In Michigan, grant funding for 41 projects across the state equals a total of $1,163,000 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness to deliver health services as sponsored by Health Innovation Grants. The grants are administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) www.michigan.gov/mdhhs.
Grant projects address issues such as chronic disease, health transportation, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, health disparities in children, dental care, plus much more. The majority of applicants provide matching funds to increase their potential for a grant award. The projects reported a total matching amount of $2,074,000 for a total of $3,237,000 in the state of Michigan.
In addition, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan www.bcbs.com and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation www.bcbsm.com/foundation have provided $1.2 million to go to 52 Safety Net Health Clinics to help increase access to care for uninsured residents in the state. The program provides free or low cost medical and dental treatment for uninsured, underinsured, and newly insured Michigan residents.
The Foundation and Blue Cross awarded $400,000 to four safety net providers:
- The McAuley Health Center in Detroit http://healthprofessions.udmercy.edu/mcauley-health-center for $100,000 to support an innovative nurse managed specialty program using a monthly clinic to address dermatology, endocrinology, and podiatry
- The Wellness Plan Medical Centers in Detroit www.wellplan.com received $100,000 to bring specialty services to patients in primary care clinics
- The Isabella Citizens for Health in Mount Pleasant www.isabellahealth.org received $100,000 to use a nurse case manager to work with underserved patients to oversee the referral process to local hospitals
- The Family Medical Center of Michigan in Temperance www.familymedicalmi.org received $100,000 to help increase community programs
www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Health_Innovation_Grant_Awardees_FY16_503854_pdf lists 41 award winners.