FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26th, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) has awarded more than $6 million dollars to 16 organizations across the state of Michigan, with a special focus on projects addressing the opioid crisis. Aimed at improving behavioral health services for children and older adults, the grants range in amounts from around $150,000 to $500,000. The awardee organizations serve communities in every region of Michigan, from Metro Detroit to Houghton County in the western Upper Peninsula. A full list of awards can be found at the bottom of this release.
Several of the grants support innovative approaches to addressing the opioid crisis and key issues around substance abuse, especially how they affect children. For example, the Michigan Public Health Insititute (MPHI) was awarded $412,347 to support mothers and babies struggling with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, caused when a newborn experiences withdrawal from a substance in the mother’s system during pregnancy. Focusing on prevention, screening, and coordinating care, MPHI will develop the program in Saginaw and Marquette counties, using initial results to develop a replication guide that can be used in other communities.
“The opioid crisis is a statewide challenge in Michigan,” said Health Fund Senior Program Officer Becky Cienki, who oversees the Behavioral Health Initiative. “No community or demographic is immune—Upper or Lower Peninsula, urban or rural, wealthy or economically struggling. We must develop evidence-based solutions that work for all populations.”
Like all grants the Health Fund makes through its proactive initiatives, each of the awarded projects advances integrated care or workforce development. For example, Cherry Health will receive $480,678 to add behavioral health screening, follow-up, and referral to their existing primary care services for people aged 65 and older in Kent County. Henry Ford Health System will receive $500,000 to integrate primary care and substance abuse services at outpatient clinics in Southeast Michigan; in addition, the program will train physicians and other clinical staff in opiate abuse and appropriate opiate prescribing practices.
“We have identified integrated care and workforce development as two areas in which we can have a significant impact,” explained Health Fund CEO Paul Hillegonds. “By threading these two goals throughout our grantmaking, we can help enhance the quality and efficiency of care for Michigan residents, thus improving health outcomes statewide.”
Behavioral Health is one of the Health Fund’s three annual proactive initiatives. The other two are Healthy Aging and Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles. For more information about the Health Fund and its grantmaking, visit mhealthfund.com.
2017 Behavior Health Initiative Grants (totaling $6,457,081.93)
Catholic Human Services, Inc., Integrated Intervention For Parents With Additions In The Child Welfare System | $449,411
- This project will develop and implement an integrated intervention model to address substance abuse. An interdisciplinary care coordination team will help parents who are struggling with addiction and have children within the child welfare system in Alpena and Montmorency counties.
- Areas served: Alpena and Montmorency
Cherry Health, Elevate Senior Health: Behavioral and Physical Health Annual Screening | $480,678
- The project will improve early detection and treatment of behavioral health issues in seniors aged 65 and older. It will increase utilization of annual wellness exams at three Cherry Health sites in Grand Rapids as well as integrate care management, wellness coaching, referral coordination, and follow up for improved senior health and wellness.
- Areas served: Kent County
Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, Integrated Behavioral Health in School | $498,204
- This project will expand students’ access to behavioral health services by integrating clinicians into five high poverty schools in year one, followed by the addition of five more schools in year two.
- Areas served: The townships of Kalamazoo, Oshtemo, and Texas
The Corner Health Center, Psychiatric Services for Youth through Community Healthcare (PSYCH) | $282,913
- (PSYCH) is a collaboration to increase access to integrated psychiatric services for children. The project adds psychiatric capacity to the Corner Health Center and provides training to residents and other clinicians to provide care for stabilized patients or lower acuity patients without the presence of a psychiatrist.
- Area served: Washtenaw County
D. A. Blodgett-St. John, The Safe Passages Mentoring Program | $287,327
- To improve reunification rates of children in foster care, this project connects biological parents dealing with substance use disorders to recovery support services through certified recovery coaches.
- Area served: Kent County
Eastern Michigan University, EMU Geropsychology Training: Advancing Late-Life Neurobehavioral Health | $391,097.98
- This project will establish specialty training in geropsychology in Eastern Michigan University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, providing older adults with cognitive loss in Southeast Michigan with integrated behavioral health services delivered by doctoral students. Faculty with expertise in geropsychology will model the service delivery and create a training package to sustain the training in the future.
- Areas served: Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne counties
Henry Ford Health System, Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment in and Office-Based Integrated Care Model | $500,000
- Outpatient clinics in metro Detroit will utilize an integrated behavioral health care model to provide education, diagnosis, and treatment to those afflicted with opioid use disorders. In addition, this program will train physicians and other clinical staff in appropriate prescribing of opiates.
