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 needs or discuss a personal cause of interest, please call Executive Director Jim LaJoie at 906-225-3431.
Superior Health Foundation releases Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2017 Proactive Grant Focus: Improving substance use prevention and treatment throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.
Application deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017 4:00 p.m.
The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is pleased to launch its 2017 Proactive Grant Focus process with the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects positioned to make an impact on improving substance use prevention and treatment throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.
“Substance use issues are rising at an alarming rate here and across the country,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation recognizes the seriousness of an issue that many in medical circles are calling an epidemic. We believe strongly that we must find innovative approaches to address substance use prevention, treatment, services and awareness for the entire Upper Peninsula.”
The foundation recently completed its RFI (Request for Information) to gather basic information on as many organizations as possible working on substance use awareness and services throughout the U.P.
“We held a roundtable discussion in early June in Marquette,” LaJoie said. “More than 50 healthcare professionals from across the U.P. attended and were actively engaged in a peer-to-peer analysis of needs and opportunities facing the U.P.”
After the responses to the RFP are received, the foundation will announce the award(s) at its Fall Grants Program, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The Foundation will award more than $250,000 in proactive grant funding in 2017 and is open to renewing matching grant funding in Year 2 for collaborative projects that demonstrate the need for additional funding.
The SHF is actively seeking support from other funders to help leverage grant dollars. Thus far, the ME Davenport Foundation has committed $25,000 in year one support.
“We’re very hopeful other U.P. and state funders will see the value in joining us to help find solutions to address complex substance use issues that are destroying lives and hurting families,” LaJoie said.
SHF Annual Golf Outing has arrived!
We couldn’t do it without the incredible support of many. Our heart truly sings with the tremendous support we’ve received from these sponsors. Thank you!
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, community partners address growing opioid crisis in Michigan with $455,000 grant program
Community-based organizations eligible for funding must submit letters of interest by June 28, 2017
DETROIT, June 9, 2017 – 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 $455,000 for the Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses initiative. The partnership provides one-time grants to begin new projects, enhance or expand existing projects aimed at reducing opioid and prescription drug abuse and harm.
Prescription drug and opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Michigan. The number of deaths from drug overdose has more than tripled from 1999 to 2015. A 2014 report from the Michigan Department of Community Health (now the Department of Health and Human Services) shows that Michigan experienced a four-fold increase in unintentional fatal drug poisonings since 1999. Overall, 4,722 Michigan residents died from 2009 to 2012 due to unintentional or undetermined intent poisonings. Of these overdose deaths, 19.4 percent were definitively opioid-related.
“Opioid abuse is a rising concern among communities across our state, with more and more Michigan residents being impacted by the issue in some way every year,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “The partners behind this initiative are looking forward to joining efforts with community-based organizations that are proactively addressing the crisis and providing care and support to individuals in need.”
“The Superior Health Foundation (headquartered in Marquette) has taken a keen interest in the opioid addiction issue and is committed to finding evidence-based solutions to help address a problem that many in this country are referring to as an epidemic,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We’re honored to join other funding partners across the state in committing grant dollars for an issue that is tearing apart families and costing lives.”
Evidenced-based programs to address the epidemic in local communities, ranging from education to law enforcement to clinical interventions, will be considered. The funders will support projects in up to seven coalitions in Michigan communities over 18 months to identify and implement collective actions to prevent and reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse and address the harms they cause. Coalition membership should be comprised of at least one organization from each of the following areas:
- Medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, such as medical associations, hospitals, emergency physician groups, medical groups and independent physician associations, community mental health organizations, federally qualified health centers, pharmacies and health plans
- Public health and public safety organizations, such as a county public health or county health care delivery system, medical examiner, law enforcement, corrections and emergency medical responders
- Other community organizations, such as schools, community-based organizations working with the population of interest, organizations representing families and community residents, and faith-based organizations
“We look forward to supporting programs and research that will have a lasting, positive impact on the individuals and families who are affected by substance abuse and addiction in our state,” said Audrey Harvey, vice president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “Addressing the excess morbidities and mortalities associated with this epidemic aligns with our 35-year-history of improving health care for Michigan residents.”
Established coalitions demonstrating active and robust collaboration processes are preferred. The lead organization will disburse funds to support proposed project development and implementation. Grant funds will be available for salary support, program costs, supplies and other costs related to the project. Computer equipment, including hardware and software, isn’t supported unless they are directly related to the aim of the proposed project. Other costs that aren’t eligible include capital expenses and indirect costs. The funding partners will review applications and request a full proposal from selected coalitions by Aug. 2.
Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $75,000 each for up to 18 months. Applications must be sent to Innovations@bcbsm.com by June 28. All instructions and application forms are available at bcbsm.com/safetynet and at bcbsm.com/foundation. You may also obtain the forms by sending an email to email@example.com.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com.
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.”
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 selects recipients for 2017 Annual Golf Outing!
SHF is very excited to announce that it has selected Cancer Care of Marquette County as its partner for the SHF Annual Golf Outing, scheduled for Friday, June 16, at the Marquette Golf Club. At the event, Cancer Care of Marquette County will receive a check for $5,000 that will be used to help patients across the region with out-of-pocket cancer expenses. It’s a wonderful organization to work with. SHF and Cancer Care are actively looking for fun hole sponsors ($250), Lunch ($1,500) and Prize ($1,000) sponsors to ensure its success. It’s going to be a blast!
Superior Health Foundation selects recipients for 2017 annual gala!
Sponsorships now open!
This year, SHF is pleased to announce that, at the 2017 annual gala on Saturday, Sept. 16, two additional health-centered organizations will be recognized and awarded up to $10,000 apiece to support projects that align with SHF’s mission.
We’re pleased to partner with Camp New Day and HOPE Animal Assisted Crises Response.
Camp New Day is a one-week summer camp for youth ages 9-14 across the Upper Peninsula whose lives have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent. The camp focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual health of youth impacted by an incarcerated family member/care giver. Every aspect of camp provides and educates campers about healthy lifestyle choices. Funding will help cover the cost of counselors, food, transportation, camp rental and registration for the attendees.
HOPE Animal Assisted Crises Response provides comfort and encouragement through dog-assisted comfort support to victims of crises and across the Upper Peninsula. HOPE teams currently respond free of charge and the burden of responses and training expenses is borne by each volunteer. Gala funding will assist with travel, food and lodging expenses for volunteers as well as train new volunteers in additional counties in the U.P.
The SHF team and Board of Directors are very excited to collaborate with these two wonderful organizations.
Online sponsorships and registrations are available here! Seats are $100 apiece, $150 for a couple.
For more information, call 906-225-6914 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 welcomes new board director to represent the western U.P.
The Superior Health Foundation announces the addition of Heather Beck to its U.P.-wide Board of Directors.
Beck, the Early Childhood Director for the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District who works with the Great Start Collaborative, has worked in the field of education since 2002. Her previous work included stints as a teacher and administrator at a number of different grade levels.
“I look forward to working with Superior Health Foundation,” said Beck, a native of Sunhurst, Mont., who moved to Ontonagon in September 2015 to pursue a new career. “The Foundation has made dramatic differences in the lives of many, and I am excited to bring these experiences to the wonderful people living in the Western U.P. I look forward to being a voice for our area.”
Beck received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia College (Minnesota), earned a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University (Minnesota) and holds an Educational Specialist degree from Walden University in educational leadership and administration.
Beck and her husband, a native of Ontonagon, are parents to three boys.
“The Superior Health Foundation is excited about Heather’s addition to our board,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “Heather has a passion for improving the health and well-being of people. Her addition fills a critical need in board representation across the Upper Peninsula.”
The Superior Health Foundation, headquartered in Marquette, is a health-centered, grant-giving organization that provides grant funding to projects all across the U.P. Its mission is to “assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
To learn more, visit its website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
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.
Superior Health Foundation seeking funding applications for 2017 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 2017 annual gala celebration.
The Superior Health Foundation annual gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Marquette. Proceeds from the gala will benefit SHF. 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 agencies receiving funding to invite employees and guests to the gala.
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 Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, 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.
In 2016, SHF awarded $10,000 in funding to both the Great Start Collaborative of Marquette and Alger Counties and Lakestate Industries for health-centered projects.
Those with questions are asked to call the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email email@example.com.
SHF large grant application process begins on Dec. 12
The Superior Health Foundation will begin accepting grant applications for the spring grant cycle on Monday, Dec. 12. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.
SHF will award approximately $65,000 in large grant funding in the spring cycle. Large grants typically range from $2,500 to $20,000.
Eligibility information and application forms are available on the Large Grants page and at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette.
The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at March board meeting. Grant monies will be distributed in late April.
