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Karyn Juntunen discusses school gardens, community gardens and more
In the latest PHF Podcast, Karyn Juntunen from the Copper Country Intermediate School District joins host Michael H. Babcock and Portage Health Foundation’s (PHF) Director of Community Health Michelle Seguin, M.D. to discuss school gardens, community gardens, seed saving, gardening in general and an upcoming virtual presentation that Juntunen will be leading. The podcast starts with updates to the CCISD Greenhouse Project, which was completed in 2019 at the CCISD’s main campus in Hancock. The greenhouse is now completely operational, and was used over the last year to virtually help students better understand the process of growing. Juntunen also unveils her plans for what will happen this spring, including their popular fundraiser of selling “the best” starter plants. From there Dr. Seguin introduces last year’s community garden projects. The foundation funded nine projects last year. One specifically discussed is the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission project’s pedestal and raised bed gardens. To finish, Juntunen introduced her the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative learning Series. Abbey Palmer from MSU Extension office and her will be hosting Seed Science & The School Garden on Wednesday, March 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This is a free event open to teachers, community partners and parents. Those interested can sign up here, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSfh5CNDsa36guXKxIq8bOYzzntqbL-RK3YeHXmkmpAApLwQ/viewform.
20:25
February 17, 2021
Leah Polzien recaps Main Street Calumet Farmers Market's Incredible 2020
The Main Street Calumet Farmers Market had a banner year in 2020. Despite the challenges brought on by a global pandemic, they saw more vendors, more sales, more customers and even extended the market well into the fall for the first time in the market’s history. For Portage Health Foundation (PHF), all of that was great to hear. But what put this good news over the top for us was the market successfully expanded food access for those most in need. That was highlighted by a 257 percent increase in transactions using SNAP benefits and a 699 percent increase in SNAP benefits dollars spent. In this podcast host Michael H. Babcock and Meghan Jaszczak, RD, from PHF talked with Leah Polzien from Main Street Calumet about what happened in 2020, how PHF helped make that a reality, how that investment fits into PHF’s strategic plan and what the market is looking to make happen in 2021. If you’re inspired by what you hear in this podcast, we invite you to check out our Farmers Market Capacity Building and Food Access Grant RFP. The deadline for this RFP is March 22 and $35,000 in funding is available. This funding could be used to improve existing markets or starting a new one. More information on that is available at phfgive.org/grants. Quotable Moments “It’s taken a while for the market to build, but this last year was incredible. It just blossomed.” - Leah Polzien, Main Street Calumet “This year there was so much momentum there between the vendors and the customers.”  - Leah Polzien, Main Street Calumet “We need to provide more food (in 2021, which means we need to boost those individual farmers we have or find more farmers." - Leah Polzien, Main Street Calumet “The vendors we have are the nicest people. Everyone gets along really well, helps each other.” - Leah Polzien, Main Street Calumet “We want to be a change agent.” - Meghan Jaszczak, RD, Portage Health Foundation “Especially seeing the sales increase for the snap benefits was just astounding to me."  - Meghan Jaszczak, RD, Portage Health Foundation “If we increase our access that’s excellent, and that should be our first point of emphasis. But, if we lose that opportunity to educate people on what to do once that access is increased, we’re missing that market. We’re not reaching that full potential. That’s what was so great about your market, we hit essentially five of six of our areas of emphasis.”  - Meghan Jaszczak, RD, Portage Health Foundation “We’re really trying to create a more robust farmers market system within our area. We’re interested in any ways people can bolster that up.”  - Meghan Jaszczak, RD, Portage Health Foundation Useful Links Main Street Calumet - https://www.mainstreetcalumet.com Main Street Calumet Farmers Market - https://www.mainstreetcalumet.com/farmers-market.html Portage Health Foundation Food Initiative - https://www.phfgive.org/food Farmers Market Capacity Building and Food Access Grant RFP - https://www.phfgive.org/news/farmers-markets-rfp-2021
26:22
February 9, 2021
#GivingTuesday recap with Media Intern Ariele Kauppila
This podcast is the final one in our 2020 Giving Tuesday series. Today we talked with our Intern, Ariele Kauppila, to discuss our Giving Tuesday event. This year we received $394,514.28 in donations between 1,239 donations. Portage Health Foundation will be matching $200,000, making the total of $594,514,28 to be donated to our 18 local non-profits. We want to thank each and every person who was a part of our Giving Tuesday event. It is truly a wonderful sight to see this many people come together to benefit the communities we live in. Checks to the non-profits are going to be presented throughout the day on Monday, December 21st so look for that on our Facebook and Instagram!
