Superior Health Foundation fall newsletter now available
Superior Health Foundation seeking funding projects for 2018 annual gala
Are you a non-profit with a health-centered mission? If so, the Superior Health Foundation invites you to submit a funding request, with the hopes you’ll be part of the SHF’s 2018 annual gala celebration.
The Superior Health Foundation annual gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Marquette. Proceeds from the gala will benefit SHF for grant funding. In addition, the SHF Gala Planning Committee will select two, health-centered projects ($10,000 or less) and award those monies at the gala. SHF will ask the non-profit agencies receiving funding to invite employees and guests to the gala.
In 2017, SHF provided $10,000 in funding to HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response and Camp New Day.
The SHF Gala Committee will give high priority to health-centered initiatives or projects that benefit a large geographic population in the region and align with its mission, which is “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
The Superior Health Foundation will accept applications through Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, and will select two, non-profit projects by late December. These projects will then be forwarded to the SHF Board of Directors for approval in January.
Those with questions are asked to call the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email email@example.com.
SHF celebrates 5-year anniversary
Superior Health Foundation
hosts fall grants celebration
Health-centered non-profit organization awards nearly $375,000 in grants
The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded nearly $375,000 in health-centered grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The event was presented by 44 North.
The Superior Health Foundation gave out $27,147.06 in mini-grants, $64,012.00 in large grants and $283,305.10 in funding to address substance use issues in the Upper Peninsula. All told, $374,464.16 was dispersed to organizations across the region.
The substance use initiative is the Foundation’s fourth proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors. Since 2014, SHF has awarded $1,014,255.10 to proactive projects to address oral health for children, mental health wellness, pediatric obesity and substance use.
“There are so many needs in the Upper Peninsula. We’re incredibly blessed to be in position to help so many health-centered causes across the region,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “This year, our board of directors and team recognized the tremendous need to address substance use issues in the Upper Peninsula. They are paramount and frightening. The SHF grants committee reviewed a number of outstanding proposals to address substance use issues. We feel strongly we have chosen five projects that will ultimately reduce the incidence of drug use and/or provide treatment options in our communities.”
At the awards celebration, the Superior Health Foundation recognized 18 organizations across the Upper Peninsula that received mini grants.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re pleased to award these grants to so many incredible organizations across the U.P.,” said Mike Coyne, MD, President of the SHF Board of Directors. “Our mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. We like to feel we’re doing our part in improving the lives of people.”
The Superior Health Foundation awarded large grants to the following:
- Superior Simulation Center ($2,600): The goal of the Emergency Resuscitation Program is to establish a standardized Emergency Resuscitation Skills program. The program will serve the community of Sault Ste. Marie, but will also provide the emergency resuscitation opportunities for learners in all counties of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The funding will cover 12 AED Practi-Trainers and Monitors with built-in DVD players.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers ($6,312): This funding will purchase equipment to enable GLRC to implement a virtual reality-based neuroplasticity program in the residential Substance Use Disorder programs in Marquette County. The program will utilize virtual reality equipment and software with individuals suffering from substance use disorder to promote neuroplasticity or the brain’s ability to “rewire” itself and alter reward systems which are negatively impacted by substance use disorders. They will partner with NeuroTrainer to develop and implement the virtual reality programs.
- NMU Multiple Sclerosis ($7,510): This project examines the efficiency of a SpeedMaker, which is a device designed for muscle and strength training among athletes. In addition, this project will also involve outreach by providing in-service education for therapists in the U.P. SHF provided funding to have graduate and undergraduate students support, cover mileage for the participants to travel from Gwinn to Marquette, help with audio and visual services and project supplies.
- Girls on the Run of the Eastern U. ($8,500): Girls on the Run is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Their program prevents high risk behavior and substance abuse, and supports building resilience. Funding from SHF will enable this organization to expense its outreach across the region with marketing and donor recruitment activities.
- Teaching Family Homes ($11,000): In this collaborative effort with Great Lakes Recovery Centers and other reginal stakeholders, they will create a program aimed at managing the needs of adolescents impacted by significant psychiatric issues who are in need of step-down services from the psychiatric unit of diversion to programming in lieu of placement in the psychiatric unit. SHF covered the funds of equipment, materials, staff training, and program development.
- Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital ($13,540): This provided for the purchase a Video Glidescope, which provides for a clear view of the airway and vocal cords by use of a lighting and camera technology at SMH in Manistique. The Emergency Department is ultimately responsible for airway management of all types including the pediatric to the difficult airway placement.
