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Stateside: Vaccine incentives, increasing minority access to nature; allergy season soaring

Apr 22, 2021

Public health officials and vaccine suppliers are working to get COVID-19 vaccines to Michiganders who have not yet scheduled their shots. Robin Erb, a health reporter for Bridge Michigan, says there are now a number of incentives — like casino cash or gift cards — available to encourage vaccination.
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Today on Stateside, what it could take to get Michiganders who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine to roll up their sleeves. Also, no, you’re not imagining it — why your seasonal allergies seem to be getting worse. Plus, the effort to make the great outdoors safe and accessible for Black and brown Michiganders.

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Vaccine gift cards and casino cash: incentives for hesitant Michiganders to roll up their sleeves

Making Michigan’s wild spaces accessible to Black and brown people

  • Rhonda J. Smith is a writer and editor based in Detroit. You can read her work here.
  • Antonio Rafael is an activist and environmentalist from Detroit. He’s also the director of the Detroit Leadership and Environmental Education Program, an initiative of the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center.

Achoo! Allergy season is getting longer and worse. Dr. Dass explains why and what you can do.

  • Dr. Kathleen Dass is an allergist, immunologist, and medical director with the Michigan Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center in Oak Park.