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Selfie Museum of Detroit to Open Downtown Oct. 23
The Selfie Museum of Detroit, a collection of interactive art installations designed for use in selfies, is opening to the public at 11 a.m. on Oct. 23.
The museum, at 719 Griswold St. in Detroit (Chrysler Building), has more than 20 Instagrammable and TikTok-approved scenes centered around feeling free, having fun, and cultivating good vibes. Guests of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.
Co-founded by Detroiter Kelli Cooke and her 14-year-old daughter, Jordyn Watson, the two were inspired by other selfie museums around the world. The facility caters date nights, team building events, or days out with friends and family.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit here.
Husband-Wife Team Opening White Lake Township Biggby Coffee Today
The husband-and-wife team of Zachary and Reagan Raubinger today are opening a Biggby Coffee shop at 9228 Highland Road in White Lake Township.
Zachary Raubinger, a Ford Motor Co. IT engineer and entrepreneur, is following in the footsteps of his father, Philip, who opened a Biggby location in Howell in 2006. Reagan Raubinger will serve as co-owner and manager of the enterprise.
Guests are invited to bring in a non-perishable food item for the Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford to receive $1 off a beverage of choice.
Gala Marks Grand Opening of Virginia Tile in Troy
More than 200 industry representatives and Virginia Tile supporters gathered from across the country Oct. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of Virginia Tile’s new flagship location in Troy.
“Virginia Tile’s new flagship location is the perfect addition to the Troy community and the Troy Chamber,” says Tara Tomcsik-Husak, president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. “I was in complete awe of the showroom’s beauty, as it not only helps to build creative ideas that can be incorporated into your home or business, but it also showcases the quality of their products and services. It’s one of the reasons that I personally chose their products for my own home.”
The opening of Virginia Tile Troy brings a premium tile and stone experience to the Troy area for both residential customers and contractors. The “all-in-one” space offers what it calls a “best-in-class experience complete with the addition of large format tiles, a customer friendly pick-up area, fully stocked warehouse, and more.”
“We are very pleased with our new showroom and the connections made during this special evening,” says Sean Cilona, director of product and marketing for Virginia Tile. “We are thankful for the support of our suppliers and our customers. We look forward to growing the Virginia Tile brand and legacy throughout the country.”
Virginia Tile CEO Sunil Palakodati presided over the official ribbon cutting.
Virginia Tile is one of the leading tile distributors in the Midwest servicing 14 states from distribution hubs in Livonia and Kansas City, Kan.
Priority Health in Grand Rapids Launches New MyPriority Travel Plans
Priority Health in Grand Rapids has launched its new MyPriority Travel plans that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
The new plans are designed for consumers who want to travel, both for work and leisure, but still need health coverage when outside the state of Michigan. Members will have access to the same comprehensive in-network benefits when receiving covered services and care from any Cigna provider outside Michigan and within the United States.
“As we are slowly emerging from the pandemic, an increase in remote work has opened doors for many consumers when it comes to when and where they can travel, and we wanted to respond to this growing market need,” says Carrie Kincaid, vice president of individual markets at Priority Health. “Between our new travel plans and innovative virtual-first offerings, we are committed to meeting our members where they are and providing health coverage that meets their unique needs and lifestyles.”
Members who choose one of the MyPriority Travel plans can find Cigna providers outside of Michigan by using the Priority Health Find a Doctor tool. With these plans, members’ benefits, deductible amount, cost sharing, and out-of-pocket costs will remain the same when a Cigna provider is used for care outside of Michigan.
“Our goal is for our members to be able to go about their lives and continue to have seamless access to high quality and affordable health coverage,” Kincaid says. “We have one of the strongest networks in Michigan, and we are excited to continue partnering with Cigna to provide care to our members when they are traveling.”
The plans are available to individuals and families who live in the MyPriority service area. Offered exclusively on Priority Health’s network, individuals can choose a Bronze or Silver medal level Travel plan.
For more information, visit here.
Trinity Health Invests in Xealth to Accelerate Digital Health
Livonia-based Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems, has invested in Boston’s HLTH Conference—Xealth, a leading provider of digital health services,
Trinity is one of 15 health system investors investing a total of $25 million in the company.
“As we have seen during COVID-19, digital health can enhance care delivery and improve engagement between our clinicians, patients, and the communities we serve,” says Marcus Shipley, chief innovation and information officer for Trinity Health. “Xealth has impressive experience connecting health solutions across a range of services, including maternity, diabetes, heart disease, and many others.
“We value Xealth’s digital platform with pre-built integrations that span across digital content, apps, device monitoring as well as non-clinical services.”
Digital therapeutics, mobile apps, and remote patient monitoring help fill a necessary role in extending care options for patients.
“Care delivery is evolving with digital health offering an opportunity for health systems to address a variety of goals, including expanding services, higher engagement and addressing clinician resources,” says Mike McSherry, co-founder and CEO of Xealth. “The incredible support that we have received from leading health systems, including Trinity Health, demonstrates the value in Xealth’s approach to rolling out digital health that empowers both providers and patients, creating a personalized care experience that deepens the connection between patients and care teams.”
Xealth’s digital health platform is designed to bring digital health into clinicians’ workflows, an essential element for program success. It delivers centralized integration, prescribing, monitoring, and governance for digital health tools from current clinician workflows, demonstrating a 50-80 percent reduction in integration and deployment costs, and substantial patient engagement with digital assets.