- Areas served: Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties
Michigan Public Health Institute, A Systems-Level Approach to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome | $412,347
- This project will address integration of care and services for pregnant women and infants impacted by NAS, caused when a newborn infant experiences withdrawal from a substance in the mother’s system during pregnancy. Focusing on prevention, screening and coordinating care, MPHI will develop the program in Saginaw and Marquette counties, utilizing initial results to develop a replication guide that can be used in other communities.
- Areas served: Saginaw and Marquette counties
M.P.A. Group, Washington Elementary School Family Health Initiative | $157,166
- This project will create a school-based system that integrates behavioral health services, serving family and child needs and enhancing educational achievement. The initiative will educate staff on the impact of childhood traumas, train staff to identify and assist with behavioral interventions, and design educational strategies for students with behavioral health challenges.
- Area served: Bay County
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority, Family Assessment & Safety Team (F.A.S.T.) | $499,790.95
- To address the fragmentation of service delivery for children in crisis and the shortage of child psychiatrists in the state and region, this project will standardize a response and resources available to children in crisis. Mobile FAST members will immediately respond to calls for assistance with an integrated assessment, evaluation, and crisis interventions suitable to the child and family needs. This model also has the potential to reduce emergency room visits and inpatient hospital stays.
- Areas served: Grand Traverse, Crawford, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford counties
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Reducing Psychiatric Boarding of Pediatric Patients to Assist Families in Crisis | $446,320
- In partnership with five hospital emergency departments, this project will address the issue of children being boarded in an emergency room while awaiting an inpatient bed or assessment. On-call psychiatric consultation, staff education, and additional care integration will reduce emergency department board times and inpatient stays, helping children and families in crisis.
- Areas served: West Michigan, Traverse City, and Indiana counties
The Regents of University of Michigan, Establishing a Michigan Collaborative Care Implementation Support Team to Enhance Access to Quality Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care for Seniors and Low-Income Adults | $499,342
- This project’s goal is to increase primary care workforce capacity to treat seniors’ behavioral health conditions by supporting implementation of the Collaborative Care Model. This technical assistance project will develop infrastructure for a Michigan Collaborative Care Implementation Support Team (MCCIST) that will support efforts by primary care clinics to implement the care model.
- Area served: Statewide
The Regents of the University of Michigan, TRAILS to Behavioral Health: Translating Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) | $353,289
- TRAILS aims increase access to evidence-based mental health practices by training school professionals in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. TRAILS has two phases: (1) development of a statewide coaching infrastructure, drawing on existing community-based mental health providers to serve as local coaches; and (2) clinical training to school professionals in every county in Michigan, followed by assignment of a local coach to each participating school.
- Area served: Statewide
The Ruth Ellis Center, Ruth Ellis Integrated Health & Wellness Center | $261,132
- This grant supports the continued development of an integrated primary and behavioral health center co-located within a comprehensive drop-in center for homeless, runaway, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. It also includes training for integrated care organizations and providers focused on LGBTQ-competent care, including harm reduction and trauma-informed care principles and communication skills.
- Area served: Metro Detroit
Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Integrating Michigan’s U.P Behavioral Health & Primary Care Services | $438,562
- The project will combine resources of two organizations to provide comprehensive care to individuals in need of substance use treatment. Funding will support new service delivery, training, education, and medical leadership development to create fully integrated health home services and increase the number of addiction-trained physicians in the Upper Peninsula.
- Area served: Marquette and Houghton counties
Wayne State University, High Touch – High Tech (HT2) | $499,502
- The project will increase diagnosis and integrate treatment services for pregnant women struggling with addiction and depression. The project combines interactive mobile technology with infant mental health specialists within two prenatal practices in northern Michigan.
- Area served: Grayling and Alpena
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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund today announced the hire of Hayley Roberts as communications officer. Roberts brings 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and policy advocacy to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, which works to improve the health of Michigan children and senior residents and reduce the cost of health care.
In her new role, Roberts will be responsible for growing the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s public presence and helping advance the Fund’s priority initiatives. As communications officer, she will be responsible for designing and implementing the Fund’s strategic communications as well as developing storytelling partnerships with grantee organizations.
“Hayley is an ideal addition to our team,” said Paul Hillegonds, CEO of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “Her diverse knowledge and background in nonprofit communications and her experience across traditional and digital media will ensure we are communicating effectively with our partners as well as the public.”
