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.
Gifts under $249 can help instill life-long healthy and safe habits by outfitting four children with helmets for summer or winter sports, or equip a retail store with two wheelchairs so all customers are able to access goods and services regardless of their mobility.
Gifts between $250 and $499 can provide a GPS-based LifeTracker to empower mentally disabled adults with independence, while allowing their loved ones the comfort of knowing that they have safely arrived at their destination. They can provide mobile first responder kits to law enforcement officials so that emergency medical treatment can begin as soon as police arrive on the scene, or place a device in the hands of five dementia or stroke patients so that they may benefit from music-based therapy for their condition.
Gifts between $500 and $999 can provide a tablet which enables a nurse to connect with a physician while providing hospice care in a patient’s home, or outfit communities and schools with exercise equipment to promote healthy lifestyles.
Gifts of more than $1,000 can equip a common area with an automated external defibrillator (AED). AEDs use simple audio and visual commands to allow every-day people to provide life-sustaining treatment until paramedics can get to the scene.