14:13
December 19, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Cathy Kass-Aten from Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Cathy Kass-Aten from Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. They offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. “Flowers before bread” is their founder, Armand Marquiset’s, motto. It expresses his philosophy that everyone needs love and friendship in their life. It is the human touch that makes life worth living. The organization’s motto “where service to the elderly begins by being a friend” reminds us that the most important gift they bring when they knock on the door is the gift of friendship. With every service they provide and with every gesture that they do, they do it in the spirit of friendship. Their services are all free of charge to the elderly. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
34:00
November 30, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Cynthia MacDonald from Swedetown Trails Club
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Cynthia MacDonald from Swedetown Trails. In winter, Swedetown Trails offers 35 km of groomed cross country ski trails and 10 miles of groomed snowbike trails. There are back-country trails and beautiful snowshoe trails as well, where you can make your own tracks. In summer and fall, Swedetown has trails for mountain biking, hiking and trail running. The main trailhead is on Osceola Road in Calumet, look for the big welcome sign. There are also trailheads on Highway M-203 and Woodland Road (where dogs are allowed). The Swedetown Trails Club (STC), a nonprofit organization, partners with Calumet Township to maintain and improve the trail system and facilities. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
20:00
November 30, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Kristine Putz from Dial Help
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Kristine Putz from Dial Help. Their team of staff and volunteers know that a little support during a difficult time can go a long way. They empower individuals to find solutions and make healthy decisions. Dial Help is here to offer confidential, non-judgmental services for crisis support, mental health, and more.  The mission of Dial Help is to promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our communities. They accomplish this goal by providing problem assistance, crisis intervention, referrals, education, and training. Their motto is to "help people help themselves." Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
27:38
November 30, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Charmaine and John Parsons from Dan Schmitt Gift of Music
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Charmaine and John Parsons from Dan Schmitt Gift of Music. Their mission is to provide youth with free instruments and music lessons, after-school music programming and outdoor education opportunities emphasizing food independence, environmental sustainability and a connection to the natural world. Gift of Music has purchased guitars and other instruments for students to use along with free music instruction in a variety of formats. In addition to this instruction, the Fund has donated instruments to youth in Michigan (Keweenaw and Kalamazoo), and in Southern California and interior Alaska through Gift of Music satellites. Gift of Music has also worked with community foundations and local schools to bring music to students in after school formats. They also work to provide outdoor education opportunities to students in the Keweenaw peninsula through a cooperative effort with area schools. Instruction in gardening, and in making apple cider and maple syrup take place here on our farm, along with outdoor writing activities and wildlife observations. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
27:49
November 30, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Lynnette Borree from Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Lynnette Borree from Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY). Their mission is to help young people build and maintain their self-esteem by providing means to access basic needs, enable them to feel accepted with their peers, and enable access to educational activities and community participation. SKY board members are unpaid volunteers. All contributions go directly to the youth of Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw counties. They cover things like clothing, instrument rental, after school tutoring or enrichment programs, motivational incentives, drivers education fees, extracurricular activities (gymnastics, swimming, Taekwando), transportation to events/activities, and summer enrichment programs.  Donations are being accepted through December 1st. Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
19:42
November 27, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Jennifer Szubielak from Copper Country Senior Meals
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Jennifer Szubielak from Copper Country Senior Meals. Copper Country Senior Meals is a home delivered and congregate meal service. The meals are designed to provide 33% of the daily nutritional requirement. For people 60 and over that are able to drive, congregate meal sites are situated throughout the area, providing an opportunity for social interaction. For homebound seniors, ‘meals on wheels’ are available. This vital service not only provides a hot meal, but also a visit from a dedicated delivery person. Meals and milk can be opened, and if a senior is not home, or able to open the door, we call an emergency contact to be sure of the senior’s wellbeing. Often, this is the only social contact the homebound have, and it is very important for them to have a connection with the world outside. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate. 
