SHF begins accepting health-centered grant applications for first funding cycle

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APPLICATION DEADLINE OF JULY 1 HAS NOW EXPIRED

The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its full grant cycle, which begins in the Fall 2014.

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 health-centered grant funding this fall, with approximately two-thirds of that amount directed to improving oral health for children in the Upper Peninsula.

Eligibility information and application forms are available by clicking here and at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014.

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 board of directors are thrilled to be in position to provide invaluable health-centered funding to causes 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. That mission may include supporting (a) the unmet healthcare needs of the indigent and uninsured; (b) healthcare education programs; (c) supporting programs and research which have the primary purpose of preventing and reducing illness and disease; and (d) other programs to promote the health, education and welfare of the community.

Following this first grant cycle, the SHF will award grant funding each year in the spring and fall.

Online Grant Application

Grant Application PDF

For more information, contact the SHF at 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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Superior Health Foundation supports U.P. Children’s Museum, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and OSF

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Check presentation for April 2014 non-profit winners.JPGThe 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. The event, open to fourth, fifth and six graders across the U.P., will provide young people in attendance the fuel to make good healthy choices when it comes to snacks because healthy kids make healthy choices.  It also approved the awarding of $1,500 to OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba to help purchase an ADA-approved pulley system with wheelchair accessibility for a new rehab center to be built at the hospital. Shown in the check presentation, from left, are Laura Jarvi, Superior Health Foundation; Bruce Seely, PhD., SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, SHF; Sheri Davie, SHF Board of Directors; Nheena Ittner, director of the U.P. Children’s Museum; Shelby Bischoff, SHF Board of Directors; and Ross Underwood of Jilbert Dairy. To submit a mini-grant application for health-centered projects to the SHF, please visit the home page of www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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SHF supports Heritage Hills Horseback Riding

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Check presentation to Heritage Hills1.JPGJoni Gleason, second from left, of Heritage Hills Horseback Riding in Ishpeming, accepts a mini-grant for $1,650 from the Superior Health Foundation to pay for a three-day, Part 1 certification training course in Chicago under the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning model (EAGALA). Gleason and Susan LaFreniere, far left, ACSW, CGP, have teamed up to focus on equine-assisted counseling and therapy to treat people with various mental disorders. Also pictured are Jim LaJoie and Laura Jarvi, representing the Superior Health Foundation. The Superior Health Foundation welcomes mini-grant requests for health-centered projects. To learn more and apply, visit the home page of www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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Superior Health Foundation supports 5 causes with mini-grants

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The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to announce that four health-centered organizations from across the region are the recipients of more than $7,300 in mini-grant monies awarded in January.

“We’re very pleased to get our mini grants up in running, but we’re even more pleased to put dollars into the hands of organizations that need philanthropic funding for a number of very worthwhile programs,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation is committed to awarding $25,000 in annual mini grants, so this is a wonderful way to kick off our gift-giving.”

Receiving mini grants in January from the SHF are:

  • AMCAB: It was awarded $2,100 to purchase seven health-a-meters to help combat childhood obesity in its Head Start program. This will help staff properly assess heights and weights of children. AMCAB is a multi-purpose non-profit human service organization in Alger and Marquette Counties.
  • AMCAB: It was also awarded $1,250 to help provide more than 350 emergency meals to be distributed to senior clients in Marquette and Alger counties this winter.
  • Dickinson County Health Care System Diabetes Clinic: It was awarded $500 to help cover the costs of a scholarship program for diabetes patients in Dickinson-Iron Counties and neighboring patients from Wisconsin who do not have insurance and cannot afford diabetes services.
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers: It was awarded $1,971.36 to purchase one adult/pediatric 500 defibrillator, two adult defibrillators and one Li500 lithium battery. The adult/pediatric SED will be used at the New Hope House for Women in Sault Ste. Marie.  The two 500 AEDs will be used at the Adult Residential Services and Youth Residential Services in Marquette, and the New Hope House for Men in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Marquette County: It was awarded $1,500 to help offset mileage reimbursements to Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program volunteers. Funds will provide $500 in mileage reimbursement for transportation drivers each month for April, May and June.

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

“SHF, since its formation in September 2012, has been striving to support health-centered projects in the region,” said Sheri Davie, a member of the SHF Board of Directors who chairs the Community Needs and Grants Committee. “We’re happy to be in position to help deserving causes across 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula.  This is just the beginning of wonderful things to come.”

The Superior Health Foundation will begin awarding grants in the Fall 2014. Grant proposal information will be available in the spring.

SHF welcomes mini-grant applications from all across the Upper Peninsula. If interested in submitting a mini-grant proposal to SHF, visit the SHF homepage at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org for information and an application. Applications are also available at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. For more information, call 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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Superior Health Foundation grants to DCHS Diabetes Clinic

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The Superior Health Foundation has awarded a $500 mini-grant to the Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) Diabetes Clinic to help provide diabetes education to people of all ages throughout Dickinson-Iron Counties. It will also be used for education for participants who have pre-diabetes, of which there is currently no reimbursement for this diagnosis. SHF presented the check in Iron Mountain. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Yelich, RN, CDE, of the DCHS Diabetes Clinic; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Bill Verrette of Iron Mountain, who sits on the SHF Board of Directors. The Superior Health Foundation is accepting requests for mini-grants.

