On April 20, 2012 representatives from approximately 30 Michigan health organizations officially formed the MI Air MI Health coalition to give health groups a stronger voice when advocating for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that improve outdoor air quality, curb the harmful health impacts of climate change, and improve the health of children and families across Michigan.
MI Air MI Health is committed to ensuring healthy air for Michigan communities by assessing the health effects of air quality and advocating for the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies to address these issues, recognizing that clean air contributes to public health for all.
MI Air MI Health partners with various Michigan colleges and universities to offer a health professional education program to teach tomorrow’s health professionals about policy and advocacy. Our Coalition invites professors, instructors, and other leaders across the state to participate in this unique environmental health educational opportunity. We host this half-day program in Lansing in legislative offices. It includes a basic orientation to policy and advocacy work, a panel of current health professionals that have combined their clinical work with advocacy work, and a legislative meeting exercise.
This program is flexible and can be adapted to specific areas of expertise, including medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, social work, and public health. This content is adaptable for both classroom sessions and student organizations.
For more information about this program, please contact Kindra Weid, RN, MPH, at email@example.com.
Health Policy Calls take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:30-2:30 PM (EST) and are focused on reviewing legislative action taken by different stakeholders in the past month, as well as developing future strategies for advancing the mission of the coalition. If you are interested in joining these calls, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.