20:05
November 27, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Angie Kolehmainen from the Baraga County Shelter Home
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Angie Kolehmainen from the Baraga County Shelter Home.  Their work is providing services and hope for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and related forms of abuse along a journey of healing, with priorities of safety and empowerment. They believe, listen, and respect survivors and provide support, information, counseling, and advocacy to overcome the negative effects of violence, empowering them to take steps towards achieving safety and self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. They also do important work towards achieving their mission of eliminating domestic and sexual violence through social and systems change. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
21:03
November 27, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Melissa Maki from 31 Backpacks
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Melissa Maki from 31 Backpacks. 31 Backpacks is a 100% volunteer-based organization that provides food for at risk youth in Houghton, Keweenaw, and Baraga Counties. This year they have had a jump from helping 225 kids to over 2100. Families have seen a lot of financial hardships this year but 31 Backpacks continues to provide support and supplies for the youth of our community. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
25:54
November 24, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Iola Brubaker from the Keweenaw Family Resource Center
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Iola Brubaker from the Keweenaw Family Resource Center. Their mission is to support, enrich, and strengthen family life in the Keweenaw Peninsula by providing a variety of programs that focus on families with children from birth through four years of age. Their vision is for all families with young children in the Copper Country to participate in healthy child development activities in nurturing environments that encourage parents and caregivers to play an active role in their child’s life. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
24:17
November 23, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Tammy Lancioni and Karen Bradley from the Ontonagon County Cancer Association
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Tammy Lancioni and Karen Bradley from the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.  The OCCA is a non-profit organization that reaches out in Ontonagon County to help its residents fight their battle with cancer. There are a lot of expenses that come up besides medical bills. The OCCA strives to help out with any obstacle that may arise during a battle with cancer, from transportation and hotels to supplies and support. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.  Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
31:07
November 23, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Darian Reed from Superior Search & Rescue
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Darian Reed from Superior Search & Rescue.  They are a ground-based, volunteer organization that assists the Houghton and Keweenaw County law enforcement agencies in finding missing persons. Their emphasis is on providing trained ground searchers, command organization, and incident communications. The team is funded through donations from local government, businesses, and citizens. Members pay for their own equipment and other expenses. Currently, they have about 40 members, about a quarter of them are students at Michigan Tech.  Donations are being accepted through December 1st. Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
23:29
November 20, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Michael Lutz from the Omega House
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Michael Lutz from the Omega House.  The Omega House offers an environment for terminally ill people and provides end-of-life care. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Donations are being accepted through December 1st. Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
31:33
November 18, 2020
#GivingTuesday 2020 - Mary Niemela from the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home
This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we chatted with Mary Niemela from the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home. The shelter provides temporary shelter for victims and their children in abusive relationships with individual counseling and support groups for residents and non-residents, information and referral to appropriate agencies, outreach advocates available to help victims work with law enforcement and prosecutors in domestic violence cases, and transportation to shelter is available. All services are free and confidential.  Donations are being accepted through December 1st. Visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday to donate.
36:22
November 18, 2020
Nathan Miller from the Copper Harbor Trails Club talks #GivingTuesday 2020
This podcast is the first of our #GivingTuesday series! Today we sat down with Nathan Miller from the Copper Harbor Trails Club. This organization works with the state as well as local landowners to provide the community with a wide array of trails for recreational use. They depend on donations to upkeep and expand these trails. Nathan talks about some of the organization's upcoming plans of expansion within the Keweenaw.  Donations are being accepted through December 1st at phfgive.org/givingtuesday! 
