Stories tagged: "Michigan Department of Health and Human Services"


‘It’s Not Something You Decline’ Michigan’s Top Doc on Taking the Job

For years, Natasha Bagdasarian worked around the world, rolling with what life threw at her. Now, she’s back in Michigan as the state’s top doctor. 

Michigan’s New Top Doctor: Meet Natasha Bagdasarian

Michigan has a new top doctor. Here’s who she is and what she has done to get here. 

Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman.
How One Michigander Saved Lives Working the State’s New Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Michigan's new mental health hotline, MiCAL, is about more than helping Michiganders through crisis, explained one staffer. It's about helping them find hope.

Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe
Federal Mismanagement Derailed Michigan’s COVID Response—Again

The lack of an efficient federal strategy set Michigan’s vaccination campaign back, but progress is already being made to right the ship, officials say.

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
Gov. Whitmer Extends Partial Shutdown for 12 More Days

A lengthened partial shutdown will give health officials time to understand new data coming in about how Thanksgiving travel contributed to the spread of the disease.

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. Photo courtesy the Michigan House of Representatives.
Michigan Just Restored Its Coronavirus Protections. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Public health officials say masks will still be required in public, despite the ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's top doctor, expressed concern about the pandemic putting Michiganders off their immunization schedules. Photo courtesy the Office of the Governor.
Michigan Vaccinations for Preventable Diseases Fall During Coronavirus Pandemic

A strained health care system can't handle two different outbreaks, state officials say. Here's how to get your family back on track with immunizations.