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Many health experts make the case that it impossible to tackle health issues without also addressing behavioral health. For both children and seniors, barriers to detection and treatment of behavioral health issues can include a lack of available specialists, insurance restrictions, uncoordinated delivery of services, and stigma. Giving the overwhelming need, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is dedicated to working to address workforce capacity issues and enhance integration models designed to improve prevention, screening and treatment of behavioral health among children and seniors.
Michigan is one of ten states with the highest concentration of people aged 50 and older. Because of this our state faces a significant challenge in promoting the importance of healthy aging and addressing the growing health needs of seniors throughout Michigan. Unmet care needs for this population are substantial, especially among those aging adults with limited economic resources. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund believes it can play an important role in enhancing workforce capacity and expanding cost-effective models that integrate services and support seniors in their community.
Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and childhood obesity are major concerns in communities across Michigan. Research shows obese children are more likely to be at risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, depression, and other health problems. Recognizing the significant health obstacles facing Michigan’s children, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is working to help leverage and coordinate efforts to enable children throughout the state grow up to be healthy adults.
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s responsive grantmaking is to allow for meaningful investment to respond to important community needs where one-time grants could leverage long-term impact, and to be opportunistic in responding to important health issues within Michigan. Responsive grants will align with the Health Fund’s overall mission, and priority will be given to grant requests that address at least one of the following:
|Health Services for Foster and Adopted Children|
|Wellness and Fitness Programs|
|Access to Healthy Food|
|Behavioral Health Services|
|Health-related Transportation Services|
|Foodborne Illness Prevention|