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

by Brianna Neace

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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
$70,000 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
$65,000 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
$75,000 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
$70,000 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
$70,000 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
$52,500 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
$70,000 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
$27,900 Ottawa County Prescription Drug and Opiate Taskforce Ottawa County Prescription Drug and Opiate Misuse Education and Creation of an Opiate Misuse Reduction Project
$70,000 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
$20,000 Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation Detroit (Wayne County) Be Bright! Move and Eat Right!
$50,000   Family Futures Grand Rapids (Kent County) The Impact of Parental Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Score on Child Development
$50,000 Jackson County Health Department Jackson (Jackson County) Teen Outreach Program Expansion
$50,000 Holland Free Health Clinic Holland (Ottawa County) Diabetes/Prediabetes Care & Education
$50,000 Samaritas Detroit (Wayne County) Multidisciplinary Health Clinic
$50,000 Portage Health Foundation Houghton (Houghton County) Upper Peninsula Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health RFP
Physician Investigator Program Total funding: $79,698
$10,000 University of Michigan Department of Surgery Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Common General Surgery Procedures
$10,000 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
$10,000   University of Michigan Department of Surgery Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Hot Spotting in Surgical Populations
$10,000   University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Diagnostic Error and Antibiotic Use in Patients Hospitalized with Presumed Pneumonia
$10,000 University of Michigan Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Variation in 90-Day Episodes of Myocardial Infarction
$10,000 University of Michigan Medical Center Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Assessing the Prevalence of Impact of Prescription Opioid Use Among Patients with Chronic Liver Disease
$9,985 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Should Urinalysis be Included in the Evaluation of Elderly People Who Fall?
$10,000 Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine Detroit (Wayne County) Prospective Analysis on the Progression of Subclinical Hypertensive Heart Disease
$10,000 Wayne State University, Psychiatric and Behavioral Neuroscience Department Detroit (Wayne County) Improving of Emotional Well-Being by way of Alternative Therapies for Refugees
$10,000 University of Michigan Division of Rheumatology Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Use of Physical Activity Tracker to Measure Physical Activity for Systemic Sclerosis Patients
$10,000 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
$10,000 University of Michigan Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) Medicaid Expenditures and Health Service Utilization Among Childbearing Women with Chronic Conditions
$8,030 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
$75,000 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
$74,954 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 and

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