Roberts most recently served as the deputy director of Metro Matters, formerly the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, where she provided organizational leadership and helped set strategic direction. In her role, she oversaw branding and communications, managed programs, and supported development efforts across issues including transportation, municipal finance reform, civic engagement, and sustainability. Roberts also directed communications on behalf of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, a spin-off organization of Metro Matters.
Prior to Metro Matters, Roberts worked in web usability and accessibility as well as agency public relations. She has a Masters in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.
For additional information on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, please visit healthendowmentfund.org.
Grant round will focus on assisting local non-profits in improving the health of children and seniors in their communities
LANSING, Mich. – Recently, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) awarded nearly $2 million through the Local Impact Grants Program to 27 non-profit organizations across the state. The funds are assisting local communities improve the health and wellness of children and senior residents which in turn will help reduce the cost of health care.
Non-profit organizations across the state were invited to apply for the Local Impact Grants through the Fund’s Fall 2015 grant application process. The grant requests were awarded to organizations focused on areas such as: wellness and fitness programs; healthy food access; behavioral health services; health-related transportation services; foster and adopted children health services; and technology enhancements.
Family Futures was granted $100,000 to expand Connections, a program that would include partnering with three additional foster care agency providers. The goal is to ensure more Kent County children under five in foster care have access to regular developmental and social-emotional screening. Additionally, it will create a circle of support; provide appropriate referrals; parent coaching and data tracking/analysis; support the new statewide trauma care support and screening efforts; and implement a Foster Care Liaison.
Greater Flint Health Coalition was awarded $97,500 to implement the Commit to Fit and Prescription for Health Programs through its various partners to combat health consequences of sedentary lifestyles and obesity for people in Flint and Genesee County. Through this effort, residents will be provided with disease-specific activity plans and linkages to community-based physical activity, health maintenance, and wellness resources such as opportunities to practice physical activity in safe, affordable locations. Additionally, the project will incorporate a nutrition education component for
at-risk Flint children and their families to provide them with nutrition and lead education, lead mitigating recipes, access to healthy food and support with securing food assistance resources in Genesee County such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Double-Up Food Bucks. Other awards range from $11K to $100K. (A detailed list of grant recipients is included at the conclusion of the release and online.)
“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is proud to invest in organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and seniors in our communities,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We’re excited to collaborate with such a variety of community and non-profit organizations as they harness these grants to enhance their programs and services.”
Most of the grants awarded will be for a one-year period, and in some cases a two-year duration.
“We are pleased to partner with these local organizations who are doing great work to impact the health of their communities,” said Paul Hillegonds, chief executive officer of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
The Fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a non-profit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2014; $8.5 million awarded in December of 2015 to 29 Michigan community health foundations; and an additional $4.2 million to the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards earlier this year.
For more information on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, please visit healthendowmentfund.org.
2016/2017 Grant Recipients
|Organization Name||Project Summary||Award Duration||Region||Award Amount|
|Adoption Option Inc.||Provide funding for gaps in medical expenses for foster and adopted children.||Two Years||15 counties in the Great Lakes Bay Region||$125,000|
|Allen Neighborhood Center||Expansion of Market Walk and Market Moves programs for adults and seniors.||Two Years||Lansing||$55,000|
|Bay County Health Dept.||Integration behavioral health into existing clinic.||Two Years||Bay County||$94,900|
|Bridging Communities||Non-emergency medical transportation for seniors in Detroit.||One Year||Detroit||$38,000|
|Cadillac YMCA||Enhancement of “youth fit” program.||One Year||Cadillac||$69,408|
|Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation||Non-emergency medical transportation for people in Charlevoix and Antrim counties||One Year||Charlevoix & Antrim Counties||$50,000|
|Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan||Grant to support the already-existing Day One program which supports at-risk families (children).||One Year||Northeast Michigan/Alpena||$90,000|
|Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out||Childhood obesity in Detroit schools – yoga, wellness and fitness, nutrition education.||Nine Months||Detroit||$100,000|
|Deaf, Inc. dba Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services||Support of ADAPT Program that provides 39 hearing devices for approximately 20 seniors in Kent County.||One Year||Kent County||$75,000|
|Detroit Food Policy Council||Development of five Youth Peer Leaders||One Year||Detroit||$30,000|
