United Way of Kalamazoo Battle Creek

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

That childhood trauma can compromise mental health is not new, but it altering the brain is, says Jennifer Nottingham, associate director of community impact at the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.

She says it can cause learning and behavioral issues for students and an increased risk for disease through adulthood.

But the good news is, there's ways to mitigate trauma's effects, which is why she says the United Way is hosting free screenings of a documentary on the topic.


Apr 10, 2017
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Matt Lynn says many people are one crisis away from having to make a choice between buying medicine for a child, paying their rent or a utility bill. The Director of Community Impact for the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says those people fall into the category known as ALICE.

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region

The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is keeping its focus on many of the same issues, but officials say they are going “deeper” on finding solutions. 


Non-profit groups in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek have established a fund to respond to community needs after Saturday night’s shooting in Kalamazoo. 

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The Chief Operating Officer of the United Way for the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says a public-private partnership is a long-term effort to improve education. Chris Sargent says United4Change will require constant evaluation, making changes to the program and employing best practices.