- Lake Superior Hospice ($14,550): This funding will enable LSH to upgrade furnishings in its suite to provide greater safety and comfort to participants. These upgrades include functioning wheelchairs, lift chairs that allow the most impaired clients to rise to a standing position, an AED device and first aid kits, carpet tile to replace the soiled and worn carpet, a refrigerator to house client lunches and snacks, and office equipment.
In the area of substance use, the SHF proudly used matching grants of $50,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, $25,000 from the ME Davenport Foundation and $15,000 from the Western Marquette County Foundation to position itself for more than $283,000 in grant funding to:
- Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties ($6,250): This supports the “LOCK IT DROP IT, STOP IT” campaign through the Healthy Youth Coalition, which is focused on reducing prescription drug abuse in our community. This campaign will provide personal prescription lock boxes, free of charge to Menominee County residents. Educational brochures, magnets that will list all law enforcement agencies with a drug drop box, and individual medication dissolving bags for those cannot travel to a drop site will also be available free of charge through this campaign. SHF will fund 250 lock boxes as a pilot project.
- MSU-CHM Upper Peninsula Region ($11,500): A collaboration with UP Health Departments and the network of Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers, MSU-CHM UP Region will sponsor an American Society of Addiction Medicine Buprenorphine Waver Education Program with a regional conference on how providers can start a Medication Assisted Treatment Program in their own cities. The idea is to create a community of providers across the UP who ca pool their ideas and experience to address the opioid epidemic together. SHF will fund the entire project.
- Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula ($47,500): This grant will enable the Re-Entry Recovery House, a faith-based program with a proven track record of success in working with men in drug recovery, to purchase the necessary equipment and furnishings it needs to operate in Escanaba.
- NorthCare Network ($100,000): In collaboration with Dial Help and Communities That Care, NorthCare’s project will implement the evidence-based Tri Ethnic Readiness Survey UP-wide to mobilize proper community response to substance used disorders, develop/provide messaging/education campaigns to raise awareness of substance use disorders based on the results of the survey, provide funds to evidence-based Communities That Care coalitions, increase evidence-based Guiding Choices providers by bringing a GGC trainer to the U.P. and expand Dial Help’s existing UP-wide Safety Net Program to provide systems navigation, services connection, and post-treatment follow-up to individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers ($118,055.10): This proactive grant will help tackle the opioid use problem in three tiers. The first tier of the program consists of a dedicated opioid use service navigation team to assist individual across the U.P. in locating and enrolling in services near them. Tier two of the program is to establish Medication Assisted Treatment services in the Eastern and Western parts of the Upper Peninsula to maximize accessibility to these services. Tier three is the development of in-home care teams which provide post-treatment services. SHF fully funded the last two tiers.
Sheri Davie, chair of the SHF Grants Committee and member of the SHF Board of Directors, said the grants committee welcomed the feedback of Dr. Kevin Piggott, representing the Western Marquette County Health Foundation, and Nora Maloy, PhD, representing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, when it met to select the award winners for the proactive grants.
“It’s quite a process, but we feel good in that we selected a number of projects that we believe will play a defining role in reducing the incidence of substance use in our communities,” Davie said.
The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors has indicated it will be open to funding substance use issues again in 2018.
“There are several projects we identified that could benefit from two years of funding to adequately address the issues,” LaJoie said. “We realize this is no small task, but to do nothing is not the answer.”
The SHF will accept applications for its Spring 2018 grants cycle in mid-December, with a deadline set for Jan. 15, 2018.
SHF welcomes new board director
Angela Victorson to represent Delta County
The Superior Health Foundation announces the addition of Angela Victorson of Bark River to its U.P-wide Board of Directors.
Victorson has been an active member in her community, serving in various roles with the Girl Scouts, 4-H club and the Heart of the Month Lions Club.
“I’m really looking forward to putting my experience in the financial industry to work and help the Superior Health Foundation with its goals,” Victorson said. “The foundation offers so many wonderful health-centered, grant-giving opportunities across the peninsula. I’m honored to serve on this board.”
In her spare time, Victorson enjoys traveling, motorcycling and camping.
The Superior Health Foundation, headquartered in Marquette, provides health-centered grant funding all across the Upper Peninsula. Its mission is to “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.” Its vision is “to improve the health of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.”
With the addition of Victorson, SHF now has 12 directors representing the Upper Peninsula.
