Superior Health Foundation 2015 Proactive Grant Focus:  U.P.-Wide Mental Health Initiatives


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NEW: Monday, July 6th 2015

MARQUETTE – Superior Health Foundation releases Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2015 Proactive Grant Focus:  U.P.-Wide Mental Health Initiatives    Click Here for rest of article


May 13th  TV6 News Story:

Mental health the focus of Superior Health Foundation grants:

 In 2014 SHF, in partnership with the six health departments in the Upper Peninsula, launched its campaign to improve oral health for children

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NEW: SHF accepting health-centered grant applications for fall funding cycle

MARQUETTE – MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the fall grant cycle.

SHF, a conversion foundation formed on Sept. 1, 2012 following the sale of Marquette General Foundation to for-profit health system Duke LifePoint, will award more than $320,000 in health-centered grant funding in 2015, with approximately two-thirds of that amount directed to improving mental health wellness in the Upper Peninsula.

Eligibility information and application forms are available on the SHF’s website at and at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2015.

The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its September board meeting. Grant monies will be distributed in late October.

“The Superior Health Foundation team and its region-wide board of directors are again excited to invite proposals that address health issues all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We value our role in the region and are excited about making positive contributions to the many needs that exist.”

SHF’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health in the Upper Peninsula. Its vision is to improve the health of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.

For more information, contact the SHF at 906-225-6914 or email




 Annual Golf Outing:

Check presentation - July 7 (1)SHF presents Child & Family Services of the U.P. with more than $9,700

Proceeds made possible through successful SHF Annual Golf Outing

The Superior Health Foundation presents Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc., with a check for $9,734.50, representing half of the net proceeds raised at the SHF Annual Golf Outing on June 19 at the Red Fox Run Golf Course in Gwinn. With its portion of the net proceeds, Child & Family Services of the U.P., Inc., will address adolescent homelessness in the Upper Peninsula. Thanks to 22 teams and a generous contingent of sponsors, the golf outing raised a record $19,469! The event was co-sponsored by A. Lindberg & Sons and North Greenwood Lakes. Pictured, from left, are Jamie Tomczyk, special events coordinator for the Superior Health Foundation; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF; Norma Semashko, executive director of Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc.; Laura Jarvi, SHF accountant and database/grants coordinator; and Shawn Hautamaki, a member of the SHF Special Events Committee who helped plan the event.






SHF Spring Grants Celebration:

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SHF awards $54,350 in large grants at Spring Grants Award Celebration

The Superior Health Foundation hosted its 2015 Spring Grants Award Celebration Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. SHF awarded more than $70,000 in grants, with five U.P. -wide non-profit organizations being awarded $54,350.00 in large grant funding. Pictured, from left, are Tracey Holt, Hospice of the EUP in Sault Ste. Marie; Paula Hedlund, UP Health Care Solutions; Tom Luckey, SHF Board of Directors; Cathy Aten, Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in Hancock; Stefani Gerard, UP Health Care Solutions; Alice Reynolds, Sports Training Camp; Mike Coyne, MD, SHF Board of Directors; Susan Divine, Sports Training Camp; Jayne Letts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Sheri Davie, SHF Board of Directors.

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Click Here for Press Release: SHF hosts Spring Grants Award celebration





TV 6 News Story

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Little Brothers accepting award

Cathy Aten, executive director of Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in Hancock,accepts a grant for $21,750 to help purchase a used wheelchair accessible van for her organization.






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SHF Board of Directors President Dan Arnold, MD, addresses the Springs Grants Celebration gathering at the Holiday Inn.






SHF2   SHF, SAIL gearing up for annual gala! SAIL


The Superior Health Foundation is excited to announce that it will be hosting the Third Annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The evening will bring together great friends while establishing new, long-lasting relationships with others.

The Superior Health Foundation’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.

In 2014, more than $51,000 in net proceeds from the Gala were equally split to benefit the Superior Health Foundation and Great Lakes Recovery Centers, which is using the funding to develop an ambulatory (social) detoxification program in Marquette County as well as strengthening current detox programming Sault Ste. Marie.

