Superior Health Foundation

SHF awards Pink dollars to Marquette County Health Department


Following an incredibly successful Painting the Peninsula Pink in October 2019, the Superior Health Foundation proudly awarded $22,368 to the Marquette County Health Department on Wednesday to be used for the SHF Breast Health Fund.

From left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Brianna Mileski, RN BSN, Community Health Division Director; and Jerry Messana, Health Officer for the MCHD. The Marquette County Health Department serves as the fiduciary of the fund.

This past fall, SHF partnered with West Iron County schools in Iron River on the month-long Panting the Peninsula Pink, proudly presented by Shamco, Inc. in Iron River. Thanks to the generous support of many U.P.-wide day sponsors, a number of incredible businesses and charitable gifts from the public, Painting the Peninsula Pink netted more than $24,000 – a record. A portion of the net proceeds went back to WIC schools to purchase an ice machine for its athletic department.

The SHF Breast Health Fund is available to both men and women across the Upper Peninsula to help with out-of-pocket breast health expenses not otherwise covered by insurance.

To learn more about supporting this fund with a charitable gift or apply for breast health funding, simply visit https://superiorhealthfoundation.org/fu…/breast-health-fund/

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Today, we send out a tremendous Thank You to Aspirus Hospital & Clinics for agreeing to be a Gala Champion ($5,000) sponsor for our Ninth Annual Gala on Sept. 12 in the Northern Center at NMU. SHF is forming a wonderful relationship with Aspirus and this show of sponsorship support is a testament of that trust. There are good things on the horizon. Thank you Aspirus for believing in our cause and offering your support! We are tremendously thankful! Awesome!
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ConnectUP Rides to Wellness Program is up and running

Rides to Wellness is a comprehensive non-emergency medical transportation
(NEMT) program.
Michigan Transportation Connection (MTC) received a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation to build a service in all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula to provide transportation for NEMT. This process involves finding transportation providers to provide the service and funding partners to make it sustainable beyond the two-year grant period.
To date (Feb. 18), six counties (Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft) have providers. In those counties, several partners are making referrals for rides. Every day, more providers and partners are being added, which allows expansion to additional counties.
At this time, ConnectUP anticipates its next level of service expansion, by summer 2020, to include Alger, Dickinson, Houghton, Menominee and Ontonagon Counties. Project expansion to the remaining counties (Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Marquette) is expected to occur by fall.
Rides to Wellness is only available to clients who are connected with one of the Rides to Wellness partners.
There is service to non-emergency medical appointments in-state and out-of-state.
For more information and to find what services are available in your area, call 1-844-532-7433 (press 1) or email mtctransit@gmail.com.
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Superior Health Foundation
Today, the Superior Health Foundation was in beautiful Dickinson County where it did a pair of educational presentations. Lynn Hill and I thank the good folks in Iron Mountain and Kingsford for their hospitality and kindness. It was a great day!