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Local Organizations Receive More Than $700,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan

DETROIT, August 16, 2017— The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation awarded a total of $722,000 to support research and community programs that identify and address critical issues affecting the health of Michigan residents.

“We’re looking forward to supporting more than 50 organizations and individuals across the state who are working diligently to expand health research and improve the quality of care available to Michigan residents,” 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:

  • Advancing Medication Adherence in Michigan Programs: These grants support initiatives that improve the overall wellness and health status of uninsured, underinsured, low-income and vulnerable people with chronic diseases, while lowering health care costs, by helping patients manage and adhere to their medications. Two hundred thousand has been dedicated by the BCBSM Foundation and $100,000 by BCBSM’s Social Mission Department.
  • 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 support pilot projects and/or small research studies to address unmet health needs to improve the delivery and quality of patient care.
  • Student Award Programs: The Student-Award Program is available to medical and doctoral students enrolled in Michigan universities. This award is a one year, $3,000 grant to support research dissertations.

The BCBSM 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. 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.

An overview of the recipients of the BCBSM Foundation grants is below:

Total funding: $301,550

Advancing Medication Adherence

$15,550
Caro (Tuscola County)

Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems

Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems Medication Compliance Initiative

$70,000
East Jordan (Charlevoix County)

East Jordan Family Health Center
Clinical Pharmacist Counseling and Education Advancing Medication Adherence (CPEC)

$11,000
Grand Haven (Ottawa County)

Love in Action of the Tri-Cities
My Rx Health

$70,000
Inkster (Wayne County)

Western Wayne Family Health Centers

Inkster (Wayne County)

Community Health Workers (CHW), PATH and Medication Adherence Counseling

$70,000
Newberry (Luce County)

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center

Newberry (Luce County)

MyMeds Program

$65,000
Stanton (Montcalm County)

Montcalm Care Network
Pathways to Medication Adherence

Community Health Matching Program Total funding: $249,912
$14,600
Alpena (Alpena County)

North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation Opportunity Center
Be Better Next Year Employee Wellness Program

$35,312
Rochester (Oakland County)

Oakland University School of Nursing
Fall Prevention Exercise Program in Older Arab Americans

$50,000
Detroit (Wayne County)

Community Health and Social Services Center, Inc. (CHASS)
Fresh Prescription

$50,000
Lansing (Ingham County)

The Lansing Congregational Health Network
Greater Lansing Congregational Health Initiative

$50,000
Marquette (Marquette County)

Cedar Tree Institute
The Medicine Wheel Project

$50,000
Marquette (Marquette County)

Superior Health Foundation
Substance Abuse Prevention

Physician Investigator Program Total funding: $59,698
$9,936
Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

University of Michigan
Understanding the Burden of Glaucoma Care Delivery: The Patients’ Perspective

$10,000
Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

University of Michigan
Identifying Best Practices for Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Michigan Community Health Centers

$9,897
Detroit (Wayne County)

Department of Pediatrics – Wayne State University
Bladder Stimulation Technique for Clean Catch Urine Collection in Infants: Assessing Impact on Patients and Providers in a Pediatric Emergency Department

$10,000
Detroit (Wayne County)

Wayne State University
Improving Time to Analgesia in Children with Acute Long Bone Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

$9,865
Detroit (Wayne County)

Wayne State University

The American Academy of Pediatrics BRUE CPG: Evaluation of Patient Outcomes

$10,000
Hancock (Houghton County)

Portage Health Foundation

Prescription for Health

Student Award Programs

Total Funding: $111,000, Funding per student: $3,000

Central Michigan University

  • Merna Abdou, Aortic Stenosis Community Awareness Project
  • Kristin Bartman, Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Rural Primary Care Populations
  • Alexandra Gamber, Michigan Community Assessment of Opioid Awareness and Efficacy of Educational Interventions
  • Maryssa Lyons, Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Rural Primary Care Populations
  • George Matar, Aortic Stenosis Community Awareness Project
  • Joe Zhao, The Impact of Computerized Information Management Systems on Primary Healthcare Information Management

Eastern Michigan University

  • Caitlyn Sorensen-Kowalski, What Do We Know About Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Michigan State University

  • Kimberly Clevenger, Characterizing the Physical Activity Environment in Michigan
  • Michelle Conway, Reliability and Validity of Physical Activity Monitors When Worn During Pregnancy and Post-Partum
  • Amber Cussen, The Effect of Exercise on the Motions and Forces of the Thumb
  • Haben Debessai, Expert Opinions on Access to Healthcare for Immigrants
  • Anne Drolet, A Multi-Dimensional View of Contraception and Teen Pregnancy in Flint Michigan
  • Andrea Kubicki, Expert Opinions on Access to Healthcare for Immigrants in the United States
  • Megan Masten, Opinions on Access to Healthcare for Immigrants
  • Reena Pullukat, Opinions on Access to Healthcare for Immigrants in Michigan
  • Kirsten Salmela, Opinions on Access to Healthcare for Immigrants in Michigan

Oakland University

  • Kade McQuivey, Implementing the Lever Sign in the Emergency Department to Assist in Acute ACL Rupture Diagnosis

University of Michigan

  • Alejandra Arango, The Protective Role of Interpersonal Connectedness in the Prospective Relationship between Bullying Victimization and Youth Suicide Risk

Wayne State University

  • Oluwabunmi Adebayo, Improving Nursing Staff Knowledge of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertensive Patients through an Educational Video Module
  • Nia Billings, Race and Emotion Perception in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Shannon Clark, Acceptability and Feasibility of a Multicomponent Group Intervention to Initiate Health Behavior Change
  • Lana Ruvolo Grasser, Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Syrian Refugee Children Suffering from PTSD Trauma
  • Hannah Holmes, Arab American Women’s Health Study
  • Anum Naseem, Exploring Muslim Women’s Contraception Preferences and Needs
  • Sheri Pegram, Sexual Assault Stigmatization, Secrecy, and Avoidance: Implications for Health-Injurious Processes and Outcomes
  • Jamie Piercy, Twin Gestation and Neuropsychological Outcome in Preterm Born Preschoolers
  • Indrakshi Roy, Effects of The Great Recession on Older U.S. Workers and Their Compensation, Including Fringe Benefits
  • Victoria Sattarova, Measuring Amblyopia Patching Compliance at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Kelly Shakoor, Quality Improvement Project to Increase Venipuncture Best Practice in Patients with Decreased Glomerular Filtration Rat
  • Kinjal Talati, Improving Transition of Care in Diabetic Patients
  • Mohammad Toseef, Effects of MedicaidHMOs on Care Qualityand Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities
  • Areeg Zuair, The Prevalence of Eating Disorders among Female Arab Americans

Western Michigan University

  • Nicole Bradford, Diversity in Community Health: From Entry Level
  • McKenna Corlis, Examining the Effects of Cell Phone Use on Caregiver Supervision and Child Injury Risk
  • Hilary Richardson, Examination of an Internet Program to Improve Discipline Strategies for Parents
  • Lydia Royeen, Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Services in the Primary Care Setting
  • Rosemary Stawasz, The Use of iPad Accessibility Features by Children with Low Vision on Reading Outcomes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.6 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MIBluesPerspectives.com.