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…
Superior Health Foundation Fall Grants Program
October 20, 2016
SHF awards SPartners For Health $299,975 grant to address childhood obesity
At the Superior Health Foundation’s Fall Grants Celebration Thursday evening in Marquette, Michigan State University and three partnering Upper Peninsula universities proudly accepted a SHF grant of $299,750 to address childhood obesity in the Upper Peninsula. The grant was a milestone in that it marked the Foundation’s single biggest grant in its four-year history and put it over the $1 million mark in grants given since its inception.
Pictured, left to right, are Bruce Seely, PhD, Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors and representing Michigan Tech University, Jim LaJoie, Executive Director, Superior Health Foundation; Erich Petushek, PhD, MSU College of Human Medicine, Marquette Campus; Breanne Carlson, MS, CSCS, Department of Health and Human Performance Northern Michigan University; Mike Coyne, MD, president of SHF Board of Directors; Bryan Dixon, MD, physician at Advanced Center for Orthopedics in Marquette who will serve as U.P. SPartners physician; Joan Haara, SHF Board of Directors; Sheri Davie, Chair of SHF Grants Committee and member of Board of Directors; Jodi Susi, PhD, assistant professor for the College of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science at Lake Superior State University; and Joe Carlson, PhD, associate professor, Department of Radiology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing. (Photo courtesy of Superior Health Foundation)
Superior Health Foundation hosts fall grants celebration
Health-centered non-profit organization awards more than $337,000 in large grants; historic grants milestone reached
The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded nearly $360,000o in health-centered large grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
The Superior Health Foundation gave out $22,246.01 in mini-grants, $37,267 in large grants and $299,975 in funding to address pediatric obesity in the Upper Peninsula. All told, $359,488.01 was dispersed to organizations across the U.P.
The grant celebration marked a historic milestone for the Superior Health Foundation. In just two short years of awarding mini and large grants, SHF surpassed the $1,000,000 mark.
Fall Grants Program Presenting Sponsor
Pink Party a resounding success!
Gladstone Braves, fans, community embrace effort to raise money for SHF Breast Health Fund!
Munising Public Schools purchases AED with pink proceeds from 2015. Click here for details.
Paint the Peninsula Pink this October
The Superior Health Foundation is now gearing up for a month of Pink! Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Baybank in Gladstone, will be in full swing beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. SHF is looking to fill up the month of October with $250 day sponsors. We want the entire month pink! Money raised will go to the Breast Health Fund, which provides funding to men and women across the U.P. with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to help support this fund. All day sponsors receive a decal to proudly hang in their business, as well as links to their website on the day of the sponsorship.
SHF Annual Gala a resounding success! Nearly $70,000 raised!
The SHF Annual Gala is in the books! The event, held at the University center on the campus of Northern Michigan Univeristy, attracted over 300 guests. They were treated to a terrific dinner, awesome fellowship and the incredible musical performance from the Steve Somers Band. Lakestate Industries and the Marquette Alger Great Start Collaborative each received $10,000 at the gala. Thanks to everyone, including our amazing sponsors and businessess who provided prizes for our gift boxes, for your terrific support!
Media coverage of the 2016 Gala:
Superior Health Foundation summer newsletter now available
Copies of the newsletter are also available in the Superior Health Foundation office.
SHF annual golf outing a resounding success
SHF supports Just Believe with $4,500 in funding from event that raised nearly $17,000!
Superior Health Foundation Annual Report Now Available
Copies of the annual report are also available in the Superior Health Foundation office.
Superior Health Foundation Hosts Spring Awards Celebration More than $82,200 in large grants and mini-grants awarded to organizations all across the Upper Peninsula
Vince Rose of 44 North, the event’s presenting sponsor.
Board Member Dan Arnold
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation awarded more than $82,200 in health-centered grant funding at its Spring Grants Celebration on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The Awards Celebration was sponsored by 44 North.
The Superior Health Foundation, a conversion foundation formed following the sale of Marquette General Health System to for-profit Duke LifePoint in September 2012, awarded $82,273.48 in grants, with $62,075.43 being dispersed in large grants to eight organizations in the Upper Peninsula.
“The Superior Health Foundation is very excited to award grant funding to eight deserving organizations across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “One grant at a time, we’re playing an important role in improving the health and well-being of people in the Upper Peninsula.”
Added Dan Arnold, MD, President of the SHF Board of Directors: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re delighted to award charitable grant funding to eight organizations that align with our mission, which is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
At the celebration, the SHF also recognized mini-grant winners from October 2015 through March 2016. In that period, 20,198.05 was awarded in mini-grants to 17 organizations across the region.
