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Michigan Organizations Receive More Than $470,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan

The grants awarded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation are as diverse and unique as the people they’re intended to help – people recovering from substance use disorder, people living with dementia, their caregivers and the most vulnerable among us – premature and medically-fragile infants, to name a few.

What the $474,360 in grants being awarded have in common is the support they’ll provide numerous research and community programs that identify and address critical issues affecting the health of Michigan residents.

“We’re proud to work with individuals and organizations advocating for affordable, quality health care in their communities,” said Audrey Harvey, vice president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “This grant funding will support programs and research that touch everything from infant care to senior health, among many other topics and health needs.”

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

  • 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 an average of $50,000 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 improve the cost, quality and access to health care. The funding encompasses the state, from Metro Detroit 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:

Community Health Matching Program                                          Total funding: $267,200


Michigan State University
An Evaluation of the C.L.I.M.B. Pilot Program for Opioid Use Disorder


Alzheimer’s Association
Providing Exercise and Education for Sufferers of Dementia (Dyads) and Caregivers


Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Interventions and Prevention Services to Isolated, At-Risk Seniors Before A Mental Health Crisis Develops


Monroe County Opportunity Program
Healthcare Utilization of The Low-Income and Homeless Populations of Monroe County


Community enCompass
Addressing Poor Eating Habits That Lead to Community-Wide Health Risks


Wayne State University
Preventing Falls Among Seniors


Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Inc
Protecting Children from Housing-Based Asthma Triggers
Physician Investigator Program                                                         Total funding: $37,160


Wayne State University
Systemic Steroids in the Emergency Department Management of Mild to Moderate Pediatric Asthma


University of Michigan
Enhanced Medication Education Before and After Discharge in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease


University of Michigan
Analyzing Nationwide Management Practices among Patients with Herpes Simplex Keratitis and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus


Henry Ford Health System
Accelerated Critical Therapy Now (ACT NOW) in the Emergency Department: The Effects of Early Critical Care Consultation for Intensive Care Unit Boarders
Investigator-Initiated Program                                                         Total funding: $170,000


University of Michigan
Statewide Approaches to Hospital Drug Shortages


Calvin College
A strategy to Improve Access to Quality Reproductive Health and Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies


Grand Valley State University
Providing Care for Premature and Medically-Fragile Infants


BCBSM Foundation Grant Map

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. In 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan received the J.D. Power Award for “Highest Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans in Michigan.”  For more company information, visit and

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