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Superior Health Foundation awards mini grant to Omega House

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The Superior Health Foundation has awarded $1,000 to the Omega House in Houghton to be used for the Teen Retreat – Healthy Coping with Change and Loss,” a one-day retreat geared toward kids who have experienced the loss of loved ones in their lives. The gift will serve as a sponsorship to cover the fees for Dr. Larry Skendzel, who is serving as the retreat facilitator and leader. Pictured, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Shelby Bischoff, a member of the Community Needs and Grants Committee and part of the SHF Board of Directors; and Rev. Christine Bohnsack, a board member representing Omega House. (Photo courtesy of SHF).

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Superior Health Foundation supports 3 causes with mini-grants

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The Superior Health Foundation awarded nearly $1,900 in mini grants to three health-centered organizations from across the region in February.

The Superior Health Foundation is committed to awarding $25,000 in annual mini grants.

Receiving mini grants in February from the SHF are:

  • Omega House in Houghton: It was awarded $1,000 to go toward the Teen Retreat – Healthy Coping with Change and Loss,” a one-day retreat geared toward kids who have experienced the loss of loved ones in their lives. The gift will serve as a sponsorship to cover the fees for Dr. Larry Skendzel, who is serving as the retreat facilitator and leader.
  • Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula: It was awarded $774 to fully purchase and implement a teen survey in Alger County to focus resources and galvanize support for implementing primary prevention programs to address substance use and abuse among Alger County youth.
  • Tri-County Safe Harbor in Escanaba: It was awarded $100 to help with expenses associated with providing services to men, women and children who are the victims of sexual and/or domestic violence in Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee Counties.

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

It will begin awarding grants in the Fall 2014. Grant proposal information will be available in late spring.  SHF welcomes mini-grant applications from all across the Upper Peninsula. If interested in submitting a mini-grant proposal to SHF, visit the SHF homepage at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org for information and an application. Applications are also available at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. For more information, call 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

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Superior Health Foundation establishes Run For Life Organ Donation Fund

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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.

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 8, at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette (see www.uprunforlife.com/About_Me.html to learn more).

Harju is a kidney transplant recipient who received the Gift of Life from a very close friend nearly a decade ago.

“I’m living proof, along with many others, that organ donation is a second chance at a healthy life,” Harju said. “Knowing the importance of organ donation, I’ve always wanted to do something to help promote it along with celebrating the gift of life.”

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.”

U.P. Run For Life partnered with the Marquette Royales junior hockey team in December on a Skate for Life fundraiser to add to the fund.

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.

Fill out the Online Application 

Download the Run for Life Application

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Superior Health Foundation adds to its Board of Directors – Bruce Seely, Ph.D., of Michigan Tech joins board

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seelyThe Superior Health Foundation has added a new director to its Board of Directors.

SHF welcomes Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D., the Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts at Michigan Tech University, to its board.

A resident of Houghton, Dr. Seely receives his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from St. Lawrence University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in History of Technology from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Seely is the founding co-editor in Chief of the journal Comparative Technology Transfer and Society. He served as the Program Director for Science and Technology Studies at the National Science Foundation for two years; was a member and co-chair of the History Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council for nine years; and was the secretary of the Society for the History of Technology for six years.

Dr. Seely looks forward to serving on the SHF Board of Directors.

“Professional activities at Michigan Tech and personal and ethical viewpoints have in recent years impressed upon me the need to address the challenges of improving access to quality medical care,” he said. “I’m impressed by the Foundation’s commitment to tackling those challenges and excited about advancing the Foundation’s plans to address such vital issues for many living in the U.P.”

In his spare time, Dr. Seely enjoys reading History, science fiction and current events.

With the addition of Dr. Seely, the SHF Board of Directors consists of 10 members: President Dr. Daniel Arnold of Marquette; Vice President Dr. Michael Coyne of Marquette; Secretary, Shelby Bischoff of Big Bay; and directors Bob Cowell of Big Bay, Sheri Davie of Negaunee, Gary LaPlant of Gladstone, John Marshall of Marquette, Carolyn Severson of Champion and Bill Verrette of Iron Mountain.

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SHF Partnering with Camp STAR on Annual Golf Outing

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The Superior Health Foundation is proud to announce that it will partner with Camp STAR on its annual golf outing, scheduled for Sunday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at the Wawonowin Country Club in West Ishpeming. Camp STAR is a bereavement camp at Bay Cliff Health Camp for children ages 8-16 years old who have experienced the death of a loved one, parent, sibling, friend, or grandparent. We look forward to putting on a terrific golf event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for event ($2,500), prize ($1,500) and food ($1,000). The entry fee will be $75 a person. Net proceeds will be split evenly between SHF and Camp STAR! Completed registration forms can be faxed to SHF at 906-225-6916 or mailed to Superior Health Foundation, 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.

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