A capsule look at the organizations receiving large grant funding Thursday evening:
- Marquette Alternative High School, $9,373.38: She Believed/He Believed seeks to improve, provide and support wellness and health habits; improve self-esteem, and increase the appreciation for one’s education for all students. They try to make improvements by working on physical fitness, and incorporating lesson plans on healthy choices in nutrition, activities and lifestyles. SHF is specifically funding snowshoes, jump ropes, dumb bells, an upright bike, YMCA run registrations, certified workout instructors and day passes to the PEIF.
- National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, Lansing, MI, $7,600: NEWSLINE is an online computer speech technology that reproduces the text of various national and local newspapers and transmits them over the telephone. This service is free to anyone who is legally blind. Its goal is to increase access to health information through NEWSLINE, recruit and train 100 Upper Peninsula residents who are blind or have low vision to use this service. SHF will provide funds to cover the project.
- Omega House – Houghton, $6,385: Caring Hands is a professional therapeutic massage program that provides therapy to the terminally ill residents, and if time allows, to family members of the resident in the Houghton County area. SHF will provide funds to cover the cost of the massages.
- Pathways – Marquette, $13,597.05: Pathways is implementing a new program called INSHAPE. The program is an evidence-based exercise/nutrition program for reducing cardiovascular risk factors in the adult seriously mentally ill population across the U.P. SHF has provided grant funds to cover the cost of the program.
- P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON – a program of UPCAP) – Marquette, $4,645: The Life Coach Training program will provide those who are pre-diabetic with better care and for those who are at-risk with increased knowledge to prevent them from becoming pre-diabetic. UPDON will bring pre-diabetes awareness, treatment, staff, ad placement, training and supplies across the U.P. for centers and organizations that serve seniors as a part of The Life Coach Training program. SHF will provide funds to the Life Coach Training.
- P. Sports Training Camp – Marquette, $10,000: The sports training camp is a five-day traditional summer camp, emphasizing Special Olympic sports training instruction. It is attended by 30 cognitively, socially and physically disabled children and young adults from Marquette and Alger counties. SHF will provide funds to cover the equipment cost of the training.
- Women’s Center, Inc. – Marquette, $5,475: The Women’s Center will provide nutritional food for survivors of domestic abuse at the Harbor House. Funds will bridge the shortfall between actual needs and donations provided, and continue to provide nutritional meals for women of the Marquette area. SHF will fund the equivalent of two people for a year.
- YMCA – Summer Speech – Marquette, $5,000: The Summer Speech Program provides six to eight weeks of either individual or group therapy to the children between the ages of 3-12 years old. The therapy is helpful to continue gains made throughout the school year or to prevent regression. The children who come to the program are brought in based on recommendation for the school speech therapist. SHF will provide funds for the group therapy.
Winter 2016 Newsletter:
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A unique pink idea has blossomed into a wonderful fundraiser to support the Superior Health Foundation.
In early February, the Superior Health Foundation proudly accepted a check for $3,162.53 from Jim Reevs, publisher of The Mining Journal newspaper in Marquette.
The Mining Journal initiated a Tree of Life fundraiser in which community residents donated $5 for pink ribbons to honor or remember loved ones affected by breast cancer. The fountain-like tree was created by Marquette artist Earl Senchuk, with help from students at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette.
The tree was filled with 695 ribbons. Proceeds will go directly to the SHS Breast Health Fund, which was created two years ago to provide philanthropic support for out-of-pocket breast health expenses incurred by men and women across the Upper Peninsula.
“These types of efforts truly exemplify philanthropy at work,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We are grateful to The Mining Journal for taking on this project and to Mr. Senchuk for creating the beautiful tree. This funding will help people … that’s what it’s all about.”
The SHF Breast Health Fund has provided more than $15,000 in philanthropic funding since its inception. If interested in supporting the fund with a charitable gift, please visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give/
Breast Health application forms are available at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ or in the SHF office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette.
(Jim Reevs, middle, publisher of The Mining Journal, presents a check for $3,162.53 to Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, with money raised through the Tree of Life fundraising project. Also pictured, from left, are Barb Schmitt, who received funding from the Breast Health Fund; Amy Bond, Mining Journal administrative assistant; and Marquette artist Earl Senchuck.)