This year, SHF is excited to partner with the Superior Alliance For Independent Living (SAIL), in partnership with the Team River Runner U.P. veterans chapter. SAIL will use its portion of the proceeds for the “Single Point for Activities and Recreation Program,” to address the health and wellness of veterans and family members with disabilities across 15 U.P. counties. The “Mission: Healthy U.P. Vets” will host four, six-week programs around the U.P., in which 25 veterans per program can participate in multiple activities – including biking, hiking, skiing and other adaptive activities – directed at veterans to improve their overall physical, social and mental health.

For 2015, all sponsorships will include eight seats at the event, with incentives tied to each sponsorship level.  We’re again seeking exclusive Entertainment and Decoration sponsors ($5,000 apiece).  The sponsorship levels and a downloadable sponsorship form is available here, as well as an on-line sponsorship form.

We’re confident the 2015 Gala, which will feature renowned illusionist Tom Coverly  , will be outstanding.

If you’re interested in being put on the invite list, please email and include your name, address, phone number and how many spots you’d like reserved. Last year’s event sold out, so please indicate your interest as soon as you can. The event is $100 apiece or $150 for a couple.

Click Here: 2015 Sponsorship Levels

Downloadable 2015 sponsorship agreement



Julia Edwards for Breast Health Fund1Marquette girl donates birthday money to Breast Health Fund


After watching a TV program on the Disney Channel, Julia Edwards of Marquette came up with an interesting idea to celebrate her 11th birthday: donate birthday money to a charitable fund. The daughter of Dr. Ryan Edwards, a surgeon at Surgical Associates of Marquette, PC, and on staff at U.P. Health System – Marquette, Julia donated $230 in birthday money to the Superior Health Foundation’s Breast Health Fund, a fund established in 2014 to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula pay out-of-pocket breast health expenses not otherwise covered by insurance. “An act like this truly epitomizes philanthropy at work,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “In donating her birthday money, Julia is enriching the lives of people across the Upper Peninsula. What a tremendous gift.” In the photo, Julia presents the check to LaJoie. Those interested in contributing to the breast health fund are encouraged to visit



Superior Health Foundation awards nearly $10,000 in mini-grants in first quarter of 2015

   MARQUETTE – In the first quarter of 2015, the Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,539.76 in mini-grant funding to benefit 11 projects all across the Upper Peninsula.

“The SHF Grants Committee has been busy, but in our world, that’s a very good and positive thing,” said SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie. “We’re proud to support many health-centered seed projects that clearly align with our mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”

The SHF Grants Committee meets monthly to discuss and vote on mini-grant (up to $2,500) requests. To apply and fill out an on-line application, simply visit

The following offers a rundown of the organizations which received mini-grants in the past three months, along with a brief description of the project funded and amount:

