
"This grant presents WMU with an opportunity to make far-reaching impacts through health care workforce expansion in the state," says Dr. Ron Cisler, dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services, who calls this a critical time to address the opioid epidemic in Michigan. "Our students will participate in hands-on educational experiences that will guide them throughout their professional lives, while also meeting an immediate, crucial need for families in our region." Read more.
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