SHF provides mini grant to Community Foundation of Marquette to support project
The Community Foundation of Marquette County has awarded a grant of $84,595 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for children in the region. The grant dollars will be used to support the current P.E.-Nut UP program to all elementary schools in the county. Simple nutrition lessons with food sampling and fitness activities will be offered, along with lessons for parents/caregivers on how to buy and prepare low-cost, healthy snack items.
The Community Foundation partnered with Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) to request a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment to enable MARESA to provide nutrition education and physical activity education to elementary school students in Marquette County. The Superior Health Foundation awarded a mini-grant of $2,039 to the Community Foundation of Marquette County to support the expansion of the PE-Nut project to include all Marquette County Schools.
“This project aligns closely with SHF’s mission, which is assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation welcomes opportunities to collaborate, and we’re very thankful the Community Foundation of Marquette County reached out to us for this terrific project.”
The two expected program outcomes are to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetable and increase the amount of physical activity of elementary students and families. It will also provide teachers an opportunity to learn how to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their curriculums and classrooms
Cutline: Pictured, standing left to right, are Chris Marana, principal, Aspen Ridge Elementary School, Kevin Hooper, principal, Sandy Knoll Elementary, Travis Smith, principal, Cherry Creek Elementary, Julie Peterson, principal, Lakeview Elementary, Bob Anthony, principal, Superior Hills Elementary, and Rachel Sabin, MARESA Nutrition Educator accepting the grant check from Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony. Seated are Sarah Kemppainen, principal, Graveraet Elementary, Jim LaJoie, executive director, Superior Health Foundation and Michelle Granger, Nutrition Educator, MARESA.
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation announces the appointment of Kris Leonard of Iron Mountain to its board of directors.
Leonard has been an active member of the Dickinson County community for many years. A native of Iron Mountain, she served as trustee, secretary and president of the Iron Mountain School Board of Education for 10 years and was also involved with the Dickinson County Council for the Arts, working as an education coordinator, publicity chairperson and chairwoman for the Midwest Arts and Crafts Show.
She currently sits on the board of the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English literature and minors in history and secondary education, Leonard is a member of the steering committee that organized “100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County” in December 2012. The group has reached a membership of more than 500 women. It has raised more than a quarter million dollars for local charities and organizations in Dickinson County and the surrounding areas.
Leonard lives in Iron Mountain with her husband, Stephen. They have three married children and nine grandchildren.
With Leonard’s appointment, the SHF Board of Directors now has 12 members who represent the Upper Peninsula.
NEWS: Superior Health Foundation raises more than $12,500 to support Breast Health Fund
More than $12,500 will benefit the SHF Breast Health Fund
With proceeds raised from Painting the Peninsula Pink during October, the Superior Health Foundation presented the U.P. Health Departments a check for $12,534.47 that will go to the SHF Breast Health Fund to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Honor Credit Union, provided a month-long, fund-raising event to help this cause. In the photo, Jim LaJoie, middle, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, presents the check to Julie Scott, left, and Jerry Messana of the Marquette County Health Department. Scott, RN, BSN, is the Community Health Manager who helps oversee the fund. Messana is the administrator of the Marquette County Health Department. Those wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to do so by visiting superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ and fill out an on-line application. Forms are also available at health departments across the Upper Peninsula.
NEWS: December 3, 2015
SHF accepting health-centered
large grant applications for spring funding cycle
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting large grant applications for its spring 2016 funding cycle.
SHF will award more than $330,000 in health-centered grants in 2016.
Eligibility information and application forms are available on the SHF’s website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org and at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2016.
The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its March board meeting. At that time, the SHF Board of Directors will also vote on a proactive grant-giving project for 2016, of which more than $220,000 in funding will be directed to in the fall.
In October, the Superior Health Foundation awarded more than $275,000 in large grants, with $221,000 in funding to improve the mental health for those in the Upper Peninsula.
Since its inception in 2012, the SHF has awarded more than $750,000 in grant funding.
“We’re excited to provide invaluable health-centered funding to causes all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We encourage health-centered organizations to submit proposals, which will be carefully reviewed and acted upon by the SHF Grants Committee.”
If applying online, please attach a cover letter, a narrative detailing the project and letters of support.
Large grant checklist. Please include the following items if applying online or through the mail:
Each grant application must include the following (either attachments or part of the application if applying by mail):
> The names, offices in the organization, address, phone number, email address and business (if applicable)
> A current annual report of the organization.