Successful programs have been initiated around maternity, diabetes, behavioral health, heart disease, kidney disease, advance directives, infectious disease, surgery preparation, and many other areas of care.
Common Ground to Honor Kay White for Nearly 40 Years of Volunteer Service
Bloomfield Hills-based nonprofit Common Ground will recognize long-time volunteer and board member Kay White of Bloomfield Hills with its inaugural Kay White Legacy Award for dedication and leadership to the organization and its mission to help people move from crisis to hope.
The award will be presented at Common Ground’s 50th anniversary Celebration of Hope, 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. More information and tickets for the event can be found here.
Virtually every Monday morning for 37 years, White has been listening to callers and providing hope and help on the Resource and Crisis Helpline at Common Ground. In addition, she has served on its Board of Directors in numerous capacities, including as board chair, and played a key role in building Common Ground into the largest provider of mental health crisis services in Oakland County.
White was instrumental in facilitating Common Ground’s move from Birmingham to Royal Oak; hiring its longest-serving CEO Tony Rothschild; and orchestrating the merger with the Sanctuary teen runaway shelter. She also has been a recruiter over the decades, enlisting hundreds of volunteers who serve as the backbone of Common Ground’s crisis assistance.
“We established the first annual Kay White Legacy Award in celebration of Common Ground’s 50th anniversary,” says Heather Rae, president and CEO. “We named it after Kay because of her inspirational spirit and selfless commitment to Common Ground and her advocacy for mental health in our community.”
In honor of White, donations can be made to the Kay White Legacy Award Fund, and she has designated the Resource and Crisis Helpline as the beneficiary. It provides 24/7 crisis counseling by professionally trained staff and volunteers. Visit here to donate.
Forgotten Harvest’s 2021 Holiday Card Collection Fights Food Insecurity This Season
Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park has released its 2021 festive holiday card collection, sponsored by Tom and Carol Cracchiolo.
The card sales aim to fight food insecurity in metro Detroit, which the organization has seen a 50 percent increase in throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the food rescue organization provides nutritious meals all year long, the holidays may be especially challenging to the hundreds of families experiencing food insecurity. Through this initiative, the holiday cards work to fight hunger by providing $175 worth of groceries per card pack. In 2020, card sales helped the organization provide more than 151,612 meals to people facing food insecurity in metro Detroit.
This year, Forgotten Harvest offers 12 different card options to choose from, including seven new designs. Cards include Circles of Snow, Let It Snow, Menorah, Michigan Love, Orange Tree, Candy Canes, Evergreen Branches, Hanukkah, Happy Healthy Christmas, Old Fashioned Truck, Geometric Trees, and Winter Wonderland.
There also is an option to write a personalized message of up to 150 characters. Corporate partners have the option to add brand logos to the cards as well.
Holiday cards and accompanying envelopes are available in packs of 25 for a donation of $25 per pack. Special tribute cards are also available for a donation of $5 each, which can be inserted into a holiday card as a gift.
Holiday card packages and tribute cards are available on Forgotten Harvest’s website.
Community Invited to Attend WCC’s Liberal Arts Week Activities Oct. 25-29
Washtenaw Community College’s in Ann Arbor is inviting the public to participate in its first Liberal Arts Week, Oct. 25-29.
The events offer interactive, virtual, and in-person workshops that showcase how jobs and the world around us are impacted by liberal arts studies. All 13 events are free and open to community members.
Liberal Arts Week is organized as a part of October’s National Arts and Humanities Month, and events throughout the week will be led by WCC faculty and community leaders from industry and non-profit organizations.
The week will highlight the wide variety of careers open through a liberal arts education. Participants will learn how the interdisciplinary path teaches skills, including soft skills, that can benefit all aspects of life.
Three keynote speakers will lead sessions on the career potential for liberal arts students; resilience and social justice work; and media lighting and promotions. Keynotes are:
Christopher Shepherd, a former WCC student who transferred to the University of Michigan and now is a consultant for Boston Consulting Group, a leading global business strategy consulting firm. Shepherd will speak at the 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 “Linking the Liberal Arts to Workplace Success” session.
Yodit Mesfin-Johnson, president and CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work and founder of Black Men Read, a nonprofit program for youth that tells the stories of the African diaspora. Mesfin-Johnson will speak at the 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 27 “Resilience and Social Justice Work” session.
Madison Rally is promotions director for Cumulus Media Ann Arbor and co-host of 102.9 W4 Country’s Breakfast with Bubba show. She will speak on lighting in a video presentation that will be emailed to registrants on Oct. 27.
Another highlight of the week is the Careers in Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts Panel and Networking Workshop featuring Nicole A. Brown, mayor pro tem for the city of Ypsilanti; David Wolber, artistic director of Theatre NOVA in Detroit; Nick Kessler, WCC grad and morning show radio host in upstate New York; and Patty Griffin, director of conduct, conflict resolution and COVID response at the University of Michigan.
Participants in the career session, 11 a.m.-noon on Oct. 29, will break into small group discussions with the featured panelists.
Liberal Arts Week also includes sessions on resume writing, job search strategies, improv, jazz, philosophy and critical thinking, indigenous cultural traditions, songwriting, and collage art.
For more information and to register, visit here.