27:49
November 17, 2020
Introducing Ariele Kauppila, Media Intern for #GivingTuesday
This is an introduction to our Media Intern Ariele Kauppila, who will be working with us for our Giving Tuesday event on December 1. We talk about our plans to get restaurants and businesses involved in Giving Tuesday and discuss the future of the PHF podcast.  Learn more about Giving Tuesday and the Portage Health Foundation at phfgive.org/givingtuesday.
10:13
November 12, 2020
Announcing our #GivingTuesday 2020 partners!
Last week we sat down with Josh Y. from Mix 93 to introduce the 18 non-profit partners we have this year for #GivingTuesday! Tune in to this episode to learn more about Giving Tuesday, hear who all 18 partners are and get yourself prepared to donate this year. To receive a notification when we open our donation form for the year, visit phfgive.org/givingtuesday. 
08:51
November 2, 2020
Addiction Series E13 - Portage Health Foundation Efforts
Welcome to the final episode of the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series. As we finish up we’ll hear from PHF board chair Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette on her vision for the foundation’s role in tackling the addiction crisis, Mark Maggio from Phoenix House and Rebecca Crane from Dial Help on projects they’ve completed to do their part, and finally, we’ll hear from Kevin Store on how the resources within our community are amazing, but the best thing we as a community can do is tie them together for a brighter future.   Thanks to all those who came forward in this series to make it a reality, including videographer Mark Riutta of Defined Visuals, Chelsea Goodreau and Michael H. Babcock for helping behind the scenes in production, the staff and volunteers at each of the non-profits who try to solve our community’s addiction crisis, and of course all of you who took the time to go through this journey with us. We look forward to a brighter future where addiction causes less damage and lives are saved.  More About PHF’s Addiction Series  Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.    How to Get Help  If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org.
06:16
September 13, 2020
Addiction Series E12 - UPSET West
It’s amazing what can happen when a community comes together for a noble cause. That’s precisely what happened with the formation of UPSET West, which was formed in 2016 to increase the level of narcotics enforcement in the western Upper Peninsula. In episode 12 we’ll hear from the foundation’s executive director Kevin Store and Houghton Chief of Police John Donnelly about UPSET West.    Looking Ahead  Thanks to all of those who have helped make UPSET West a possibility and success since its formation in 2016.  Our next episode will be the final one. In that we’ll dive into the efforts of Portage Health Foundation to combat addiction in our community.   More About PHF’s Addiction Series  Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.    How to Get Help  If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org.
05:36
September 6, 2020
Addiction Series E11 - Mental Health & Addiction
As you’ll hear in Episode 11 of the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series, the vast majority of those suffering from addiction also have some issues related to mental health. In this episode, we’ll talk to Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette from the foundation, Rebecca Crane from Dial Help and Dr. Adam Frimodig from UP Health System.  Looking Ahead  Addiction is only adding to the lack of mental health facilities and treatment options available in our community, but together we can advocate for a better future. In the next episode of the Addiction Series, we’ll take a step back in the process and get to know what UPSET West is trying to accomplish in stopping addiction before it can start.   More About PHF’s Addiction Series  Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.    How to Get Help  If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org.
04:50
August 31, 2020
Addiction Series E10 - Impact on Community
The 10th of 13 episodes in Portage Health Foundation's Addiction Series. See all of the episodes and subscribe for alerts when new episodes are dropped by visiting phfgive.org/addiction.
05:45
August 30, 2020
Addiction Series E9 - The Solution to Addiction
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 Rebecca Crane from Dial Help, then Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette and Kevin Store from Portage Health Foundation, former addict Nikki Collins, Houghton police chief John Donnelly, Mark Maggio from the Phoenix House and eventually Dr. Adam Frimodig from UP Health System. The search for answers is still on, but this insight provides a vision into the future of how addiction is being addressed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  See full show notes and listen to the entire series at phfgive.org/addiction. 