> Financial statements (audited statements should be provided if available) for the two most current years and a year-to-date unaudited financial statement for the current year. Organizations with less than two years of operating history should submit financial statements since inception and a two-year budget. Major sources of organizational support and endowments, if any, must be shown.
> A signed copy of the most recent IRS Form 990 Tax Return, if required to be filed by the applicant. City, state and federal government agencies or subsections should submit their tax letter or affiliation letter signed by the appropriate supervisor or financial officer in lieu of IRS Form 990.
> Qualified public charities must submit a copy of their most recent letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service a certification that tax exempt status has not changed and there are no facts or circumstances known that may result in a change of status. The letter should state:
> That the organization is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or government entity); and that the organization is “not a private foundation” under Section 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters from partnering agencies are acceptable.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Munising awarded $1,744.85 for partnering with SHF
The Superior Health Foundation awarded Munising Public Schools with a check for $1,744.85, representing a portion of the proceeds raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink in October to help replenish the SHF Breast Health Fund. SHF partnered with Munising Public Schools on the month-long event, with the signature event occurring on Friday, Oct. 9, when Munising hosted Bark River-Harris in a homecoming varsity football game. There, pink merchandise was sold and Mustang pink player jerseys were auctioned off. Munising plans on using the funding to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for the school. Pictured, back row from left, are Katie Anderson, student council advisor; Mustang varsity players Brent Brock, Mikey Graves, Brett Johnson and Corey Cotey. Front row, DeeJay Paquette, Munising Public Schools athletic director; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Tom Luckey, a member of the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors who lives in Munising. Painting the Peninsula Pink, sponsored by Honor Credit Union, raised $12,534.47 during the month. These dollars will help patients all across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Peninsula schools interested in partnering with SHF next year and beyond are encouraged to email SHF at email@example.com.
Superior Health Foundation hosts fall grants celebration
Health-centered non-profit organization awards more than $275,000
in large grants to organizations across the U.P.
Rebecca Crane, chief executive officer of Dial Help, addresses the crowd as Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, looks on. Dial Help received a $150,000 grant to expand suicide prevention efforts in the Upper Peninsula.
The large grant recipients gather for photo.
At the event, the SHF also recognized 14 mini-grant recipients since the spring program.
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MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $275,000 in health-centered large grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
The Superior Health Foundation, a conversion foundation formed following the sale of Marquette General Health System to for-profit Duke LifePoint in September 2012, gave out more than $54,000 in large grants along with $221,000 in funding to improve the mental health for those in the Upper Peninsula.
The mental health wellness initiative is the Foundation’s second proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors. In 2014, the Foundation awarded more than $217,000 to improve Oral Health For Children in the U.P.
“The Superior Health Foundation is excited to award large grant funding to a number of deserving causes and organizations across the region,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We’re particularly pleased with the mental health component … we received eight outstanding mental health grants and we feel we chose projects that will help enhance much-needed mental health services in the Upper Peninsula.
“The second largest grant in our three-year history was awarded to an organization to expend upon its services to serve a wider geographic region in the U.P.,” LaJoie added. “That’s very exciting.”
At the awards celebration, the Superior Health Foundation also recognized 14 organizations across the Upper Peninsula who received mini grants, totaling nearly $21,000, since the Spring Grants Celebration held in April.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re pleased to award large grants to health-centered organizations, both big and small, across the U.P.,” said Daniel Arnold, 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. These grants certainly align with that mission and address our intent of improving the lives of people across the U.P.”
The Superior Health Foundation awarded large grants to the following:
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, $2,740: GLRC is collaborating with Heritage Hills to provide group equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to youth as an alternative path to recovery.
- Lake Superior State Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie, $10,097: This grant is for simulation-based education. Funds are requested to purchase Difficult Airway Task Trainers and equipment that will provide realistic practice for certification.
- Michigan State College of Human Medicine, $10,000: This provides funding for tuition support for medical students (preferably from the Upper Peninsula) to reduce the burden of educational debt, thus encouraging UP medical school graduates to return to their home communities to practice.
- Northern Michigan University, $7,500: This funding will expand continuing education to professionals in the health care field by developing and delivering programming to disadvantaged K-12 students from rural remote areas and engage in community mobilization at the county level to assist communities in solving their health care access issues.
- Regents of the University of Michigan, $10,000: Project Healthy Schools provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. PHS proposes implementing the program in up to four middle schools in the U.P., teaching youth healthy habits and creating healthy school environments that support sustainable behavior change. Already, Ishpeming and Newberry were selected.