|District Health Department No. 10 (Cadillac Area)||Reduce barriers to accessing health foods in Kalkaska and Manistee counties.||One Year||Kalkaska & Manistee Counties||$100,000|
|Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan||Support Progress Toward Wellness Program that focuses on support of adults/seniors with epilepsy toward wellness goals.||One Year||Michigan||$65,000|
|Evangelical Homes of MI||Implement Fall Proof! evidence based fall prevention program in two senior facilities in Detroit.||One Year||Detroit||$11,000|
|Family Futures||Support Connections program in Kent County. Connections serves foster children and focuses on developmental and social screening as well as ongoing support for caregivers.||Two Years||Kent County||$100,000|
|First Steps Kent||Support of Welcome Home Baby Gateway Transition home visiting.||One Year||Kent County||$50,000|
|Greater Flint Health Coalition||Prescription for Health and Commit to Fit Program.||One Year||Flint & Genesee County||$97,500|
|Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services||Project is focused on nutritional and wellness behaviors of children with serious emotional disturbances and intellectual/developmental disabilities.||One Year||Kalamazoo County||$100,000|
|Keep Growing Detroit||Support of “Fresh Detroit” garden resource and education program.||One Year||Detroit||$50,000|
|LAHC – Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities||Expansion of current “Healthy Living” program in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Detroit to include 5th grade students.||One Year||Dearborn, Dearborn Heights & Detroit||$50,000|
|Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly||Non-emergency medical transportation for seniors in the rural Upper Peninsula.||Two Years||UP||$46,179|
|Midland County Cancer Society, Inc.||Provide a multitude of support services to cancer patients and their caregivers/family. Expansion of service area.||Two Years||Midland County||$100,000|
|RSVP of Ingham, Eaton & Clinton County||Establish a senior-youth “Bridge to Wellness” center at their Elmhurst location in Lansing to provide cost=free wellness and fitness programs.||One Year||Elmhurst/Ingham County||$75,000|
|Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care||Support for their “Site to Sight” program which involves mobile eye-are (including comprehensive eye exams, prescription lenses and in-office surgical procedures.||One Year||Saginaw||$11,000|
|St. Patrick Senior Center||Non-emergency medical transportation for seniors (55+) living in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck.||One Year||Detroit, Highland Park & Hamtramck||$95,851|
|Superior Alliance for Independent Living||Funding to support the Single Point for Activities and Recreation (SPAR) program for individuals of all abilities aged fourteen and older in the Western Upper Peninsula (U.P.) counties.||One Year||Western UP Counties||$75,000|
|Van Buren Intermediate School District||Support to add SPARK curriculum to the current Project LEAN program.||One Year||Van Buren||$100,000|
|The Village of Hillside and Perry Farm Village||Non-emergency medical transportation for seniors in Emmet County.||18 Months||Emmet County||$100,000|
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Grant round will focus on addressing behavioral health needs, reducing infant mortality and improving health services of foster, adopted children
LANSING, Mich. – Improving the quality of life for Michigan’s children and seniors is the focus of up to $8 million in grants announced by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) today.
Nearly $5 million of the new grant dollars – approved by the MHEF Board of Directors on March 24, 2016 – will be available for application by Michigan non-profit organizations and public agencies working to improve behavioral health, with an emphasis on children and older adults. An additional $3 million will be available for the Community Health Impact responsive grant program addressing MHEF’s overall mission and eight focus areas.
“The Michigan Health Endowment Board is committed to investing in programs that support our most vulnerable residents, children and seniors,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We’re looking forward to working with organizations helping to make a positive and meaningful difference in advancing the health and wellness of Michigan residents and communities across our state.”
“Behavioral health is a key component of overall health and wellness,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “Our hope is that these grants will contribute to the accessibility and quality of mental health services while reducing barriers to integrated care and service delivery. Our other grant program will help support our broad-based initiatives as well as help us target areas like infant mortality and foster and adopted children health services.”
Respondents have until Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5p.m. to submit applications for consideration. Grant awards will be announced on July 28, 2016.
Created in 2013, the mission of the MHEF is to improve and make a significant and measurable impact on improving the health of Michigan residents, with a special emphasis on health and wellness of children and seniors. The MHEF recently launched their five-year comprehensive strategic plan (2016-2020) focusing on important issues where the Fund can achieve a lasting impact. Although the Fund will continue to focus on grantmaking, it will leverage the impact of the grants to share knowledge, convene and engage various stakeholders, and inform public policy on health in Michigan.
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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund today announced the hire of Kari Sederburg as senior program officer. Sederburg has more than 10 years of experience in advocacy, communications, policy development and administration. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health of Michigan children and senior residents and reduce the cost of health care. She will begin on April 11, 2016.
