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August 16, 2020

The Solution to Addiction in Michigan’s Copper Country

Today in the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series we’re looking optimistically at what our community can be, and is, doing to combat the effects of addiction in the Copper Country. You’ll hear many voices in today’s episode, starting with..

August 12, 2020

Farmers Market Grant to Ensure Safety for Vendors and Shoppers

Portage Health Foundation granted out more than $3,500 to local farmers markets in a targeted mini grant to help them stay safe and stay open.

“We are committed to supporting local food access and proud of our area farmers markets for maintaining..

August 11, 2020

How to Make the Best Wilted Chard - Biblio Bistro E3

The third episode of Biblio Bistro highlights wilted chard, which is a quick, warm and fresh recipe using ingredients mostly available at the Copper Country’s amazing farmers markets. The chard and several other items were purchased from Boersma..

August 10, 2020

Addiction and Health

The range of effects addiction can have on a person are drastic, and often are deeper than those who are trying to help someone through addiction can ever realize. On this episode we’ll hear from Mark Maggio with the Phoenix House, Rebecca Crane..

August 6, 2020

Mobile Food Pantries coming to Copper Country in August

Portage Health Foundation bringing trucks to L’Anse, Ontonagon and Houghton

The roar of hunger has been heard louder than normal this summer in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, prompting Portage Health Foundation to bring Feeding America West..

August 4, 2020

Meet the PHF Scholars Class of 2020

It was July when Lela Rautiola started her first real job – working as a Licensed Practical Nurse at UP Health System – Portage. It’s pretty astonishing for an 18-year-old who just graduated from high school, but she has a plan, and this is just the..

August 2, 2020

Medical Treatment for Addiction

The medical community is consistently doing its best to serve those suffering from addiction. In this episode, we’ll talk to Dr. Adam Frimodig from UP Health System about current medical practices in helping those suffering from addiction.


July 29, 2020

How to Make the Best Quinoa & Fresh Herb Salad - Biblio Bistro E2

We’re back with episode two of the Biblio Bistro. This episode highlights a delicious salad you can easily replicate at home after a quick stop at any of the Copper Country’s amazing farmers markets. We’ll be making a Quinoa and Fresh Herb Salad.

July 27, 2020

Addiction Never Sleeps

In this episode of the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series we’ll talk with former addict Nikki Collins, Houghton’s Chief of Police John Donnelly and Dr. Adam Frimodig from UP Health System as we learn about the devastating cycle addiction..

July 19, 2020

The immeasurable cost addiction has on our economy

In the fifth episode of the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series, we dive into the impact addiction has on our community with the foundation’s executive director Kevin Store. Store’s passion for community and vision on seeing what’s needed..