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Photo of the news, Gretchen Whitmer, the center’s Governor Steve Schulwitz, participates in a roundtable discussion with Hillman’s Thunder Bay Community Health Services administrators on Thursday.

ALPENA – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Hillman’s Thunder Bay Community Health Services Clinic on Thursday and met with her staff and board of directors to learn more about the health agency’s school health program.

At the meeting, Whitmer heard first-hand success stories about how the staff program has helped children in northern Michigan with physical and mental health problems.

The Whitmer health agency’s administration and board of directors called for it to continue to support its goals and initiatives so that more people can receive the support they need.

Thunder Bay Community Health works with local schools to provide primary care and mental health services in 20 schools in six counties. The program helps keep K-12 students healthy, and also works to protect them from abuse and misuse.

Whitmer said the children had a difficult time in recent years due to the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he proposed a record investment in health services based on public education, health care and the schools offered by TBCHS because he understands the need to help families.

“It’s the work that’s being done and it’s crucial in clinics like this across the state,” Whitmer said. “We have this tendency to say that children are resilient, and when we say that we are not lying, but the fact is that the last few years have affected everyone. Children who were struggling before COVID-19 have exacerbated the problems. We want to collaborate and expand with such facilities to meet the needs of the community for all. ”

Whitmer said his proposal is expected to be something the Lansing state legislature approves of. In his view, Whitmer said, the physical and mental health and education of children should be a top priority for everyone.

“The younger we get to the people who need extra help, the better the difference,” he said. “These investments are very important and I hope that anyone who feels that way will be able to approach their legislator.”

Michelle Styma, CEO of TBCHS, said she is grateful to have taken the time to visit and learn more about the services provided by the governor and future plans. He said continued support from the federal and state governments could help increase the number of children in need.

“Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that all children have access to the resources they need to be safe and successful,” Stymak said in a press release. “Government. Whitmer has continued to be an advocate for the needs of our schools and our communities, and we appreciate his support.”

Whitmer said it is essential to ensure that everyone receives the mental health treatment they need, as it can help reduce violent crime, especially shooting. He said it was a good place to start investing in a sensible investment and keeping legislation out of those who do not have weapons.

Whitmer said in the days and weeks following the Oxford shooting, it was difficult for him, the Oxford community and the state as a whole to deal with the senseless loss of life.

Four people were killed in Oxford in November and seven others were injured when a suspect was shot dead at Oxford High School.

“These tragedies are happening in places of worship, in grocery stores, in schools, in hospitals, and we are seeing an increase in gun violence that is wreaking havoc on people’s lives,” Whitmer said. “We’ve had some tough days in recent years and the aftermath of Oxford has been the toughest. Whether it’s safe storage, background checks, or red flag laws, I think there are some commonalities that may not affect the rights of hunters and gun owners. But we need to make sure that we don’t put weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. “

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