  • Marquette County Community Baby Shower: Its goal is to host an event in the form of a baby shower for pregnant mothers or those with newly delivered babies up to 6 months of age. A request was made to purchase much needed items for babies, such as cribs, crib sheets, car seats, strollers, diapers, etc. The SHF Grants Committee voted to provide funding to purchase car seats for the event. $500
  • Camp New Day UP, across the U.P.: Camp New Day is a free one-week summer camp for youth ages 9-14 whose lives have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent or close family member. Its mission is to provide the children with a caring and safe environment that promotes and nurtures self-worth. SHF provided funding to cover the cost of the nurse and medical supplies for the camp. $525
  • Child and Family Services of the UP, Alger County: C&FS of the U.P. is engaged in a collaborative process with the Communities that Care (CTC) to address the issue of youth depression in Alger County. Its goal is to implement work under three major pillars: (1) Further investigate the issue, (2) A primary prevention awareness campaign, and (3) Intervention techniques. SHF supported nearly all of its requests, which included advertising, public service announcements, fliers, brochures and food for workshop. $1,421
  • Community Food Pack Program, St. Ignace: The request was to continue the food pack program this summer for low-income residents in St. Ignace, with the hope of supplying food to a larger range (currently K-4th grade). Funds will be used to purchase food and pay a stipend to the fitness teacher who will administer the PE program. SHF supported funding half of the costs to purchase food and pay for the fitness teacher. $1,138.80
  • Marquette-Alger RESA and MiCHSA: This U.P.-wide request was to fund six-plus people to attend the “Making Connections with Kids Through School Health” conference. The request included two nights lodging, conference registration and two dinners.  SHF is providing funding for school personnel, including teachers, to attend the conference at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. $1,200
  • Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network, Marquette County: Funds were requested to provide all supplies, food and gift bags to allow children bereaving the loss of a loved one to have the Best Day. SHF supports sponsoring the Best Day Program for three months in 2015. $600
  • Youth Connections Network, Marquette County: This network seeks to launch a campaign to promote “Mealtime as an Ideal Time” to strengthen family bonds, practice positive family communication and create healthy habits that last a lifetime. Funds will be used for printing and lamination of the first 500 sets of placemats to be distributed to families in Marquette County. SHF supported the printing and lamination in full and its logo will be placed on the placemats. $2,100
  • Women Living with Cancer Support Group, Houghton: Funds would be used to fill the Comfort Care Packages and the Infused with Support for Hospitality Baskets for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The request was for $520. SHF supported half, with the Portage Health Foundation (Hancock) agreeing to cover the other half to fully fund the project. $260
  • American Red Cross, Marquette: A CPR/AED pilot program offered to the upperclassmen at Ironwood High School and the surrounding area. The Kiwanis is offering three scholarships and asked SHF to provide funding for nine more, for a total of 12. SHF agreed to fund six additional scholarships. $810
  • Evergreen Living Center, St. Ignace: Evergreen would like to offer a music-based program for residents suffering from dementia, stroke and social isolation. Evergreen’s desire was to purchase six I pods with personal play lists and large headphones for each resident. SHF funded the entire project. $480
  • Negaunee Senior Citizens Center: The Senior Center is creating a Parkinson’s disease Resource Library so it has books that address the different aspects of coping with Parkinson’s. The idea would be to have them available to be lent out to support group participants, other support groups in the U.P. or community members who are affected by the disease, directly or indirectly. SHF supported purchasing all 30 books recommended for this effort: $504.96

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SHF presents health department with Breast Health Fund proceeds

During October, the Superior Health Foundation held its annual fundraiser to raise money for the SHF Breast Health Fund, which provides charitable funding to pay for unreimbursed or uninsured medical expenses pertaining to breast health. The fund is open to residents across the Upper Peninsula, with funding available through each of the health departments across the U.P. Thanks to the generous support of many regional businesses who purchased day sponsorships during October, coupled with pink wrist band sales, $11,576.02 was raised during October to add to the fund. Pictured, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Julie Scott, RN, BSN, Community Health Manager of the Marquette County Health Department who oversees the fund; and Jerry Messana,  administrator of the Marquette County Health Department. Please visit for more information on the Breast Health Fund.

Dan speaking at podiumSHF Awards first major grants!  

More than $321,000 awarded to health-centered organizations in first grant cycle. 


Superior Health Foundation awards $321,000 in grant funding to organizations all across the U.P. on Monday evening. Improving Oral Health For Children receives 2/3 of funding, or $217,000! What a Superior night with Superior people!

Superior Health Foundation hosts inaugural grants celebration – Press release

TV6 News Coverage of Grants

FOX UP News Coverage

TV3 News Coverage


Group shot of mini grant winners

2014 SHF Mini Grant Recipients


Group shot of the Large Grant winners


SHF Major Grant Recipients Gathers for a photo




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jim LaJoie, Executive Director of Superior Health foundation presents S.A.I.L’s Sarah Peura with a $30,000 grant. Dr. Terri Frankovich of the Marquette County Health Department offers her Thanks for receiving $195,000 for the UP Smiles Project, to improve oral health for children.  Snap Shot of NMU Michigan Room and attendees.

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Funding available for Breast Health Patients.

Superior Health Foundation, U.P. health departments launch U.P. Breast Health Fund

Press event at Marquette County Health Department details U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund and how patients can apply for funding.

