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Michigan Tech uses health sciences expertise to help the community

Health and wellness are vital parts of any community. When they suffer, education and economic growth suffer. For a community-focused research university like Michigan Tech, their importance could not be more clear. During this morning’s Board of Trustee’s meeting, Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz announced a community health partnership with the Portage Health Foundation.

The investment totals nearly $7.5 million dollars with MTU contributing $5 million. “This partnership is the product of a shared vision,” said Mroz. “It leverages the strengths of the University and the Portage Health Foundation for the benefit of everyone who lives here. It will improve health care and create jobs. It will have a strong, positive impact on the community.” The partnership makes sense for the smaller communities around the upper peninsula and will bring valuable resources and expertise to people.The investment yields three new endowed professorships at Michigan Tech. Also, investments in health research, scholarships, internships and health fellowships.

A shared goal brought together the university and the foundation; a combination of missions and financial resources to invest in the community to improve both health and economy.“We believe this partnership will contribute to a sustainable community of health, wellness, education and economic growth. This is a collective investment in the community and its residents. It is a partnership that we believe will have long-term benefits for the people of our region,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation.


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