In her new role, Sederburg will be responsible for working on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s grant making initiatives with a primary focus on healthy aging. As senior program officer, she will be responsible for designing and implementing the Fund’s strategic grant programs, overseeing grant activities and developing statewide partnerships with organizations aligned with the Fund’s mission.
“We’re thrilled to have Kari join our team,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “Her diverse knowledge and background related to health policy and focus on improving the health and well-being of older adults directly aligns with our mission.”
Sederburg comes to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) where she served as executive director for the Aging and Adult Services Agency. In her role, she served as the chief advocate for more than 2 million older Michigan adults, advising the executive and legislative branches of government on policies to help adults access supportive services needed. She also directed more than $100 million in federal and state funding for aging programs across the state. Prior to the MDHHS, she served as director of the Office of Services of the Aging as well as the director of public policy for the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
Sederburg has been and is currently involved with multiple organizations and boards, serving on the Michigan Health Council; serving as a board member on The Kitten Nursery; and is an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the College of Health Professions at Ferris State University. She has a Masters of Public Administration from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ferris State University.
For additional information on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, please visit healthendowmentfund.org.
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.
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund today announced the hire of Becky Cienki as Senior Program Officer. Cienki has nearly 20 years of experience in public health, both at a local and state level. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health of Michigan children and senior residents and reduce the cost of health care.
In her new role, Cienki will be responsible for working on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s grant making initiatives with a primary focus on mental health initiatives. As Senior Program Officer, she will be responsible for designing and implementing the Funds strategic grant programs, overseeing grant activities and developing statewide partnerships with organizations aligned with the Fund’s mission.
“Becky is the perfect addition to our team,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “Her diverse knowledge and background related to health policy, improving integration of mental health and primary care services, program management and health improvement for Michigan’s most vulnerable communities will benefit Health Endowment Fund grantees.”
Cienki most recently served as the chief operating officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) where she provided organizational leadership and set strategic direction for the association, representing Michigan’s 40 community health center organizations. In her role, she was responsible for developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key administrators, trade associations, and community partners to advocate MPCA’s position and strategic objectives. Cienki also was responsible for overseeing the programmatic activities of the association and directing the development and administration of grants and contracts. Prior to MPCA, she served as a health educator with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department and as a Drug Elimination Program Coordinator for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Cienki is currently involved with several organizations and boards, serving on the Michigan Behavioral Health Advisory Council; serving as advisory board member and faculty to the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work’s Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate Program; and is active with the Children’s Special Health Care Advisory. Additionally, Cienki served as a board member and chair of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition. She has a Masters in Public Health, Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise and Health Services from Alma College.
For additional information on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, please visit healthendowmentfund.org.
About the 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.
DETROIT, Mich. – The Food Bank Council of Michigan is celebrating a successful first year of its Michigan Food Bank Access to Nutrition (MIFBAN) program, a significant first step in its efforts to make Michigan a food-secure state by increasing access to food in all 83 counties.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan received a $5 million grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2014 to support the initiative for two years, through October 2016. That crucial funding helped to establish the MIFBAN program’s goal to improve access, and encourage low-income residents in Michigan to eat healthier. The program is focused on seniors and children. MIFBAN collaborates with local food banks to coordinate the purchase of fresh produce that is then distributed to 129 mobile sites (surpassing the original goal of 66), including direct service to schools, senior centers and other areas that suffer from high rates of food insecurity, being without reliable access to a sufficient amount of food.
“We are very proud of the number of people we have been able to reach in the first year of the MIFBAN program,” said Phillip Knight, executive director of Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Improving the quality of health in Michigan begins with the food we eat. MIFBAN’s mobile sites successfully span across 655 zip codes in Michigan and distribute locally grown produce.”
Since the implementation of the program, MIFBAN has also provided nutrition education to more than 10,600 people monthly. In addition, more than 3,400 seniors and more than 4,400 youth have received nutrition education each month. Another aspect of the program is providing cooking demonstrations, taste tests and recipe cards to help people make the connection between nutrition, the preparation of nutritious meals and the benefits of practicing healthy eating habits.
“We are proud to support The Food Bank Council of Michigan and the positive impact they are having on the health of Michigan’s seniors and children,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “The MIFBAN is increasing access to healthier food and reducing the risk of chronic disease for thousands of Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens.”
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 in 2014 with an additional $8.5 million awarded in December to 29 Michigan community health foundations.
Additional information can be found at the Food Bank Council of Michigan website at fbcmich.org.