A PINK-tacular Pink Party!
Westwood High School, SHF pink it out!
Painting the Peninsula Pink Day Sponsors
SHF, Westwood High School partnering on Painting the Peninsula Pink
Pink Party planned for Gwinn-WHS varsity football game on Sept. 29
The Superior Health Foundation and Westwood Patriots have pink on their minds.
That’s because SHF and Westwood High School are partnering on a month-long “Painting the Peninsula Pink” event to raise invaluable funds to help breast cancer patients from all across the Upper Peninsula.
Proudly presented by mBank, the Superior Health Foundation and Westwood High School will co-host “The 31 Days of Pink” during the month of October to raise money for the Breast Health Fund. This account provides charitable funding to women and men across the Upper Peninsula to help cover the costs of mammograms, breast biopsies and other uncovered breast health expenses.
During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Westwood’s athletic teams will sell pink merchandise at home events and in school, giving supporters the opportunity to purchase items in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled this horrific disease. The signature event for the “31 Days of Pink” will be a Pink Party at the Gwinn-Westwood varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 29. That evening, we’ll throw a pink party, auction off pink jerseys, auction off a spectacular Green Bay Packers football package, including tickets, and recognize breast cancer survivors.
During the month, area businesses are encouraged to become a day sponsor. For a tax-deductible gift of $250 to SHF, businesses will be recognized on the day they choose to support and are also encouraged to get in the spirt of raising funds for the cause.
Businesses will receive a “ Pink” flag to prominently display at their business to show your support. During each day in October, the sponsors will be prominently displayed on the Superior Health Foundation website and Facebook pages, with links to your business.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Westwood High School on Painting the Peninsula Pink,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “This event has grown in popularity with each passing year and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get adolescents involved in a cause that affects so many people. “
Added Jon Beckman, assistant principal and athletic director at WHS: “Our students, teachers and football team look forward to helping raise money for this fund. We’re honored to be a part of Painting the Peninsula pink.”
For more information, please contact the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Five Years of Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation summer newsletter now available
Reserve your seats for the 2017 Superior Health Foundation Gala
Equipment Fund match campaign announced
The Equipment Fund through the Superior Health Foundation is helping to improve the health of people in the Upper Peninsula. From winter sports helmets, to wheelchairs, to automatic external defibrillators, to exercise equipment, the fund has proven to enrich lives and improve health outcomes for people all across the Upper Peninsula.
The SHF earmarks $10,000 annually for Equipment Fund purchases up to $2,500 and requests have far exceeded expectations. The SHF seeks to match $10,000 by teaming up with individuals and businesses in order to increase the number of requests granted through the Equipment Fund.
To learn about specific equipment wseds or discuss a personal cause of interest, please call Executive Director Jim LaJoie at 906-225-3431.
Superior Health Foundation spring newsletter now available
Copies of the newsletter are also available in the Superior Health Foundation office.
Superior Health Foundation hosts Spring Awards Celebration
More than $83,300 in large grants and mini grants awarded to organizations all across the Upper Peninsula
The Superior Health Foundation awarded more than $83,300 in health-centered grant funding at its Spring Grants Celebration on Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The Awards Celebration was sponsored by 44North.
The Superior Health Foundation awarded $83,381.74 in grants, with $64,419.86 being dispersed in large grants to 13 organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
“The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to award large grant funding to 13 organizations across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We had 21 large grant requests to review and the committee did an outstanding job of supporting projects that align with our mission.”
Added Michael Coyne, MD, President of the SHF Board of Directors: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re happy to award charitable grant funding to so many deserving organizations.”
At the celebration, the SHF also recognized mini-grant winners from October 2016 through March 2017. In that period, $18,961.88 was awarded in mini-grants to 17 U.P organizations.
A capsule look at the organizations receiving large grant funding Wednesday evening:
- Bay Cliff, $5,000: Bay Cliff Health Camp is a non-profit therapy and wellness center in Big Bay for children and adults with disabilities and health challenges. Funds will be used to pay for the food and program/operating budget line items for a two-month summer therapy session at Bay Cliff Health Camp.
- BBBS of Marquette and Alger Counties, $3,000: Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationally recognized mentoring program that provides local caring community members as mentors to at-risk youth in the community. Funds will be used to send the matches to yoga sessions twice a week with equipment, and cooking classes that will be offered twice a month at the Marquette Food Co-op.
