Superior Health Foundation hosts fall grants celebration

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.

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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 pediatric obesity initiative is the Foundation’s third proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $220,000 to improve the mental health wellness of residents in the Upper Peninsula and in 2014 awarded more than $217,000 to improve Oral Health For Children in the U.P.

“The Superior Health Foundation is elated to award large grant funding to many health-centered organizations across the U.P. with projects that align with our mission,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We’re particularly pleased with the pediatric obesity proactive grant awarded. The SHF grants committee reviewed four outstanding proposals that addressed pediatric obesity. We feel strongly it chose a project that will help enhance much-needed pediatric services across the entire Upper Peninsula.”

LaJoie added that $299,975 was awarded to one organization to fully fund an exciting pediatric obesity initiative.

“This grant award signifies the largest grant in our four-year history,” he said. “Pediatric obesity is an epidemic across the country and we are seeing the effects of this in the Upper Peninsula. We’re thrilled to award these dollars to help efforts to reduce childhood obesity and improve the lives of our children.”

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.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment made entirely possible by a dedicated, visionary board of directors and a team that is second to none,” LaJoie said. “It’s a proud moment in our history, but our work in improving the lives of people across the U.P. is only beginning. We look forward to an exciting future.”

At the awards celebration, the Superior Health Foundation recognized 19 organizations across the Upper Peninsula who received mini grants.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re pleased to award these grants to health-centered organizations, both big and small, 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. 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:

  • Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) – Escanaba, $7,500: CUPPAD will continue to build upon its work by conducting outreach that surfaces new models of collaboration and broadens the stakeholder base, expanding on success of their conference last year, expanding on their website content, attracting more funding for projects showcased at their U.P. Health Strategies Conference, and attracting sustainability for U.P. health strategy efforts.
  • Holy Name Catholic School – Escanaba, $4,220: Holy Name Catholic School will use the money to train 21 faculty and 23 support staff in Heart Saver/CPR/AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogen and EpiPen safety in efforts to provide their staff with information and the skills needed to help adults and children during emergency situations.
  • Lake Superior Hospice – Marquette, $2,925: The Community Care program utilizes care to support those living with serious illness, but are not sick enough for home health or hospice. It focuses on providing the individual patient and their family with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, and support for the caregiver(s). The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the person and the family, but it is not a service covered by insurance at this time. The grant is to be used to fund educational brochures, provider brochures and enhance website development for the program.
  • Michigamme Township Fitness Committee – Michigamme, $7,022: The Michigamme Township Fitness Committee will develop a fitness area within the Michigamme Township building to enhance the health and general well-being of the township residents. The funding will purchase a NuStep Machine and a Rowing Machine for the facility.
  • Trillium House – Marquette, $11,200: Trillium House is a hospice home in the Central U.P that will serve elderly patients who need a safe, welcoming, and respectful place to live life to the fullest until they pass on. SHF provided funding to purchase eight oxygen concentrators which will be placed in each room in the event of medical emergency.
  • Upper Peninsula Alllied Health Education Corporation (UPAHEC) – Marquette, $4,400: The UPAHEC will expand health care education to the U.P. by recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in the Upper Peninsula, develop and deliver programming to disadvantaged K-12 students from rural areas, and engage the community in healthcare issues. SHF provided funding to help purchase education materials.

In the area of Pediatric Obesity, the SHF proudly used a matching grant of $50,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to position itself for a $299,975 grant to:

  • Michigan State University (East Lansing), in partnership with Michigan Tech University, Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University, $299,975: In 2007, Michigan State University implemented a project called (S)Partners for Health, which is a web-based nutrition and physical activity program for obesity prevention and promoting health in 5th grade public school students and their parents. This collaboration project aims to generate valuable insights on health behaviors and health status of U.P. children and parents, and ultimately will contribute to preventing or improving obesity and other health risks in children and families in the UP. Also, it will provide insight on new additions to the (S)Partner program including the virtual mentor and texting components. In addition, it will provide valuable academic service learning experiences for future allied health professionals and physicians, which contributes to reduced delivery costs, sustainability and dissemination throughout the UP.

Sheri Davie, chair of the SHF Grants Committee and member of the SHF Board of Directors, said the Foundation elected to provide full funding to the MSU project because it addressed all of the key areas the grants committee looks for in a proposal.

“This initiative rose to the top of the list during the discussion,” Davie said. “The committee was unanimous in selecting this project. We applaud the collaboration among four universities and the thought process that went into such a well-conceived and exciting project. We’re excited to see this project take shape and anticipate positive results in addressing pediatric obesity.”

