Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Awards More Than $760,000 in Grants to Improve Health Care in Michigan  

by Meghan O'Brien

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DETROIT, Oct. 25, 2016The 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
$50,000 Corporation for Supportive Housing Integrating Health and Housing Models with Medicaid Reimbursement
$24,400 Mariners Inn Mariners Inn Integrated Care Program
$50,000 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.
$75,000 Mackinac Straits Health System Integrated Stabilization Recovery Program
$75,000 InterCare Community Health Network MAT Care Coordination in an Integrated Primary Care Setting
$96,250 Baldwin Family Health Center Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes in Behavioral Health Patients through Improvements in Medication Counseling
$96,250 Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Foundation Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Program
$96,250 Covenant Community Care Inc. Covenant Health Home Program
$96,250 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
$64,000 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
$75,000 University of Michigan College of Engineering Prosthetic Sockets for Transtibial Amputees with Heterotopic Ossification
$63,418 Wayne State University College of Nursing Pilot Testing an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Pregnant Black Women
$75,000 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
$10,000 University of Michigan Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Program What Matters Most? Identifying Key Elements of a Home-Based Palliative Program in Michigan
$9,998 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
$10,000 University of Michigan Department of Neurosurgery Evaluating Quantitative Pupillometry in Athletes as a Biomarker of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
$10,000 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
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