Michigan Tech Assists with UP Health Data Report

Michigan Tech partnered with the six Upper Peninsula health departments and other agencies, to release the first-of-its-kind Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The 350-page report covers all 15 U.P. counties and is available online. It provides a wealth of information on the health status of the U.P.'s 310,000 residents. 

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) reports that the CHNA is the culmination of an 18-month project led by local health departments in collaboration with hospitals, behavioral health agencies and health foundations. It includes data on health across the lifespan, access to care, community issues like drug abuse and results from an extensive health survey conducted last August. 

Kelly Kamm (KIP) was contacted by the WUPHD to conduct the analysis of the Regional Adult Health Survey. "The health department designed and conducted the survey, I was brought in to do the analysis of the data," Kamm says. "I also contributed to writing the text in some of the chapters where the data is interpreted."

Kamm says the survey was important on a couple of levels. "This is an example of how we at Tech can partner in our community to provide expertise to local and regional programs or initiatives. Then, there's the importance of the project itself."

Kate Beer, WUPHD health officer, says, "Community health needs assessment and health improvement planning are core functions of public health. The finding in this report will help healthcare providers and communities address the health needs of people across the region."

Kamm says the information in the report can be useful to individuals as well as the institutions who compiled the report. "Nearly 5,000 people responded to the Adult Health Survey and it is important for everyone to have the opportunity to see how that data is summarized and placed in the context of improving health in our region."

The assessment's key findings include:

  • The impact of the region’s aging population on current and future healthcare needs
  • The importance of prevention—reducing tobacco use, maintaining a healthy body weight and not drinking to excess—in reducing rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Disparities in health access, behaviors and outcomes for residents of various income and education levels
  • Improvements in health insurance coverage over the past few years, countered by persistent widespread health professional shortages for primary care, dental care and behavioral health services
  • Residents’ concerns about issues including the high cost of health care, drug abuse and lack of options for long-term care and dementia care, among many community health issues

Kamm says people can look at specific health metrics that may be of interest to them and see where the U.P. fits against the statewide estimates of similar metrics, as well as how the different counties compare to each other. 

"The report provides a robust description of the health of adult residents in the U.P., as well as individual and community factors that are related to health."

The report is available on the WUPHD website.

Delays in Shipping for Apple Products

Recently, Michigan Tech has been experiencing shipping delays when receiving some Apple products. Apple representatives state that this is a result of issues with their newest distribution warehouse. These delays are affecting both the education and consumer products. To address this delay, the existing warehouses are trying to help expedite the orders.

We can help. If you have any questions regarding this, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.


Fall Blood Drive

It is that time of year again. Last year we had record-breaking numbers (476 pints of blood donated) and we hope to beat that record this year.

Currently, there is a critical need for blood donors. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 5 and 6) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. See more information on the Red Cross website.

Note: Those eligible to donate must bring a photo ID, be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 days.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, August 29, 2018 

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Department Chair, Chemistry. Apply online.

Research Support Specialist, Keweenaw Research Center. Apply online.

Research Support Specialist, Keweenaw Research Center. Apply online.

Report Specialist, Human Resources. Apply online.

Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 8/29/2018 - 9/5/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

A commentary written by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), "An alternative to propping up coal power plants: Retrain workers for solar," appeared in Vincennes Sun-Commercial.


Michigan Tech forestry alumna Erin Lizotte received the 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The story was covered in the Cadillac News.


Thomas Oommen (GMES) was mentioned in the article "US experts to tour Kerala to study landslide," in the Indian Express. Oommen will travel to India next month to study landslide damage in Kerala, India. The story was also covered in the Times of India


Michigan Tech Move-in Day, (Aug. 25) was covered by WLUC TV6, and WJMN TV3. This weekend's return of students was covered in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Comedian Sammy Obeid at Rozsa Center Saturday

Start the school year laughing with comedian Sammy Obeid at 10 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 1) on the stage of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The self-described Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American (try saying it really fast) comedian knows a lot about mixing it up. Obeid was a double major in business and math at the University of California - Berkeley—which, he says, is why he does comedy now.

This event is Sponsored by Late Night Programming and Orientation, and is free and open to everyone.