- Trillium House, $5,000: To provide affordable access to hospice care for patients and families in a Marquette and surrounding counties through a welcoming and safe home. Fundraising is currently being done to build Trillium House in the U.P.
- YMCA of Marquette County, $5,000: The funding will be used to expand chronic disease programming and interventions by facility expansion and training more instructors.
- Western U.P. Health Department, Hancock, $4,000: This grant will address obesity through the Choose Healthy U.P. program that will promote a cultural shift in treatment. Funds will be used to foster a healthy community.
In the area of Mental Health Wellness grants, the SHF proudly awarded $220,975 to four organizations:
- Dial Help (Houghton), $150,000: Project aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness by providing mental health and suicide prevention education, training and outreach U.P.-wide. It has partnered with U.P. local health departments and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions to ensure that this project reaches all 15 counties in the UP. It proposes to hire an Outreach Coordinator to 1) create local suicide prevention alliances with health departments and unite them, 2) provide suicide prevention training across the U.P., 3) increase awareness of mental health issues and 4) expand and share a U.P. referral database of resources.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc., (Ishpeming), $40,000: This grant will help fund a U.P.-wide “Mental Health First Aid” initiative. The U.P. would be broken down into three regions which would each be guided by an advisory/navigation board made up of leaders in the mental health industry and community leaders. These advisory teams would help identify mental health needs within the region and give “leads” to the instructors/navigators of that region. GLRC would provide a project coordinator to oversee the regions.
- Pathways (Marquette), $20,975: This grant is to establish a clubhouse for adults with severe mental illness. This would be a community-based program in which meaningful work opportunities drive the need for member participation, creating an environment where empowerment, relationship-building, skill development and related competencies are gained. Pathways will collaborate with other organizations to make this a reality.
- Northcare Network (Marquette), $10,000: The Integrated Healthcare Project is focused on the seriously mentally ill Medicaid population who is shared with UPHP members who have a high risk score indicating at risk of occurring high cost medical care, and a diagnosis that also puts them at risk for their future wellness. Project focuses on using population analytics to identify these consumers, and then actively plan to coordinate care between the behavioral health providers, the physical care providers and the Medicaid health plan.
Sheri Davie, chair of the SHF Grants Committee and member of the SHF Board of Directors, said the Foundation elected to provide substantial funding resources to Dial Help for a number of reasons.
“The Superior Health Foundation convened a Mental Health Roundtable early in the summer and this concept really rose to the top of the list during the discussion,” Davie said. “The project is U.P. wide, it’s impactful, it’s collaborative, and most important, it’s necessary. We’re thrilled to play a leading role with a large grant to expand the good things that Dial Help has done in the past.”
Rebecca Crane, executive director of Dial Help, said the SHF grant will play an instrumental role in expanding much-needed services to a population who sorely needs it.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity through the Superior Health Foundation to address suicide prevention across the entire Upper Peninsula,” Crane said. “Every suicide is a devastating loss within our small, rural communities and it is clear that the U.P. has some of the highest risk communities in the state of Michigan.
“Partnering with local public health and other organizations across the area will allow us to increase awareness, provide education and training, establish local coalitions and unite the U.P. with a dynamic, proactive regional coalition for suicide prevention.”
The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors will begin reviewing proactive grant options for 2016 at its January meeting.
The SHF will begin accepting applications for its Spring 2016 grants cycle in mid-December, with a deadline set for Jan. 15, 2016.
For more information on the Superior Health Foundation, visit its website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 906-225-6914.
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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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NEWS: August 13th, 2015
SHF awards nearly $9,400 in mini grants in second quarter of 2015, Grants benefit eight organizations across U.P.
The Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,378.77 in mini-grant funding during the second quarter of 2015 (April through June). Mini-grants through SHF are designed for projects that have an immediate, positive and long-lasting effect on the health and well-being of residents in the Upper Peninsula. They are intended to provide funding for small, innovative, health-centered projects in the U.P. Representatives from four of the non-profits recently accepted their grant monies from SHF. Pictured, in the photo, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Matt Croschere and Amy Poirier of Great Lakes Recovery Centers; Ann Constance of UPDON; Kevin Carr of JJ Packs; and Dennis Farney of NMU Hoop House. To apply for mini-grant funding, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,378.77 in mini-grant funding during the second quarter of 2015 (April through June).
Mini-grants through SHF are designed for projects that have an immediate, positive and long-lasting effect on the health and well-being of residents in the Upper Peninsula. They are intended to provide funding for small, innovative, health-centered projects in the U.P.