Joe Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radiology; College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, said the SHF grant will play an instrumental role in expanding much-needed services to a population who needs it.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the Superior Health Foundation and faculty and students from NMU, MTU, LSSU and public schools (and other existing stakeholders) to implement Spartners in the UP.,” Carlson said. “Our primary goal is to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors to promote overall health, and reduce obesity and other health risks in children and families.

“An integral part of programming that is a ‘win- win’ for cost and sustainability includes the incorporation of college students (allied health professionals, pre-medical or medical students) in service learning electives,” he added. “These future health professionals will serve on the measurement team or the intervention team (program lessons and web-based goal setting and tracking).  Lifestyle behavior and cardiovascular risk factor assessments will be performed before and after programming. This data will provide insights for parents and their children for guiding program goals and evaluate program effectiveness.”

bcbsm-foundation-logoAdded Nora Maloy, director of programs for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation: “The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is delighted to partner with the Superior Health Foundation in an effort to improve children’s health. We expect this grant to significantly impact the children of the U.P. via a multi-prong approach, including education, outreach and the use of university mentors.”

The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors will begin reviewing proactive grant options for 2017 at its January meeting.

The SHF will accept applications for its Spring 2017 grants cycle in mid-December, with a deadline set for Jan. 15, 2017.

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Munising Public Schools purchases AED with pink proceeds from 2015

Last year, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with Munising High School on Painting the Peninsula Pink. A portion of the net proceeds from day sponsorships and the revenue raised from pink merchandise was donated back to Munising Public Schools to be used for a health-centered project. With the funding, Munising purchased an automatic external defibrillator to have on hand at sporting events in the event a fan or player goes into cardiac arrest. Pictured, with the new equipment, from left, are SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie, Mustang captains Corey Cotey and Alec Blank, and Munising Athletic Director Dee Jay Paquette. SHF thanks Munising and its students and supporters for being a terrific partner in 2015!

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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
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SHF, SAIL gearing up for annual gala!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHF accepting mini-grant proposals, equipment fund established

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

Students, neighborhood groups, local clubs, non-profits, and anyone within the Upper Peninsula who wishes to improve the quality of life in their community are encouraged to apply. Students need an adult sponsor.

The SHF may provide up to $25,000 in funds from its grants budget for distribution, with the maximum grant amount to be awarded being $2,500. Selection will be contingent upon funds available and how well proposals meet the criteria of benefiting the broader region. Mini grants are accepted through the year and are awarded monthly.

New in 2015, SHF has set aside an additional $10,000 in its annual grants budget to provide funding for health-centered equipment purchases of $2,500 or less.

“The Superior Health Foundation Grants Committee, after reviewing a number of mini-grant applications in 2014, recognized a real need for equipment purchases that align with our mission,” said SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie. “The SHF Board of Directors acted upon and approved the committee’s recommendation.”

Mini-grants need to be used for charitable health-centered purposes and be consistent with SHF’s mission, LaJoie said, which is “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”

Other factors which may be taken into consideration include: if the project is health-centered; if the project is new and creative; if the project has visible and lasting benefits for the region; the number of citizens benefited by the project; and the amount of support the project has from other businesses, groups or individuals.

Information and application forms can be found on the Superior Health Foundation website home page at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. Applications can be filled out on-line or printed and sent/faxed (906-225-6916) to the SHF.

If mailed, send to Superior Health Foundation, 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855. For more information, contact the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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Superior Health Foundation seeking golf partner for 2015

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Are you a non-profit with a health-centered mission? If so, the Superior Health Foundation is interested in partnering with you on an upcoming event.

The Superior Health Foundation annual fundraising golf event will be held this summer (time and date to be announced shortly) at the Red Fox Run Golf Course in Gwinn. Proceeds from the golf scramble will benefit SHF and a health-centered non-profit in the Upper Peninsula that’s carefully chosen by the SHF Special Events Committee and endorsed by the SHF Board of Directors.

In 2014, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with the Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network to raise funds for Camp STAR, a weekend bereavement camp at Bay Cliff Health Camp for children across the Upper Peninsula who have experienced the painful loss of a loved one. The event raised $18,000, with half of the proceeds going to fully fund Camp STAR in 2014.

In 2013, the SHF partnered with the Superior Alliance For Independent Living (SAIL). More than $15,000 was raised, with half of the net proceeds being awarded to SAIL to purchase kayaks and adaptive seats, enabling those with disabilities the opportunity to kayak all across the U.P.