06:01
August 16, 2020
Addiction Series E8 - 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 from Dial Help and Dr. Adam Frimodig from UP Health System. The three of them will dive into the many negative health consequences addiction can have.    Highlights from Episode 8   Mark Maggio, Phoenix House  “It definitely has a negative consequence to the person’s overall health.”   “Nutritional issues, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.”  “Substance effect on the physical body, heart issues, list goes on and on."   “significant impact on general health issues.”   Rebecca Crane, Dial Help  “On a personal level, it erodes every aspect of a person’s health.”  “The chidlren in the home are at risk from abuse and neglect, but about half the time it’s because the parents are using.”  “It seems to find its path into ever service division we have and have had.”   Dr. Adam Frimodig, UP Health System  “Drastically wide range of effects.”  “Significant emotional changes, whether it’s anxiety, depression or even bipolar be induced.”  “There’s a phenomenon known as opioid-induced hyperalgesia, which basically means the more pain medication you take, the more pain you have.” Looking Ahead  The significant impact of addiction can absolutely erode every aspect of a person’s health, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today we heard from Mark Maggio, Rebecca Crane and Dr. Adam Frimodig, and in episode nine all of three of them will be back, along with four other leaders in our community to talk about the solution to our community’s addiction problem.    How to Get Help  If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org.    More About PHF’s Addiction Series  Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
05:03
August 9, 2020
Addiction Series E7 - 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. Highlights from Episode 7 Dr. Adam Frimodig, UP Health System “(With alcohol, we need to ween them down appropriately using medication. We give them medications to substitute the alcohol and they can withdraw safely in 3-5 days.” “Opioid use - the symptoms are more serious. .. We treat through those symptoms so it’s a little easier to get through.” “Help people get through that time in their lives.” “Relapse is part of this disease. Every time I see somebody I hope and plan that they will never use again, but by the pure number games a lot of people are.” Looking Ahead Thank you to Dr. Frimodig for sharing your insight and being an advocate for those suffering from addiction. While medical treatments aim to help, it’s important to understand the truly devastating effects addiction can have. In episode 8 we’ll dive into those effects with three care providers in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. How to Get Help If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
03:59
August 2, 2020
Addiction Series E6 - 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 can have. Highlights from Episode 6 Nikki Collins, a former addict and current business owner “I’m here in recovery now, but the active addiction is hustling out there. It’s working overtime. When we go to bed at night, addiction never sleeps.” John Donnelly, Chief of Police, Houghton Police Department “When we go to retail fraud ... 80-90 percent of the time it’s someone struggling with addiction.” “stealing for other addicts to support their habits.” Dr. Adam Frimodig, UP Health System Dr. Frimodig dives into the science of why people are doing the things they are doing, including stealing and hurting people, in a survival mindset. “It’s not because they are bad people.  … When that switch is on, it’s a losing battle. Almost nobody can fight that.” Looking Ahead Remember, addiction never sleeps. Even if you don’t hear or think about it for a while, the disease is still out there wreaking havoc in our community. Thanks to Nikki, John and Dr. Frimodig for their insight. Dr. Frimodig will be back in episode seven to talk about the medical treatments available for those suffering from addiction. How to Get Help If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
04:22
July 27, 2020
Addiction Series E5 - The Economic Impact of Addiction
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 to improve the community have made a huge difference for decades, and will only be more evident in the future through the Portage Health Foundation. Highlights from Episode 5 Kevin Store, Executive Director of PHF “How do you measure the cost of addiction on a broken family, broken marriage, broken home, how do you put the value to the loss of a life that was lost to an overdose?” “There are studies that show almost an 11-to-1 return on investment for every dollar that you put into prevention and treatment.” “The challenge that I would put out to those are watching this video, what is the cost of not addressing this issue?” “Really start looking at, even though you might not have it in your bottom line, this is costing you money. It’s costing our taxpayers money. It’s costing our businesses money. It’s costing our community money. But most importantly it’s costing our community and our children their future.” Looking Ahead In the next episode, we’ll talk about the cycle of addiction, and how it can make good people do bad things. How to Get Help If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at dialhelp.org. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
03:57
July 19, 2020
Introducing Biblio Bistro with Michael Stanitis and Meghan Jaszczak
This week we launched a new cooking series called Biblio Bistro. In today's episode of the PHF Podcast we hear two interviews previewing the new cooking series. The first interview is by Dirk Hembroff with Mix 93 talking to Portage Lake District Library's Michael Stanitis. Following that we'll listen to K-Bear 102's Todd Van Dyke talk to PHF Community Health Educator Meghan Jaszczak.  You can learn more about Biblio Bistro, including watching the first episode by going to pldl.org/biblio-bistro. 