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Breast Health Fund Letter of Understanding
Online Application
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Media coverage of the press conference:

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Mining Journal Story

Additional ABC 10 Video Coverage (4/01/14)


 Recent News

nabil-cutSHF Organ Donation Fund helps Calumet resident

Nabil Reyes of Calumet, awaiting his appointment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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SHF Establishes Run For Life Organ Donation Fund

The Superior Health Foundation, in cooperation with U.P. Run For Life, has established a “Run For Life Organ Donation Fund” to assist qualifying organ transplant patients and organ donors in the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket expenses. Read More…

Online Application
Download PDF Application
SHF Gift Form
TV Coverage of Organ Donation Fund

SHF presents gala proceeds money to GLRC:

Superior Health Foundation presents GLRC with $25,928.50Presentation2

Representatives from the Superior Health Foundation and Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) gather in the GLRC administrative office in Ishpeming for a check presentation. The Superior Health Foundation proudly presented GLRC a check for $25,928.50, representing half of the net proceeds raised at the 2014 SHF Annual Gala in early October. SHF and GLRC partnered on the event. GLRC will use its portion of the proceeds to develop an ambulatory (social) detoxification program in Marquette County as well as strengthening current detox programming in Sault Ste. Marie. Pictured, from left, are Greg Toutant, executive director of GLRC; Jamie Tomczyk and Pam Roose, members of the Gala Committee; Ray Amtmann, president of the GLRC Board of Directors; Joan Haara, a member of the Gala Committee; Dan Arnold, MD, president of the SHF Board of Directors; Shelby Bischoff, chair of the Gala Committee and secretary/treasurer of the SHF Board of Directors; Andrew Chosa, foundation coordinator for GLRC; Sheri Davie, a member of the Gala Committee and SHF Board of Directors; and Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF. The SHF is currently seeking a partner for the 2015 Annual Gala. Those interested are encouraged to visit to apply.

 SHF awards mini-grant funding to:

Marquette Care Clinic Care Clinic awarded grant by SHF - Sept. 3, 2014

The Superior Health Foundation presented a mini-grant for $2,500 to the Marquette Care Clinic to support the funding for training and educational materials for the “Tranquil Tears” Resolve Through Sharing Perinatal Bereavement/Grief program at both of its locations. Pictured, from left, are Bruce Seely, PhD and Dr. Dan Arnold of the SHF Board of Directors; Jocelyn Jonas, nurse manager at the Care Clinic who received the specialized training; Carolyn Severson and Sheri Davie of the SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF; and Cindy Asher, Executive Director of the Marquette Care Clinic. Since January 1, the Superior Health Foundation has provided $26,487.90 in health-centered, mini-grant funding for health-centered projects all across the Upper Peninsula. To learn more and apply for mini-grant funding, visit or call 906-225-6914.




Big Brothers Big Sisters and Michigan State Police  May Grant Winners (1)

   The Superior Health Foundation has awarded $400 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc. and $500 to the Michigan State Police – Iron Mountain. The BBBS grant will be used to provide six sessions of swimming lessons to 10 Littles through Northern Michigan University this summer. In addition to learning about safety, the children will be learning that swimming is a healthy and fun exercise that can be enjoyed for many years. The MSP – Iron Mountain grant money will be used to purchase a number of mobile first responder life-saving kits to be assigned to troopers in Iron and Dickinson Counties. Each kit contains a items designed for emergency trauma aid. Since January, SHF has provided nearly $17,000 in mini-grant funding, with an additional $17,500 available from July through December. Pictured, from left, are John Marshall and Shelby Bischoff, SHF Board of Directors; Laura Jarvi, SHF; Dr. Bruce Seely, SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, SHF executive director; Carolyn Severson, SHF Board of Directors; Lieutenant Christine Grabowski of the Michigan State Police – Iron Mountain; Jayne Letts of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc., and Bill Verrette and Sheri Davie, SHF Board of Directors. If interested in submitting a mini-grant for health-centered projects, visit


Check presentation for April 2014 non-profit winners.JPGSuperior Health Foundation supports U.P. Children’s Museum, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and OSF

The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors approved three mini-grants at its May meeting. The SHF provided $2,450 in funding to the U.P. Children’s Museum in Marquette to sponsor enhancement with the Big Head, which is one element of a whole body exhibit. The $2,450 will upgrade the head to include workable eyes, well defined teeth and muscle structure while adding a host of educational components through written signs and sounds. It also awarded $1,000 in funding to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan/Jilbert Dairy to purchase healthy snacks for the upcoming “Fuel U.P. In the Dome” event in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

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SHF accepting mini-grant proposals, equipment fund established

For 2015, the Superior Health Foundation is again accepting mini-grant applications to help provide funding for small, innovative health-centered projects within the Upper Peninsula. Read More...
Mini-Grant Policy
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