About the Food Bank Council of Michigan
The Food Bank Council of Michigan’s mission is to create a food secure state through advocacy, resource management, and collaboration among stakeholders and Michigan’s unified food bank network. FBCM works with its seven regional food banks and more than 3,000 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials and other allies to make sure Michigan residents don’t go hungry. For more information, visit fbcmich.org or call 517-485-1202.
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund today awarded more than $8.5 million to 29 community foundations across the state, making it the Fund’s second largest distribution of funds to improve the quality of health for Michigan’s children and seniors.
More than 30 community foundations across the state applied for funding through the Fund’s fall 2015 grant application process. Grant requests focused on areas such as: prenatal care and infant mortality; health services to support adopted and fostered children; healthy food access; wellness and fitness programs; access to mental health services; technology enhancements; health-related transportation needs; access to care/integrated care; and teen pregnancy prevention.
The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan was granted $2.5 million to mitigate food insecurity through their Healthy Food Connect initiative, which includes partnerships with Fair Food Network and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. The goal is to increase access to healthy food, improve the quantity of food purchased/consumed, and ensure children and seniors receive healthy food education/training.
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation was awarded $829,500 to provide access to mental health care for youth, and especially at-risk youth through a partnership with the Kent School Services Network. The program will focus on access to mental health services, technology enhancements and health services for runaway and homeless youth, foster and adopted children living in poverty and other at-risk youth. Other awards ranged from $25K to $315K. (A complete list of grant recipients is listed following this release.)
“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund board is proud to support a variety of very successful programs already positively impacting the health of Michigan’s children and senior residents as a result of its first grant funding effort,” said Rob Fowler, MHEF board chairman. “We look forward to building additional relationships with Michigan’s community foundations and other non-profit organizations as they continue focusing their work to improve the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.”
Community foundations were eligible to apply for grants in support of programs to improve the health of minor children and seniors in their regions. Those foundations receiving funding, in turn, now have the ability to offer their affiliate foundations or smaller community organizations the opportunity to seek grants that support similar programs.
“We are excited to collaborate this year with community foundations on projects that seek to enhance the well-being of Michigan’s children and seniors in their local communities,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
Community-based, non-profit organizations also were invited to apply directly to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund under a separate grant program for up to $2 million in grants to support programs related to children and seniors. An announcement related to those requests is expected in March of 2016.
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.
Additional information can be found at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund website at mhealthfund.com.
2015/2016 Grant Recipients
- Allegan County Community Foundation
- Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
- Barry Community Foundation
- Battle Creek Community Foundation
- Bay Area Community Foundation
- Berrien Community Foundation
- Charlevoix County Community Foundation
- Dickinson Area Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Greater Flint
- Fremont Area Community Foundation
- Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
- Grand Traverse Community Foundation
- Huron County Community Foundation
- Jackson Community Foundation
- Kalamazoo Community Foundation
- Lapeer County Community Foundation
- Lenawee Community Foundation
- M&M Area Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Marquette County
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Monroe County
- Pleasant Area Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Muskegon County
- Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan
- Roscommon County Community Foundation
- Saginaw Community Foundation
- Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) focused a portion of its 2015 grant making efforts on helping local organizations improve the health of their communities through the Local Impact Grants program. Through these grants, local nonprofits are able to continue improving the health of children and senior residents in their communities.
MHEF Board of Directors vetted letters of inquiry and recently announced invitations to submit a formal application. The MHEF will be awarding 20 to 30 grants with an average grant size of $75,000. Most of the grants awarded, which will be announced in March 2016, will be for a one-year period, but in some cases a two-year period. For those two-year selected grants, the amount provided would be used over two years.
Congratulations to the following organizations who were selected to apply for this year’s grants:
- Adoption Option Inc.
- Allen Neighborhood Center
- Bay County Health Department
- Bridging Communities, Inc.
- Cadillac YMCA
- Cancer Services of Midland County
- Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation
- Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation
- Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan
- Danielle Karmanos’ Work It Out
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
- Detroit Food Policy Council
- District Health Department No. 10
- Eden Manor
- Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
- Family Futures
- First Steps Kent
- Greater Flint Health Coalition
- Growth Works, Inc.
- Kalamazoo county Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Keep Growing Detroit
- Lebanese American Heritage Club
- Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
- Metro Solutions
- RSVP of Ingham, Eaton & Clinton County
- Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care
- Patrick Senior Center
- Superior Alliance for Independent Living
- Van Buren Intermediate School District
- The Village of Hillside and Perry Farm Village
This year’s grant application process is now closed. Please visit our website for future grant opportunities. Additional information on the most recent Local Impact Grants process is included here.