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Navigating the health care landscape can be daunting. Our experts share their insights—and their views—on today’s most pressing health care topics, from advanced-care planning to the cost of health care—and what you need to know about those hospital quality rankings.

Patient Story

‘I love you to pieces’

Life-like companion pets bring joy to nursing home residents.

Explore these 7 new reasons to garden

In patio pots, backyards or community gardens, a little time in the dirt delivers unexpected health benefits.

Money’s tight? You can still eat right

A weekly plan, in-season produce and bulk buying can set you up for healthy, money-saving meals.

Patient Story

‘It’s getting brighter’

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets her second COVID-19 vaccine dose, six high school students get their first shots—and encourage their peers to do the same.

‘A little bit of hope and support’

Frontline health care heroes get a boost from their colleagues as COVID-19 surges.

‘It’s a happy place’

With cheerful hearts, volunteers help make the West Michigan Vaccine clinic an efficient, joyful experience.

‘She’s incredibly talented’

A young rapper named Zah Zah The Great helps spread the message about COVID-19 safety.

Patient Story

‘It’s the next step’

People receiving vaccinations at a community clinic discuss why they decided to get the shot.

Patient Story

A shot of hope

As they give COVID-19 vaccines to the community, team members appreciate the joyful responses of "the most grateful people you will ever see."

Is it allergies?

As the pollen starts to fly, an immunologist shares tips on how to tell the difference between seasonal allergies and COVID-19 symptoms.

‘Patience and vigilance’

As COVID-19 cases surge, health leaders promote vaccines and safety precautions to curb the deadly virus.

Patient Story

In this together—a year of COVID-19

Amid a season of challenges, seven highlights emerge of community spirit, heroism and hope.