1. Ford partners with University of Michigan in $75M robotics facility

    Mark Rivett posted April 6, 2021
    Ford Building

    The Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan oepend on March 16, 2021.
    Photo Credit: Ford/Tanya Moutzalias

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    A new $75-million, 134,000-square-foot robotics facility at the University of Michigan is now open.

    The Ford Robotics Building on the north campus will serve as a world-class, advanced robotics facility and the new hub of the UM Robotics Institute, according to a university news release. The four-story building will include research labs for all types of robotics, as well as classrooms, offices and makerspaces.

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  2. The Luke Project 52: Valuing the costs and benefits of free mobile care for pregnant mothers and infants

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    The Luke Project 52 Clinic was founded to promote the health and well-being of the local population by providing accessible, high quality medical care for expectant mothers and infant under 12 months of age and to also provide a mobile asset to local congregations to help them reconnect with and begin to serve the communities they are in.

    Luke Project 52 Mother and Baby Clinic Access to prenatal and newborn care are critical components to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant deaths. Despite Medicaid expansion, many families in Michigan lack health insurance and access to care. Such families often face overwhelming barriers to care including limited or no transportation, poverty, childcare, competing demands, and work schedules. Since 2016, the Luke Clinic in Detroit has provided twice-monthly free care for prenatal and postpartum mothers and their infants through one year of life. In 2020 the Luke Clinic piloted the Mobile Antenatal Testing Unit (MATU), providing community/home-based care to families with high-risk pregnancies and social barriers to care. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the MATU became a bridge to care for many families for whom it is unsafe to attend clinic appointments or who need hands-on testing in combination with virtual medical care. This project supports the evaluation of the MATU project to provide the basis for future improvements and quality care. Katherine Gold, U-M Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology