Michigan organizations receive more than $1.5M in grants to improve health care in Michigan

DETROIT (WLUC) - The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is awarding a total of $1,534,609 to support research and community programs that identify and address critical issues affecting the health of Michigan residents. These awards include funding of $100,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and $128,356 from the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette, specifically directed at the Investing in Upper Peninsula Health initiative.

“These grants are focused on empowering organizations, researchers and health experts across the state to address the health care needs of their respective communities,” said Audrey Harvey, vice president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.

The grants offered by the Blue Cross Foundation are categorized to allow for a variety of applicants and ideas, including:
• Request for Proposal - Investing in Upper Peninsula Health initiative: Fourteen community organizations throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula received a total of $814,652 in funding courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation and the Superior Health Foundation. The partnership provides one-time grants that will be used to improve health and access to cost-effective, quality care for residents in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
• Community Health Matching Programs: Community-based nonprofit organizations in Michigan will use these grants to develop, test or validate new techniques and programs to address the needs of its community members and produce a tangible effect in their lives.
• Physician Investigator Research Award Programs: Michigan physicians will use these grants to conduct pilot projects and/or small research studies to address unmet health needs to improve the delivery and quality of patient care.
• Investigator Initiated Research Award Programs: This program provides researchers employed by universities and hospitals up to $75,000 in grants. The expectation is that the funding will support getting the researcher’s work published to share among other Michigan researchers and medical professionals to improve the cost and quality of care for Michigan residents.

The BCBSM Foundation gives nearly $2 million each year in grants to improve the cost, quality and access to health care. The funding encompasses the state, from Metro Detroit to the communities of the Upper Peninsula. None of the money comes from the premium payments of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members. The BCBSM Foundation was created in 1980 with $800,000 in seed money, which has since grown to approximately $60 million in assets with no further contributions.

Specific totals can be found in the Related Documents section of this article.

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