Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

Cut off: Coronavirus pandemic worsens hardship for thousands of Lansing area residents without internet

“It’s not a want to have. It’s a need to have. It’s sad that it took a virus to make people see that.” ~Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan The following story was published in the Lansing State Journal on April 14, 2020 by Sarah Lehr Wesley Clark, 84, needed a new wheelchair. His doctor wanted to explain via …

Spectrum Health Offers Free Coronavirus Virtual Screenings

Grand Rapids MI. (March 26, 2020) –Since the outbreak of COVID-19, social distancing has been recommended to everyone living in the United States. But as society continues to self-isolate, certain everyday needs are put on the backburner. One is making time to see your primary physician. “Spectrum Health is working around the clock to slow the spread of COVID-19 and …

On The Front Lines: Seamstress Answers Call for Help During COVID-19

Livonia, MI (March 25, 2020) – Across the country, hospitals are struggling to protect their own during the coronavirus outbreak.   But, a shortage of masks is making it difficult for health care workers who are on the front lines with those who are infected—and highly contagious—to stay healthy themselves. That includes staff and administrators at St. Mary’s Hospital in Livonia, …

Michigan’s Governor Expands Telemedicine, Urges President Trump to Permit ACA Special Enrollment Period During COVID-19

The following is a press release issued by Gov. Whitmer’s office on March 12, 2020  LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue …

Alcona County Seeks to Expand Internet Access

The following was published in The Alpena News on March 12, 2020 by Crystal Nelson  HARRISVILLE — Alcona County’s newly established Economic Development Corp. would like to see high-speed internet more easily accessible to businesses and residents throughout the county. Chairman Doug Cheek said there are various amounts of fiber, one type of infrastructure used to provide internet services, “dotted” around the …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Groundbreaking Study Looks at the Impact of Telehealth in Rural America

Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties. Researchers found, among other things, the highest ratios in the country of patients per doctor, a lower-than-average life expectancy, …

Healthcare From Anywhere: Telehealth Use & Perceptions in Rural Michigan

 Study Finds Expanding Telehealth in Just Five Michigan Counties Could Mean Nearly $4.7 Million in Savings Per Year Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) just released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas. “Our nonprofit has long been focused on connecting more families and communities to high-speed …

Michigan Health Endowment Fund awards nearly $15 million in health projects across Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) will support dozens of Michigan organizations with just under $15 million in new investments. 33 organizations will receive grants ranging from $87,000 to $500,000 as part of two Health Fund programs: Behavioral Health and Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles. (A full list of grant recipients …

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

The following is a press release issued by USDA on November 20  Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will benefit 5.4 Million Rural Residents in 37 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million …