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Health Notes December 2023

Mercy Health partners with RIP Medical Debt

Mercy Health and RIP Medical Debt reached a new agreement that will help alleviate $7.22 million worth of medical debt for 4,917 area patients with financial obligations related to health care costs. RIP, a national nonprofit that uses donated funds to purchase medical debts belonging to financially burdened individuals,  has acquired — and abolished — more than $10 billion of medical debt, helping over 7 million families and addressing a major social determinant of health. Visit or email

BuchuVida Tea Party

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Each month, BuchuVida hosts an afternoon filled with exquisite flavors and heartwarming conversations. Engage in conversations with tea experts, expand your tea knowledge and discover the art of brewing and pairing. Food and tea provided. $20 donation suggested. RSVP required. Sunday, Dec. 17. 1 pm. 24124 Front St, Grand Rapids. 419-830-3055. 

People First of Toledo Advocacy Group

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People First of Toledo, affiliated with Courageous Community Services and People First of Ohio, invite you to this self-led disability advocacy group. Engage with your community, learn self-advocacy skills and meet others similarly situated. Meetings (monthly) are $5, or $50 for 12 months, and open to anyone. The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St. Email Quinn Thomas with questions at

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