- Breastfeeding Education and Support Team (B.E.S.T.) of Chippewa County, $9,800.50: B.E.S.T. is a multi-collaborative coalition and serves as a coordinating body for all agencies providing health care for breastfeeding women in Chippewa County. Funds will expand internet and social media presence, provide resources for coalition members to use when speaking to civic groups, and allow for the expansion of their Help Line services into Mackinac and Luce Counties. The funds will also provide training for 10 young community members to become experts in breastfeeding support and education.
- Care Clinic, $898.00: Care Clinic is a non-profit pregnancy medical clinic in Marquette and Sawyer that helps those in need of education, resources, counseling, or support before, during or after pregnancy. Their project, Project Ultrasound, is to enhance and improve ultrasound services and technology equipment, as well as increase access to ultrasound services at the Care Clinic. The funds will help the Registered Nurse move on with the final stage of her training.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, $9,000: Great Lakes Recovery Centers is a nationally accredited non-profit organization that provides prevention and treatment services for people suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders. Their LUNA (Look, Uncover, Nurture, Act) Neuro Trauma Assessment Program started in 2016 to help children who show signs of development issues try to prevent serious issues, such as alcoholism and depression, from happening. Funds will be used to help the network and infrastructure development, outreach activities and navigation services for their LUNA program.
- Just Believe, $6,000.00: Formed in memory of Jodi Ball, Just Believe is a non-profit started to educate age appropriate information to Kindergarteners in Negaunee and Gwinn Schools about melanoma and the dangers of over-exposure to sun. Its awareness has since expanded to Marquette schools for all ages. Funds will be used to provide sunscreen at outdoor events throughout Marquette County and beyond.
- Marquette-Alger RESA, $9,580.23: Marquette Alger Regional Educational Services Agency (MARESA) focuses on improving general education, special education, and professional learning for all children in Marquette and Alger counties. Funds will be used to purchase sit and stand desks, stability ball chairs, and wobbly chairs for each of the seven U.P Intermediate School Districts to help students with attention deficits to be able to pay better attention in the classroom.
- Marquette Alternative High School, $2,099.93: Marquette Alternative High School provides students from Marquette and Alger counties a second chance to obtain their high school diploma. The She Believed/Dudefest program was started in the summer of 2014 to help students better their obesity, inactivity, lack of self-esteem, and improve interest in education. Funds will be used to expand the She Believed/Dudefest program by funding the equipment for indoor softball practice, punching bag equipment, Go Plus Weight Bench and weights, Jiu-jitsu self-defense and safety course, a trainer to teach proper lifting techniques, and cycling for life-long health.
- Northern Lights YMCA, $11,000.00: The YMCA provides many outreach centers and programs to expand the work needed to meet each of the community’s crucial needs. In Delta County, some of those needs are targeting the alarming rate of obesity among children by creating an After School Fit & Fun Club. Funds will be used to purchase CATCH equipment.
- RSVP, $2,943.74: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Escanaba invites men and women 55 and older to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Their Transportation program is given to anyone who is 60 years of age and older and who do not receive transportation from the Department of Health and Human Services through Medicaid and UPHP. Funds will be used to fund two months’ worth of volunteer mileage reimbursement.
- STAR Volunteers, $1,500.00: Sagola Township Area Rescue ambulance takes an average of 105 calls per year, including medical and trauma calls, personal injury, traffic accidents, and transports. They also volunteer for coverage for football games, fire calls, and lift assists. Funds will be used to purchase one new Automated External Defibrillator.
- Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, $1,497.00: Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center is a non-profit health center based in Houghton and operates nine service delivery locations in five U.P. counties. Funds will be used to provide textbooks and core competency training binders for the certification of five community health workers.
- Women’s Center, Inc. – $4,100.46: The Women’s Center in Marquette supports victims of domestic and sexual violence in Marquette and Alger Counties through programs that protect, educate, advocate, counsel and empower women. SHF provided $2,100.46 in funding with a local donor matching the other $2,000 to purchase security doors for the facility.
SHF’s mission is “ to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health throughout the Upper Peninsula.” To learn more, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
Superior Health Foundation winter newsletter now available
Copies of the newsletter are also available in the Superior Health Foundation office.
Please consider supporting SHF Equipment Fund!
The Superior Health Foundation earmarks $10,000 annually for the Equipment Fund for purchases up to $2,500. Unfortunately, the number of requests for funding in 2016 depleted those dollars in just seven months.
