Superior Health Foundation

Equipment Funds

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 $249 and Under

“Words cannot express how truly thankful we are for the positive response to our mini-grant request. We are especially thrilled for our customers who look forward to shopping in our store and are in need of a safe wheelchair to use. We are very blessed to live in the Upper Peninsula and have the support of organizations like The Superior Health Foundation.”

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 $250 – $499

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 $500 – $999

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 $1000 +

“The summer camp season was a success, with enough medical supplies on hand to address all treatment needs that arose. The defibrillator was also on hand for the whole time. Thank you!”

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.

Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to provide funding to public schools in the U.P. to assure lunches are available. BCBS and SHF each committed $12,500 in funding to the project.
We're pleased to report that dozens of school districts across the region have been provided funding to help them through the Covid-19 Pandemic.
There are limited dollars still remaining in the fund. If interested in applying, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Relief School Meal Funding Application.
The map below and accompanying info show the U.P. counties impacted by this funding. It goes without saying that SHF is tremendously grateful to BCBS of Michigan for engaging SHF on this incredible partnership to feed our children.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
As many of you know, the Superior Health Foundation launched the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund a week ago today to help health-centered, non-profits and organizations across the Upper Peninsula with immediate equipment, sanitary supplies and other other needs. We want to hear from you.
To date, we have funded a number of organizations across the U.P. and we want to do more. We're willing and able to talk, to listen, to help you during this unprecedented time.
To apply for funding, for up to $1,000, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button on the home page.
We also encourage you to give a charitable, tax-deductible git to help support this fund. With your generosity, we can help many, many during this time of angst and uncertainty. You can direct your gift to the area of greatest need, to masks, to cleaning supplies and to office equipment.
Thank you for your tremendous support. If you have questions or needs, simply email
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Covid-19 Update on UP Connect/Rides For Wellness for Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in the U.P.

At this time, public transit agencies across the Upper Peninsula and the MTC ConnectUP Rides To Wellness program are still operating as normal. We are still accepting trip requests and fulfilling them and will continue to do so as long as our transportation partners remain open and functioning.
As everything with the new reality we are living under the Covid-19 pandemic, this situation is fluid and can change on a daily basis. Unless transit agencies are forced to suspend operations, though, we intend to still be able to function and schedule trips.
We are seeing a lot of medical appointments cancelled, some by the medical providers and some by the riders who do not choose to venture out of their homes. We have worked with all of our providers to make sure that vehicles are properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular daily schedule, often several times per day.
We have temporarily suspended further build-out of our transportation provider network and have cut back significantly on bringing on new funding partners; however, due to the uncertainty of the current situation.
All of our MTC employees are currently working remotely from their homes.
We are hopeful that the immediate danger from the coronavirus will pass quickly and that we can resume full operations in the not-too-distant future.

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