The SHF gives out $25,000 annually in mini-grants, with the maximum allowed under policy being $2,500. In addition, SHF set aside $10,000 in January as a board-designated fund to provide funding for medical equipment requests under $2,500.
“We are delighted to again provide funding to organizations with needs that clearly align with our mission,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation.
SHF’s mission is to “assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.” On-line and downloadable mini-grant application forms are available on the SHF website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. Mini-grants are awarded monthly.
Receiving mini-grants in the quarter, including the amount and project description, are:
- JJ Pack Program through Marquette Area Public Schools, $1,398.00: The program is designed to address the issue of hunger for MAPS’ neediest children by sending them home each weekend with a pack of nutritious meals and snacks. SHF provided funding to sponsor two full weeks of the program. “This grant helped us make a more sustainable program,” said Kevin Carr of the JJ Pack Program. “We’re really big about doing what we’re doing now correctly before we expand too big. Our ultimate goal is to catch K (kindergarten) through 12, but right now we’re at k-5. We can look at helping more children out there.”
- NMU Hoop House, $500: The NMU Hoop House Project aims to expand the local food system, increase food security and promote access to healthy, fresh food for everyone. The funds were used to purchase a proper wash basin away from the house itself with running water and waste receptacles. “Without this grant, we wouldn’t have been able to get the materials to build the outdoor wash base,” said Dennis Farney of the NMU Hoop House. “It’s really easy to clean, easy to use and easy to winterize. We’re working together and able to increase productivity and bring all the fruits and vegetables to local food pantries and other non-profits. A big thing that we are including now is Teaching Family Homes. They look forward to getting salads.”
- Ignace Area Schools, $200: Funding was provided for the “Exercise is Enjoyable” Program to get students exercising. The funds were used to purchase equipment, such as jump ropes, hula hoops, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, $1,502: Funding was used to purchase recovery-related literature to assist in the rehabilitation of clients in the Men’s New Hope House in Sault Ste. Marie. “Ultimately, this literature helps the clients and helps our staff do their jobs better,” said Matt Croschere, GLRC Foundation Coordinator. “They now have the appropriate tools to give the clients the resources needed to stay sober and lead a productive life in the U.P.”
- Marquette Alternative High School, $500: Used to help support transportation, food and lodging expenses for costs associated for the “She Believed Program’s field trip to Washington, D.C. with all female students and staff. The funding was directed to provide healthy snacks for the trip.
- NMU-DNP Program, $650: Funds were used to purchase 75 copies of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” book and additional educational materials for providers. The books will be prescribed to patients suffering mild to moderate depression. This project supports bibliotherapy, i.e. the prescription of books as a treatment for mental disorders.
- Hearthside Assisted Living in St. Ignace, $2,478.75: Full funding was awarded to create an Intergenerational Therapeutic Horticulture Project in which students and residents work together to plan, facilitate and maintain a garden project. Funds will be used to construct raised garden beds, a greenhouse and to purchase gardening equipment.
- Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), $2,150: Full funding was awarded to make a video, purchase advertising, create handouts and pay for travel expenses to Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties to help enhance the use of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Program (MNT). The program is a free benefit (no co-pay and no deductible for those with Medicare) and has shown to lower blood glucose levels better than most medications, especially in newly diagnosed diabetes patients. “We know that fewer than 1 % of people with diabetes in the senior age range receive that benefit and it’s basically a free benefit … a phenomenal service to lower A1C levels, glucose levels,” said Ann Constance, director of UPDON. “This grant has really enabled us to do a few things. One is we canvas the area to know exactly where medical nutrition therapy is offered throughout our region. We’ve met with people in Baraga, in the Keweenaw and in Houghton County, too, because that’s where most of our efforts are going to go.”
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org 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.
SHF Spring Grants Celebration:
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.
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.
SHF Board of Directors President Dan Arnold, MD, addresses the Springs Grants Celebration gathering at the Holiday Inn.
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give/
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
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
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 superiorhealthfoundation.org for more information on the Breast Health Fund.
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!
2014 SHF Mini Grant Recipients
SHF Major Grant Recipients Gathers for a photo
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.
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.
Nabil Reyes of Calumet, awaiting his appointment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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…
SHF presents gala proceeds money to GLRC:
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org to apply.
SHF awards mini-grant funding to:
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 906-225-6914.
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
Superior 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.