The Special Events Committee will screen submissions and will give high priority to health-centered initiatives or projects (under $10,000) that benefit a large geographic population across the U.P.

The Superior Health Foundation will accept applications through Friday, February 6, 2015, with the intent of selecting a non-profit project by mid-February. An application form is available on the home page of the Superior Health Foundation website (www.superiorhealthfoundation.org). Applications can be filled out on-line, faxed to 906-225-6916 or submitted via mail to the Superior Health Foundation, Attn: Executive Director, 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.

The Superior Health Foundation is proud and honored to stand alongside other health-centered non-profits as we strive to improve the care of the underserved of the Upper Peninsula.

Those with questions are asked to call the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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SHF awards mini-grant funding to Marquette Care Clinic

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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

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Superior Health Foundation accepting grant proposals to improve children’s oral health

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The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting grant proposals to improve oral health for children across the Upper Peninsula.

In May, the Superior Health Foundation hosted an Upper Peninsula Children’s Oral Health Summit in Marquette. More than 60 people, including many dental health professionals from across the U.P., provided insight and invaluable feedback to improve oral health for children.

Following the summit, 16 volunteers, including three dentists, a public health medical director and other dental health stakeholders, participated in an Oral Health Design Team that has met several times to discuss the criteria and offer feedback into the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The Superior Health Foundation will award more than $200,000 in grant dollars this fall to this cause, which was identified by its Board of Directors as the first proactive grant project it wanted to support.

“We’re delighted to be in this position. Poor dental health is the most common chronic disease among children and this silent epidemic exists in the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation supports the vision that we can eradicate oral disease in children and improve oral health for a lifetime.”

A complete grant application overview and eligibility requirements, including links to the grant application, narrative template, work plan template and evaluation template are available on the SHF home page at www.superiorhealthfoundaiton.org. Application forms are also available in the SHF office, located at 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Forms can either be filled out online, downloaded and mailed to the SHF or hand delivered. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.

Award winners will be notified on Friday, Sept. 26, and will be invited to a fall grants program in late October.

For more information, contact LaJoie in the SHF at 906-225-6914.

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SHF Organ Donation Fund helps Calumet resident

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Nabil in Madison2.JPGCALUMET – No one has to tell Nabil Reyes of Calumet the importance of the Organ Donation Fund offered through the Superior Health Foundation.

Recently, the 33-year-old kidney transplant patient needed to travel to the University of Wisconsin in Madison to meet with the transplant team to be considered for a new kidney.

A native of Puerto Rico but a resident of the Upper Peninsula since 2011, Reyes has been unable to work due to his health issues and is awaiting Social Security eligibility.

Encouraged by a friend, Reyes applied for funding through the Superior Health Foundation’s Run For Life Organ Donation Fund and was awarded $750. That money covered the cost of several nights lodging in Madison, along with mileage and meal expenses for the trip.

“We are so thankful. You have no idea what you have done for him,” said family friend Craig Nuottila, who accompanied Reyes on the trip. “He was so stressed about this trip and how to afford it…. a hard thing to do with no income. He is very relieved to have the trip done and over with. He couldn’t have done it without you.”

Reyes is now awaiting word on whether he is a candidate for a new kidney.

The Superior Health Foundation’s Run for Life Organ Donation Fund assists qualifying organ transplant patients and organ donors in the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket expenses.

The Run for Life Organ Donation Fund is set up to assist organ transplant patients with medical costs, prescription and mileage expenses, as well as assist potential organ donors with travel expenses. All monies will stay in the Upper Peninsula.

The fund was borne out of the volunteer work done by Amy Harju of Marquette, who organized the inaugural Run For Life walk/run in the summer of 2012. The event has now evolved into an annual event, with this year’s Run For Life scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette (see www.uprunforlife.com/About_Me.html to learn more).

The Superior Health Foundation acts as the charitable fundraising arm for U.P. Run For Life.

SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie said part of the Foundation’s mission is to assist residents of the Upper Peninsula with unmet healthcare needs and organ donation and the lives it saves fits into the mission.

“The Superior Health Foundation supports organ donation and applauds the efforts of U.P. Run For Life,” he said. “It recognizes the need to help alleviate the costs eligible transplant patients and donors may occur.”

Criteria for the Organ Donation Fund, as well as an online application form, can be found on the SHF website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. The maximum annual award for transplant patients is $1,000, with the maximum annual award for organ donors being $500.

If interested in supporting the fund with a philanthropic gift, please visit the Superior Health Foundation website or call 906-225-6914.

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