15:02
July 16, 2020
Addiction Series E4 - Role of Law Enforcement in Addiction
Welcome back the Portage Health Foundation Addiction Series. In this episode we’ll hear quite a bit from Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly about the vital role law enforcement plays in addiction. It’s eye-opening, and will help you better understand what’s being done to help those in need, even if they don’t realize they are in need of that help. Highlights from Episode 4 John Donnelly, Chief of Police, Houghton Police Department “We hold people accountable.” “Drug court is something that helps people.” “There’s a lot of judgment when it comes to addiction. People think it’s a choice, but it’s more of a disease than choice.” “It’s important for law enforcement is to try and get out there and fin people who are having addiction problems and hold them accountable and get them in some kind of rehab. Then the next level is people who have addiction problems who are dealing drugs to support those problems. We want to hold them accountable, put them under arrest and get them into drug court so they can straighten out.” “With the forming of USPET West we’ve been able to curve back a lot of that pipeline that was coming up here. For a while it was low risk and high profit to bring heroin up in this area.” “We’ve tightened things up.” “Now we’re actually building cases on these dealers.” “We can get the suppliers out of the occasion.” “Have less people get addicted, especially to the street drugs.” Looking Ahead Thanks to Chief Donnelly for sharing his experiences helping those with addiction issues. We’ll hear more from him later in the series, including an entire episode diving into what UPSET West has accomplished since its inception. In episode five we will hear from Kevin Store, Executive Director with the Portage Health Foundation. He’ll talk about the economic impacts addiction has on our community. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
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July 12, 2020
Addiction Series E3 - The Stigma
Through two episodes of Portage Health Foundation’s Addiction Series we’ve learned how serious of an issue addiction is in our community and how the brain controls so much of this issue. In episode three, we’ll dive into why we as a community need to be more understanding and supportive of those suffering from addiction. We’ll hear from Rebecca Crane with Dial Help, the Portage Health Foundation’s Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette and Kevin Store, Mark Maggio from the Phoenix House and finish with a plea for support from former addict Nikki Collins. Highlights from Episode 3 Rebecca Crane, Executive Director at Dial Help * “People a lot of times think it’s a moral issue or it’s a matter of willpower, and they don’t really understand how addiction gets rooted to begin with and how it’s self perpetuating.” * “To me it’s sort of like saying to someone with diabetes or cancer, if you just had enough willpower you would just get over this not realizing that for a lot of people it gets to a point where they absolutely have to have help.” * “Treatment is available.” Kevin Store, Executive Director Portage Health Foundation * “The face of addiction has dramatically shifted. As a community one of the first things we can do to be part of the solution is to recognize that that is the case.” Mark Maggio, Executive Director of Phoenix House * “In practice addiction is often still viewed as a choice.” * “It’s hard to get passed …it creates a fear and anger. But the reality is understanding the addiction for what it is and understanding the physiology of the brain functioning and how it shuts down those rational parts of the brain.” Nikki Collins, a former addict and current business owner * “We have a substantial amount of amazing people who have recovered.” Looking Ahead Addiction is not a choice. If you take nothing else away from this series, we hope you remember to show as much compassion as possible to those who are suffering from it. Your support for them could be life saving. In our next episode we’ll hear about law enforcement’s role in addiction. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
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July 5, 2020
Addiction Series E2 - The Brain and Addiction
