Michigan Organizations Receive More Than $1,000,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan

Michigan Organizations Receive More Than $1,000,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan

DETROIT, Feb. 6, 2017The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is awarding a total of $1,085,160 to support research and community programs that identify and address critical issues affecting the health of Michigan residents.

“These grants will support a wide range of projects that organizations and individuals are working on to improve health care in terms of quality, cost and access,” said Audrey Harvey, vice president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “We look forward to seeing how their work impacts the community and inspires other organizations to replicate their efforts.”

The grants offered by the Blue Cross Foundation are categorized to allow for a variety of applicants and ideas, including:

  • Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses Initiative: With a shared mission of ending the opioid epidemic in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, The Michigan Health Endowment Fund, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and The Superior Health Foundation are jointly allocating $570,400 to provide one-time grants to begin new projects or enhance or expand existing projects aimed at reducing opioid and prescription drug abuse and harm.
  • 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 conduct pilot projects and/or small research studies to address unmet health needs to improve the delivery and quality of patient care.
  • Investigator Initiated Research Award Programs: This program provides researchers employed by universities and hospitals up to $75,000 in grants. The expectation is that that the funding will support getting the researcher’s work published to share among other Michigan researchers and medical professionals to improve the cost and quality of care for Michigan residents.

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:

Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses Initiative                                                                                                                                        Total funding: $570,400

Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities                                                                            Oakland County

Increasing Resources to Reduce Overdoses/Overdose Deaths in Oakland County Through Distribution of Narcan, Programming and Prescription Drug Disposal Opportunities


SAFE in Northern Michigan                                                                    Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties

Decrease Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Among Youth Through Collaboration, Education, Prevention and Social Environment Changes


Families Against Narcotics                                                                                                                Macomb County

Provide Support for Those with Opioid Addiction to Connect to Treatment and Provide Training in Administrating Naloxone, Using Evidence-Based ANGEL Initiative


Community CompStat AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project                                                              Wayne County

Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths in Detroit by Training “Citizen First Responders” to Overdose Situations and Administer Naloxone


Calhoun County Opioid Coalition                                                                                                     Calhoun County

Community Education and Creation of an Opioid Coalition Dashboard and Resource Network to Disseminate Information on Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Social Services


UP Coalition                                                                                                                   14 Upper Peninsula Counties

Decreasing Opioid Addiction in UP Communities through Education and Evidence-Based “Communities That Care” Model to Lower Opioid Prescriptions Filled, Promote Treatment and Increase Membership in Prevention Coalitions


UP North Prevention Physician and Community Partnership                                                Seven Upper Peninsula Counties

The Collaboration of Four Substance Abuse Coalitions to Address the Opioid Epidemic through a Variety of Evidence-Based Programs Including Sustained Provider Prescribing Behavior, reducing per Capita Opioid Prescribing and Increasing Pharmacy Take-Back Sites


Ottawa County Prescription Drug and Opiate Taskforce                                                               Ottawa County

Prescription Drug and Opiate Misuse Education and Creation of an Opiate Misuse Reduction Project


Ingham Opioid Abuse and Prevention Initiative                                                                             Ingham County

An Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Response to Substance Abuse and Drug Offending

Community Health Matching Program                                                                                  Total funding: $616,912

Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation                                Detroit (Wayne County)

Be Bright! Move and Eat Right!



Family Futures                                                                                                                Grand Rapids (Kent County)

The Impact of Parental Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Score on Child Development


Jackson County Health Department                                                                                Jackson (Jackson County)

Teen Outreach Program Expansion


Holland Free Health Clinic                                                                                                 Holland (Ottawa County)

Diabetes/Prediabetes Care & Education


Samaritas                                                                                                                                Detroit (Wayne County)

Multidisciplinary Health Clinic


Portage Health Foundation                                                                                       Houghton (Houghton County)

Upper Peninsula Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health RFP

Physician Investigator Program                                                                                                 Total funding: $79,698

University of Michigan Department of Surgery                                                Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Common General Surgery Procedures


University of Michigan Health System                                                                Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Understanding the Relationship Between Medicare’s Readmission Reduction Program and 30-day Readmissions Among Patients in Michigan with Private Insurance



University of Michigan Department of Surgery                                                Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Hot Spotting in Surgical Populations



University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine                              Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Diagnostic Error and Antibiotic Use in Patients Hospitalized with Presumed Pneumonia


University of Michigan Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation       Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Variation in 90-Day Episodes of Myocardial Infarction


University of Michigan Medical Center                                                              Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Assessing the Prevalence of Impact of Prescription Opioid Use Among Patients with Chronic Liver Disease


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital                                                                                     Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Should Urinalysis be Included in the Evaluation of Elderly People Who Fall?


Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine                                     Detroit (Wayne County)

Prospective Analysis on the Progression of Subclinical Hypertensive Heart Disease


Wayne State University, Psychiatric and Behavioral Neuroscience Department      Detroit (Wayne County)

Improving of Emotional Well-Being by way of Alternative Therapies for Refugees


University of Michigan Division of Rheumatology                                            Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Use of Physical Activity Tracker to Measure Physical Activity for Systemic Sclerosis Patients


Hurley Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program                                    Flint (Genesee County)

Improving Chronic Prescription of Opiates in a Community Hospital’s Adult Internal Medicine Clinic


University of Michigan Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology            Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Medicaid Expenditures and Health Service Utilization Among Childbearing Women with Chronic Conditions


Henry Ford Health System, Department of Family Medicine                                        Detroit (Wayne County)

Caring for Transgender Patients in the Emergency Department: The Physicians’ Perspective

Investigator-Initiated Program                                                                                                Total funding: $157,000

University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health            Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Evaluation of a Comprehensive Neighborhood Based Community Health Worker (CHW) Led Program for Medicaid Enrollees in Detroit


University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Pathology               Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County)

Identifying Patients at Increased Risk of Hereditary Cancer Using InheRET


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.