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Grant provided by Michigan Health Endowment Fund to help
improve health and wellness of seniors
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) has recently been awarded a grant of $4.2 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for seniors across the state.
The MACMHB grant dollars will help fund a pilot program, Senior Reach®, over the next two years to connect seniors who are isolated or in need of social support and to address behavioral health needs before a crisis occurs. Senior Reach® is a community program that works with multiple community partners to identify older adults who may need emotional or physical support and/or connection to other community services. The program is a service-based intervention targeting older adults experiencing problematic mental and emotional states; personality and physical changes; poor health; social isolation; substance abuse; physical abuse or neglect; and risk factors for suicide.
“The Senior Reach® program, a nationally recognized evidence based practice, will provide the twelve communities involved in this effort with the tools to reach and inform seniors about a range of health and human services resources available to them. This kind of outreach and education is essential in promoting the health and vitality of the seniors in our state,” said Robert Sheehan, chief executive officer of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.
Non-traditional community partners such as Meals on Wheels and senior centers as well as and traditional partners including primary care physicians and adult protective service programs serve as referral sources to the new Senior Reach® program. To refer a senior, the community partner contacts a call center, who then contacts the individual to engage them and provide information about the program. After an in-home assessment, the senior is referred to the best combination of Senior Reach® services tailored to his or her needs, which could include mental health care, care management, and/or a combination of services. Treatment planning is coordinated in partnership with the senior, is individualized, strengths-based, and recovery oriented.
“We’re proud to support the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards and the positive impact they’re making on Michigan’s seniors,” said Rob Fowler, chair of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. “Part of our mission at the Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of seniors statewide, and by funding the Senior Reach® program, we’re able to help with that.”
The aim of the Michigan Senior Reach project, which will be implemented in twelve Michigan communities, is develop a Michigan based program implementation model, specific to the characteristics of Michigan’s behavioral health and older adult support services systems, that can be used to sustain and create additional Senior Reach® programs statewide. To accomplish this aim, the project will:
- Identify targeted at-risk older adults
- Develop and/or strengthen community partner referrals, outreach, and treatment
- Make a positive impact on the lives of older adults referred (as measured by a standardized outcome measurement tool)
- Increase referrals, community support, agency awareness, and sustainability.
- Develop the administrative, fiscal, and clinical infrastructure to support Senior Reach beyond the Health Endowment Fund support period
The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year in 2014 with an additional $8.5 million awarded in December to 29 Michigan community health foundations.
Additional information can be found at the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards website at macmhb.org.
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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund will be accepting applications for up to $10 million in grants to improve the quality of health for Michigan’s children and seniors.
Up to $8 million of the new grant dollars – approved by the Fund’s board of directors on July 23, 2015 – will be available for application by Michigan community foundations that meet national standards criteria. An additional $2 million will be available to other community organizations throughout the state.
“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund board has been proud to support a variety of very successful programs this past year aimed at improving the health of Michigan’s children and senior residents,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We look forward to building strong relationships with Michigan’s community foundations and other non-profit organizations that are working to improve the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.”
Community foundations can apply for grants to improve the health of minor children and seniors in their regions. Those foundations, in turn, could offer their affiliate foundations or smaller community organizations the opportunity to seek grants that support programs with the same goal. Applications are due in October.
Community-based, non-profit organizations may apply directly to the Fund for grants to support programs related to children and seniors. Organizations making a direct application must be a 501(c)3 public charity, have an annual operating budget of less than $1.5 million and a current, certified financial audit. Local units of government are also encouraged to apply.
The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year.
“In year one, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded 10 large grants to statewide organizations to support projects related to fitness programs for youth, fall reduction for seniors, access to healthy food, mental health screenings and health education,” said Paul Hillegonds, Michigan Health Endowment Fund chief executive officer. “We are excited to collaborate this year with smaller organizations that seek to enhance the well-being of Michigan’s children and seniors in their local communities.”
All grant monies will be awarded based on criteria established by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund board. Applicants are encouraged to show a direct relationship to one or more of eight key focus areas: infant mortality; health services for foster and adopted children; wellness and fitness programs; access to healthy food; mental health services; technology enhancements; health-related transportation needs; and foodborne illness prevention. Projects can be for pilot projects or ongoing programs, but the grants are not intended to replace lost government funding.
Additional information regarding grant eligibility can be found at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund website at mhealthfund.com or via email at email@example.com.
About Michigan Health Endowment Fund:
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund was established to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The Fund was created through the passage of Public Act 4 of 2013, which authorized certain changes to how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) operates in the state.
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund announced $15.2 million in funding to four organizations providing health and wellness services to older adults and children in the first step of its 2014 pilot funding program. The Food Bank Council of Michigan, the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, Michigan Recreation and Parks Association and Easter Seals – Michigan, Inc. were recently awarded funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is focused on what we can do to help improve the health of Michigan children and seniors,” said Rob Fowler, Chairman of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “The board has chosen to fund these important projects as they support an array of crucial health areas including wellness, mental health services and chronic disease management that will have a positive impact on the health of the people of Michigan.”
- The Food Bank Council of Michigan was awarded $5 million for a new program called Michigan Food Bank Access to Nutrition that will support mobile distribution sites that will deliver fruits and vegetables to those in need across the The program will coordinate various forms of mobile distribution including direct service to schools, senior centers and other areas where the need is high. The pilot will also include a statewide campaign to teach participants in the program the importance of nutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals. The Food Bank Council of Michigan is a statewide association made up of seven member food banks that serve all 83 counties in the state.
- The Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan was awarded $5 million to support the expansion of a fall prevention program and a diabetes management program for senior In Michigan, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for older adults and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma for older adults. 4,000 high risk seniors will be trained in the Matter of Balance program.
- Additionally, more than 4,000 high risk seniors with Type 2 diabetes will be trained in the Diabetes Self-Management program. These seniors are not insulin dependent but need to better manage their conditions. The Area Agencies of Aging Association of Michigan represents all 16 Area Agencies on Aging that serve all 83 counties in the state.
- The Michigan Recreation and Park Association was awarded $1.1 million for the development of a fitness-based program with emphasis on youth, families and seniors for communities with health The program will include a youth physical fitness curriculum, a family fitness program, a health and wellness curriculum for seniors and the development of a series of virtual, interactive fitness classes for homebound seniors.
- Easter Seals-Michigan,, was awarded $4.1 million to design and launch a trauma screening and assessment program for Michigan children in eight sites across the state including Oakland, Macomb, Kent, Genesee, Wayne, Kalamazoo and Isabella counties and the Upper Peninsula. The program will include a web-based screening service, complex trauma assessment and comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment to better identify, assess and treat children experiencing trauma.
While the Michigan Health Endowment Fund continues to organize its operation, including the hiring of a permanent Chief Executive Officer and developing a comprehensive grantmaking strategy, the Board felt it important to make funding available to organizations working in health that have the ability to distribute funding to local affiliates throughout the state in 2014.
In an effort to distribute these funds the Board invited 12 statewide organizations to participate in its 2014 Pilot Grant Program and received grant applications from 11 of the invited organizations. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund continues to review the remaining seven applications from the pilot program and may move forward with funding requests at future board meetings.
The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors.
The Fund was created through the passage of Public Act 4 of 2013, which authorized certain changes to how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) operates in the state. The law requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
Members of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund are Lynn Alexander, Tim Damschroder, Cindy Estrada, Rob Fowler, Sue Jandernoa, Jim Murray, Keith Pretty, Marge Robinson, and Michael Williams.
Visit www.mhealthfund.com for more information about the Fund.