The SHF seeks to match $10,000 by teaming up with individuals and businesses to increase the number of granted requests in 2017. It’s simple. More dollars = more equipment needs that will get funded.
As you consider your year-end giving, please consider a charitable gift to the Superior Health Foundation Equipment Fund. Your philanthropic support will:
* help equip children with safety helmets
* equip retail stores with wheelchairs
* provide GPS-based LifeTrackers to empower mentally disabled adults with independence
* provide mobile first responder kits to law enforcement so emergency medical treatment can begin as soon as police arrive on the scene
* equip common areas with AED’s to allow everyday people the opportunity to provide life-sustaining treatment
* And many more …
SHF presents health department with $16,000 raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink!
The 2016 Painting the Peninsula Pink, an annual fundraiser in October for the Superior Health Foundation Breast Health Fund, raised nearly $18,000. Of that amount, close to $2,000 went back to Pink Partner Gladstone High School to purchase health-centered equipment at the school. The remaining $16,000 goes directly to the fund, which provides charitable dollars for men and women across the Upper Peninsula to help with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. The fund is designed for the uninsured and those facing high deductibles and co-pays for breast health. The maximum award to an individual is $1,000. On Thursday, the check was presented to the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD), which oversees the fund in cooperation with the other health departments in the U.P. From left are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, Bobbie Champion of the MCHD and Jerry Messana, Health Officer, MCHD. SHF encourages patients to learn more about the fund by visiting www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/
SHF presents Pink dollars to Gladstone Public Schools
The Superior Health Foundation proudly presented Gladstone Public Schools with a check for $1,941.29, representing a portion of the net proceeds raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink in October for the SHF Breast Health Fund. “SHF partnered with Gladstone High School during the month, and the students and administration did a sensational job helping secure day sponsors and ensure our Pink Party was a resounding success,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Athletic Director Andy Jacques and the students were awesome to work with.” With the proceeds, Gladstone will purchase specialized football helmets for players who have had previous concussions and a vacuum immobilizer to help stabilize fractures and dislocations without circumferential pressure. Pictured, from left, back row, are players Ben Schwalbach, Owen Carlson, Daniel Berg, Austin Berquist, Tanner Brown and Trevor Aird. In the front row are LaJoie, Jacques, OSF Athletic Trainer Brad Landis and Gladstone High School Principal Brady Downey. Painting the Peninsula Pink was presented by Baybank in Gladstone. (SHF photo)
SHF accepting requests for event sponsorships
The Superior Health Foundation provides sponsorships to non-profit organizations hosting events that align with our mission of assisting with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. The maximum sponsorship in a calendar year is $500 per organization.
SFH Fall Grants Video
MSU Today showcases SHF’s largest grant to date to address childhood obesity in the U.P.
Grants At Work
Students at Gwinn Middle School had an opportunity to be trained in the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Family and Friends CPR Program in Mrs. Micheau’s 8th grade health education class.
“I have to give a lot of credit to one of our bus drivers, Dave Oysti, for planting the idea. He called the school last year and was very passionate about finding out how to get students trained in CPR,” says Mrs. Micheau. Mr. Oysti is also a paramedic.
This past summer, Mrs. Micheau researched how to get a project like this funded.
“I submitted a mini-grant request to the Superior Health Foundation and was awarded $2,500 to pay for the curriculum, manikins, AED trainers and supplies,” Mrs. Micheau said. “I think it was a great idea, and after I did some research on the different curriculums through the AHA, I realized this is a very attainable goal because students don’t have to be certified to know CPR … they just need to be trained properly.”
Superior Health Foundation fall newsletter now available
Copies of the newsletter are also available in the Superior Health Foundation office.
SHF, Run For Life provide funding to local organ donor
Amanda Specker of Big Bay, center, receives a check for $500 from Jim LaJoie, left, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, and Amy Harju, organizer for U.P. Run for Life. The funding came from the SHF’s Run For Life Organ Donation Fund, which provides philanthropic funding to organ donors and recipients to help defray the cost of travel expenses to the University of Michigan or Madison, Wis. Today, Specker is donating one of her kidneys to Nicole Lenard of St. Claire Shores in a procedure at U-M. With proceeds raised from the annual Run For Life run/walk in June and individual gifts, SHF has provided funding to a number of organ donors and recipients over the past several years. Please consider supporting this fund with a charitable gift by visiting superiorhealthfoundation.org/give. To view the TV 6 story, visit www.uppermichiganssource.com/…/Kidney-Donation-398506671.ht…