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Health-related organizations given $337,000 in grants

 The Superior Health Foundation gave out $337,000 in grants at their second annual Fall Grants Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn on October 20. Twenty-six recipient organizations received grants for health-related projects.
The Superior Health Foundation gave out $337,000 in grants at their second annual Fall Grants Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn on October 20. Twenty-six recipient organizations received grants for health-related projects. (WLUC)
Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT
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The Superior Health Foundation gave out $337,000 in grants at their second annual Fall Grants Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn on October 20. Twenty-six recipient organizations received grants for health-related projects.

"It's going to be my real pleasure to go there and receive a check to cover the cost of oxygen for every room in the place, which is a wonderful thing," said Dan Mazzuchi, President of the Board of Trillium House, one of the recipients.

Seven organizations received large grants. One was the Michigamme Township Fitness Committee, which was awarded $2,955 to renovate a fitness area in the township building.

"We have several people who walk around the gym upstairs on a regular basis," Michigamme Township Treasurer Betty Jo Locicero. "We're looking for something a little more, especially during the winter. We're a long way from Marquette, and sometimes when there's a lot of snow on the roads, seniors don't want to go out and drive."

Some of the projects are multi-functional. For example, the Michigamme exercise area will have equipment for not just seniors, but also for the young basketball players who use the court below.

One project hasn't even been built yet. Trillium House, a future hospice home in Marquette, was awarded $11,200 for oxygen concentrator machines.

"Oxygen supplementation is a very common need for hospice patients because they develop shortness of breath, frequently because of weakness, because of lung or heart problems, etc.," Board Member Aaron Scholnik said. "So we knew that we would, down the road, need this for our patients."

In two years, the Superior Health Foundation has already awarded over $1 million in grants.

Other large grant recipients:

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD): $7,500. "CUPPAD will continue to build upon its work by conducting outreach that surfaces new models of collaboration and broadens the stakeholder base, expanding on success of their conference last year, expanding on their website content, attracting more funding for projects showcased at their U.P. Health Strategies Conference, and attracting sustainability for U.P. health strategy efforts."

Holy Name Catholic School: $4,220. "Holy Name Catholic School will use the money to train 21 faculty and 23 support staff in Heart Saver/CPR/AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogen and EpiPen safety in efforts to provide their staff with information and the skills needed to help adults and children during emergency situations."

Lake Superior Hospice: $2,925. "The Community Care program utilizes care to support those living with serious illness, but are not sick enough for home health or hospice. It focuses on providing the individual patient and their family with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, and support for the caregiver(s). The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the person and the family, but it is not a service covered by insurance at this time. The grant is to be used to fund education brochures, provider brochures and enhance the website development for the program."

Upper Peninsula Allied Health Education Corporation (UPAHEC): $4,400. The UPAHEC will expand health care education to the U.P. by recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in the Upper Peninsula, develop and deliver programming to disadvantaged K-12 students from rural areas, and engage the community in healthcare issues. SHF provided funding to help purchase education materials.

Michigan State University (East Lansing), in partnership with Michigan Tech University, Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University: $299,975. "In 2007, Michigan State University implemented a project called (S)Partners for Health, which is a web-based nutrition and physical activity program for obesity prevention and promoting health in 5th grade public school students and their parents. This collaboration project aims to generate valuable insights on health behaviors and health status of U.P. children and parents, and ultimately will contribute to preventing or improving obesity and other health risks in children and families in the U.P. Also, it will provide insight on new additions to the (S)Partner program including the virtual mentor and texting components. In addition, it will provide valuable academic service learning experiences for future allied health professionals and physicians, which contributes to reduced delivery costs, sustainability and dissemination throughout the U.P."

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