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Latest News and Events from Portage Health Foundation

July 29, 2021

Senior Meals Introduces New Leadership; Kathleen Harter & Rich Simpson

Vision for Future Includes Increasing Meals and Events for Seniors

Over the last month, newly appointed Executive Director Kathleen Harter and Director of Operations Rich Simpson have been working to understand Copper Country Senior Meals and create..

July 20, 2021

Podcast: Chef James Rigato Previews Gordon Ramsay's Uncharted in U.P.

This weekend the Upper Peninsula's food scene will be highlighted during an episode of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on National Geographic TV. The episode will feature a bunch of scenes in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, and as you'll find out in this..

July 19, 2021

Generational Poverty Brought to Focus with Bridges Out of Poverty

Long-term vision of reducing generational poverty in Copper Country introduced to community members

Late last week about 100 community members were introduced to Bridges Out of Poverty – a program Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is committed to..

July 2, 2021

Biblio Bistro: Make Yummy Kohlrabi Slaw

This episode of Biblio Bistro features Kohlrabi Slaw which highlights fresh kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is seasonally available in late fall through winter and is usually available at Farmers Markets in early-to-mid summer through early fall.

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June 21, 2021

Podcast: UP and Moving just getting started after 100 workouts

When it became clear COVID-19 was a serious threat, there were many emotions for people around the world. For students led by Steve Elmer, PhD, including Doctoral Student Isaac Wedig, it meant trying to do their part by starting UP and Moving.  


June 15, 2021

Investments in Copper Country Farmers Markets to Aid Growth in 2021

Farmers markets in Michigan’s Copper Country will have a new look and feel to them for the 2021 season thanks to more than $33,000 in grant funding from Portage Health Foundation (PHF).

“We’re really trying to create a more robust farmers market..

June 1, 2021

Biblio Bistro: How to Make Asparagus and Bok Choy Frittata

This episode of Biblio Bistro features Asparagus and Bok Choy Frittata which highlights fresh asparagus, bok choy and locally raised eggs. Asparagus is seasonally available in late spring to early summer and bok choy is usually available at Farmers..

May 25, 2021

Podcast: Discussing UPSET West’s Profound Impact with Detective Sergeant Jason Wickstrom

Detective Sergeant Jason Wickstrom from the Michigan State Police stopped in to discuss the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team for the Western Upper Peninsula. The group has been around for more than four years, and among other things..

May 24, 2021

Master's-Level Students Eligible for 2021 James Bogan Health Administration Scholarship

NOTE: Due to no eligible applicants during the original posting, this scholarship has been reposted with an application deadline of August 27, 2021

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is proud to announce the 2021 James Bogan Health Administration..

May 19, 2021

Education Leadership Award Presented to Portage Health Foundation

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) was recognized with the area-wide Education Leadership Award on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by the Copper Country Association of School Boards (CCASB). The award is an incredible honor for the foundation as it recognizes..