Grants at Work – Featured

In Spring 2021, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $7,500 Spring Grant to DAR Boys & Girls Club in Menominee for its Emotional Wellness Head to Toe program. 

This program builds the foundational social-emotional and health skills that help enable youth to make healthy decisions. People with better social-emotional skills report participating in fewer risk behaviors, including substance use and smoking.

Twenty-one youth participated.  Many members understood how their feelings influenced how they act. They also learned coping strategies for certain emotions and how to release anger in safe ways.

The Superior Health Foundation gave a $11,517.84 grant to Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan for its Anishinaabe E-Cigarette and JUUL Health Education Project. 

The objective of the grant was to increase knowledge and awareness on the dangers of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also known as vaping and JUUL, among students at the Hannahville’s Nah Tah Wahsh School Academy and Bark River Public Schools, parents and the broader community, and expanding policies that limit the use of ENDS (E-cigarettes, JUUL), thus leading to reduced use and improved health outcomes.

This grant allowed the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan to develop a culturally tailored ENDS educational social media campaign. The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan collaborated with the Hannahville Health Center and Nah Tah Wahsh Indian School. This collaboration made it possible for them to hold a discussion group with 47 students to gain insights on vaping beliefs and attitudes, social media use behaviors, and test social media messaging.

The discussion group guided the development of the social media posts and Instagram page.

In July 2021, the Superior Health Foundation gave a $2,500 Equipment Fund grant to Teaching Family Homes for its Telehealth Expansion project.  The grant was used to construct an additional telehealth suite to double its capacity to provide access to required health professionals.

During the course of the pandemic, other requirements (psychological therapy, other medical needs, court visits and  caseworker conferences) have been met through these tele-conference suites as well.

This enhanced the safety of youth in its care and staff that no longer had to travel long distances for these functions.

In May, SHF awarded a $1,359.99 Equipment Fund grant to Ontonagon Village Housing Commission for the purchase of exercise machines for its residents.

Because of the low annual income of the residents, they are not able to pay for a membership to a local gym or purchase their own gym equipment.  The purpose of the equipment is to help the residents become healthier, both physically and mentally, and more mobile.  The equipment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

SHF is proud to support this effort to allow citizens in that community an opportunity to exercise.

In May 2021, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,765.69 Equipment Fund grant to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice in Marquette for the purchase of durable medical equipment (DME).

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice loans out some of its DME to patients and some are rented from local providers.  During the last year, it experienced challenges getting this equipment to patients in need due to supply/demand, staffing issues with suppliers and COVID restrictions.

The grant allowed Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to purchase three bedside commodes, two bariatric bedside commodes, two bed/chair alarms, two wheelchairs with flip back, two, 20-inch wheelchairs, three shower benches and three shower chairs.

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice estimates 76 of its patients utilized DME over the last six months. 

In May 2021, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,800 Equipment Fund grant to Camp New Day for the purchase of COVID-19 supplies for its summer camp.

After some uncertainty about what camp would look like, the 2021 camp was a wonderful success.  They had 26 campers attend after each passed a COVID screening.  During the weeklong camp, there were daily temperature checks, masks and gloves were worn, and other COVID protocols were followed.

The SHF grant allowed Camp New Day to plan and execute camp without having to worry about the extra costs associated with the pandemic.  Camp New Day was able to provide a free week of summer camp in a structured environment that was caring, supportive, non-judgmental and fun.

In October 2020, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $5,000 Fall Grant to Partridge Creek Farm (PCF) in Ishpeming for its Farm-to-School Expansion project.

Students participating in the program learned about how to manufacture compost, involving both science and math in terms of volume and composition, plot design for maximum production, health and nutrition, plant identification and care, soil chemistry, seed saving and related topics. 

Thanks to the Superior Health Foundation grant, Partridge Creek Farm was able to purchase items necessary to winterize and thus expand out compost operations.  Additionally, PCF was able to purchase and install a new, safety compliant, three-bin sink and produce cooler to be able to distribute more fresh produce to the community.

PCF has increased the number of students served in the program weekly and its access to healthy produce by almost 300 percent, from 20 students last fall to 72 students this fall.

Camp UPeninsulin wrapped up its camp for children with Type-1 diabetes over the weekend at Clear Lake. The camp was a tremendous success.

According to Krysti Ostermeyer, the camp welcomed 37 children, with seven counselors and five junior counselors helping. In addition, there were six doctors on hand, including a pediatric endocrinologist, two pediatric endocrine fellows and three family medicine residents

Throughout the week, five nurses and two dietitians rotated to ensure medical help was on hand.

The Superior Health Foundation is so thankful and excited to see the camp was so successful.  SHF committed more than $5,200 in funding to Camp UPeninsulin at its golf outing in June. We think it was an incredible cause and the success of the camp certainly proved that.

Imagine, if you will, a mass casualty incident aboard one of the Pictured Rocks Tour boats. More than 40 people are injured, 10 die.

That was the challenge facing multiple agencies in the Operation Superior Shield full-scale exercise held June 16-17 in Munising.

Coordinated by the United States Coast Guard as part of its ongoing disaster planning, HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response — funded by a charitable gift from the Superior Health Foundation — was among the first agencies called upon to deploy.

The first day focused on the initial response to the injured and the stabilization of the scene aboard the tour boat. Then, local responding agencies, including the Alger County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Munising Fire Department and others, responded to the Emergency Operations Center in the Munising Fire Department.

Four HOPE canine teams and one team leader, plus HOPE’s Regional Manager and HOPE’s President as observes and evaluators, were part of that local response.

HOPE’s Mission is to provide comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crises and disasters. Deploying to the EOC, HOPE canines gave a much-needed respite to the first responders.

Once the scene was stabilized, the “play” was suspended for the day. “Play” resumed early on Thursday morning. “Victims” were made up with realistic injuries and lots of blood. The rescue boats brought in mannequins with numbers that corresponded to the on-shore role players. As each mannequin was removed from the boat, the role player took its place and was treated accordingly. Two HOPE canine teams were assigned to the triage area and gave support to victims while they waited for an ambulance.

Since this was an operation that could not normally be handled by local agencies, the United States Coast Guard then established an Incident Command Post (ICP) following protocols established post-911.

Two HOPE teams deployed to the ICP. Again, the canines gave support to those in the ICP.

Everyone involved appreciated having the HOPE dogs on the scene. HOPE wishes to thank the Superior Health Foundation for its ongoing support of our mission.

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