cs131218 http://wkar.org en Current State #223 | December 18, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-223-december-18-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> the shortage of primary care physicians; Michigan Department of Civil Rights director Matt Wesaw; mental health treatment for veterans and their families; the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project; and locals skaters head to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:19:32 +0000 Current State 46858 at http://wkar.org Facing Michigan's primary care physician shortage http://wkar.org/post/facing-michigans-primary-care-physician-shortage <p></p><p></p><p>By the year 2020, the <a href="https://www.aamc.org/">Association of American Medical Colleges</a> predicts the U.S. will be short more than 45,000 primary care physicians. With the likely influx of hundreds of thousands of new patients due to the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the aging Baby Boomer generation, this shortage has the potential to wreak havoc on our health care system over the next decade. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:18:09 +0000 Current State 46859 at http://wkar.org Facing Michigan's primary care physician shortage New MI Civil Rights head plots department's direction http://wkar.org/post/new-mi-civil-rights-head-plots-departments-direction <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr">Michigan Department of Civil Rights</a> is calling for a review of an apparent murder dating back to 1970.&nbsp; The incident, still unsolved, took the life of one of the department’s own, its first executive director. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:15:58 +0000 Current State 46860 at http://wkar.org New MI Civil Rights head plots department's direction New mental health resource serves Michigan vets http://wkar.org/post/new-mental-health-resource-serves-michigan-vets <p></p><p></p><p>There’s a new mental health resource for military personnel and their families, and Michigan is at the forefront of the effort. It’s called <a href="http://starproviders.org/states/michigan">Star Behavioral Health Providers</a>. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:12:26 +0000 Current State 46861 at http://wkar.org New mental health resource serves Michigan vets Neighbors in Action: R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-rj-scheffel-memorial-toy-project <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action </em>segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, during this festive holiday season, we feature the <a href="http://www.scheffel-toys.org/index.php">R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project</a>. The group handcrafts thousands of wooden toys each year for local children. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:09:48 +0000 Current State 46862 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals http://wkar.org/post/audio-postcard-young-lansing-skaters-nationals <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Five of mid-Michigan’s finest figure skaters will soon be on their way to the <a href="http://www.usfsa.org/event_details.asp?id=48191">U.S. Figure Skating Championships</a>. &nbsp;The week-long event begins January 5 in Boston. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:05:29 +0000 Current State 46863 at http://wkar.org Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals