Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Awards More Than $760,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan
DETROIT, Oct. 25, 2016— The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation recently awarded more than $760,000 to support research and community programs that identify and address critical issues affecting the health of Michigan residents.
“Our 36-year history of grant funding has resulted in enhancements to the quality of care and improved patient safety and access to care for the people of Michigan,” said Audrey Harvey, vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and executive director and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “We are proud to support researchers, doctors and organizations across the state as they work to find solutions for health needs in their communities.”
The grants offered by the Blue Cross Foundation are categorized to allow for a wide range of applicants and ideas:
- Community Health Matching Program: Three 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.
- Integrated Care Program: Six grants were awarded to Michigan-based safety net providers that serve the uninsured and underinsured and will use these grants to integrate behavioral health services like mental health and substance abuse services, into a primary care setting.
- Investigator Initiated Programs: Four Michigan researchers will use these grants to turn theory into data, and data into knowledge. These grantees often go on to be published in scholarly journals, academic circles and community platforms that inform and shape future thought and improvement.
- Physician Investigator Research Award Program: Four Michigan physicians will use these grants to support their studies to address unmet health needs and unsatisfactory medical practices to improve the delivery and quality of patient care.
- Student Award Program: Forty-two Michigan students will receive these grants in recognition of their work to create effective and efficient solutions to the many health issues that people contend with every day.
The Blue Cross Foundation gives nearly $2 million each year in grants to research quality, cost and access to health care. The funding spans the state, from the metro-Detroit area to the communities of the Upper Peninsula.
An overview of the recipients of the BCBSM Foundation grants is below:
Community Health Matching Program Total funding: $124,000
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Integrating Health and Housing Models with Medicaid Reimbursement
Mariners Inn Integrated Care Program
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA)
Building Capacity for Community Health Worker Curriculum Instruction
Integrated Care Program Total funding: $535,000
Note: Funding for the integrated care program is a result of a unique partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Ethal and James Finn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Of the total funding, $200,000 was provided by the BCBSM Foundation.
Mackinac Straits Health System
Integrated Stabilization Recovery Program
InterCare Community Health Network
MAT Care Coordination in an Integrated Primary Care Setting
Baldwin Family Health Center
Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes in Behavioral Health Patients through Improvements in Medication Counseling
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Foundation
Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Program
Covenant Community Care Inc.
Covenant Health Home Program
Catherine’s Health Center and Health Intervention Services Grand Rapids Integrated Care Collaborative Serving Vulnerable Populations in an Urban Setting
Investigator Initiated Program Total funding: $277,418
Oakland University School of Health Sciences
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Identification of and Treatment for Depression Among Arab, Asian, Black, Hispanic and White Patients
University of Michigan College of Engineering
Prosthetic Sockets for Transtibial Amputees with Heterotopic Ossification
Wayne State University College of Nursing
Pilot Testing an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Pregnant Black Women
Wayne State University Department of Internal Medicine
Effect of Smoking Cessation on the Activity of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Physician Investigator Initiated Program Total funding: $39,998
University of Michigan Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
What Matters Most? Identifying Key Elements of a Home-Based Palliative Program in Michigan
William Beaumont Research Institute Internal Medicine
Text Messaging to Promote Healthy Lifestyle Change and Weight Loss: Does the Addiction of Text Messaging Enhance Weight Loss in a Medically-Supervised Group Program
University of Michigan Department of Neurosurgery
Evaluating Quantitative Pupillometry in Athletes as a Biomarker of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine
Exploring Women’s Acceptance and Priorities for Components of a Contraception Intervention in the Emergency Department: A Mixed Methods Study
Student Award Program Total Funding: $126,000, Funding per student: $3,000
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological Institute
University of Detroit Mercy
Wayne State University (cont.)
Western Michigan University
University of Michigan
Wayne State University
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