Welcome back to the Portage Health Foundation’s Addiction Series. In the first episode we heard about how addiction is a serious issue in our community. In this episode we’re going to hear from Nikki Collins on what it was like to be addicted. We will then meet Mark Maggio, the executive director of Phoenix House, which provides residential services for males here in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, while also providing outpatient services to people throughout the Western U.P. We’ll finish today with UP Health System physician Dr. Adam Frimodig who dives into the science of addiction. Dr. Frimodig explains why and how addiction is a disease, and why we need to start treating it as such. Highlights from Episode 2 Nikki Collins, a former addict and current business owner “Addiction is like dancing with the devil.” “Addiction is when you no longer have any control.” Mark Maggio, Executive Director of Phoenix House “No one that I know that is an alcoholic or a drug addict set out to become an alcoholic or a drug addict. It’s something that happened along the way, and once you’re caught in it, it’s a horrible place to be. It’s a very difficult illness to get out of. Especially on your own.” Dr. Adam Frimodig, UP Health System “Brains actually function differently” “We know the brain has a big part of this, so even when people want to stop they may not be able to stop at that point.” “It’s not always safe to just stop by yourself.” “It’s not because they’re bad people … it’s because their mind and their body is saying you need this to survive. When that switch is on, it’s a losing battle. Almost no one can fight that.” “Addiction is like dancing with the devil,” is a line we hope you remember the next time you think about someone with addiction. It’s a dangerous disease that can be fatal. Thank you to Nikki for sharing her personal experience, and to Mark and Dr. Frimodig for sharing their expertise. Looking Ahead In the next episode we’ll dive into the stigma of addiction, and why we as a community need to move past that. More About PHF’s Addiction Series Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
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June 28, 2020
Addiction Series E1 - Addiction, The Problem
Addiction is something we don’t often talk about, but as we’re about to find out, the issue is a very real one in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Over the next 13 episodes of Portage Health Foundation’s Addiction Series, we’ll talk about what addiction is, how it happens, the many effects it has on the person, their friends and family, and the community as a whole. We’ll also talk about what’s being done to address it, offer solutions for those who are struggling or know someone who is, and we’ll help you better understand what you can do to help. In this first episode, we’ll hear from the Portage Health Foundation’s Executive Director Kevin Store, and the chairperson for the Foundation Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette. We’ll also hear from Rebecca Crane, executive director at Dial Help on how this problem has evolved in the last decade. Highlights from Episode 1 Rebecca Crane, Dial Help “In 2017 we had over 1,500 calls related to substance abuse or alcohol.” Suicide calls to Dial Help in 2017 made up 13 percent of their calls after being only 2 percent in prior years. “The problems are only getting deeper.” “The community has to come together. Everybody needs to have of a role together otherwise it will only escalate.” Kevin Store, PHF Executive Director “The financial implications that addiction has on our community is actually quite overwhelming.” “We have a real issue. Virtually all aspects of our community are affected. This is our problem.” Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette, PHF Board Chair “Addiction kills more people than auto accidents and gun homicides combined in this country. Being in a rural community, we’re not immune to the problem, we have higher rates of addiction per capita than metro areas.” “We can’t hide from this issue anymore. We have to confront it. We have to work together as a community to address it. Until we do that, it’s only going to continue to expand in our community and take much more of a toll on our community.” Thank you to Kevin, Bernadette and Rebecca for sharing your experiences with this serious issue. We hope you found the first of 13 episodes in the Portage Health Foundation’s Addiction Series to be enlightening. Looking Ahead - In the next episode we’ll meet a former addict and talk with two service providers in our area about how addiction is a disease that affects the brain of those suffering from it. More About PHF’s Addiction Series - Visit phfgive.org/addiction to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast.
05:38
June 21, 2020
Previewing The Addiction Series with Todd Van Dyke
A sunny Friday morning in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula brought Michael H. Babcock over to the K-Bear 102.3 FM studio to preview The Addiction Series, which launches this weekend. Babcock spoke with morning show host Todd Van Dyke about what made the series special, what people can look forward to in hearing it and a myriad of other topics.  The first of 13 episodes of The Addiction Series will hit this feed Sunday. You can learn more about the series and find links to where you can watch it by visiting phfgive.org/addiction. 
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June 19, 2020
Welcome to the PHF Podcast!
Welcome to the Portage Health Foundation Podcast! Today's introduction is from Michael H. Babcock, who lets you know what you can expect from this podcast feed, highlighted by the 13-part Addiction Series that launches this weekend! 
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June 19, 2020