The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) of Marquette awarded more than $ 638,680 in health-focused grants during its fall grant celebration Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The event was proudly presented by 44 North.
The Superior Health Foundation awarded $ 509,975.87 in proactive grants to tackle food insecurity in the Upper Peninsula, $ 109,708.80 in fall grants and $ 18,999.08 for pilot project grants and d ‘equipment.
In its nine years of existence, the UP-wide health-focused nonprofit has awarded more than $ 4.3 million in grants to nonprofits focused on the health of the UP
SHF will allocate funding to tackle food insecurity issues in 2021 and 2022. This initiative seeks to address access, distribution and delivery of healthy food in the Upper Peninsula.
In 2021 and 2022, the SHF will provide more than $ 1.1 million in funding to fight food insecurity. SHF actively engaged and worked with Upper Peninsula and statewide funding partners to leverage foundation funding to make substantial progress in access to food and education, with a focus on local growth and production. The West End Health Foundation, the Community Foundation of Marquette County, and the Provident Health Foundation of Marinette / Menominee provided matching funding. In addition, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) have also provided invaluable funding for this project.
âFood insecurity has long been a problem for residents of the Upper Peninsula,â said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. âThe pandemic has added to the dilemma many face. Thus, we are incredibly proud to be able to award well-deserved grants to very committed organizations whose mission is to provide healthy and affordable food choices.
âWe are particularly grateful to the many financial partners who have come together to support this initiative. It’s amazing what can happen when funders work together to find solutions.
During the event, the SHF awarded $ 109,708.80 in fall grants to 11 UP non-profit organizations:
- Marquette County Community Foundation ($ 20,000): The Community Foundation distributes grants in Marquette County with branches in Negaunee, Marquette, Gwinn and Greater Ishpeming. SHF funded its âJumpstart a Heartâ project to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to law enforcement in Marquette County. This program hopes to increase the amount and update AEDs in Marquette County.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. ($ 15,000): Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) is adapting its Adolescent Service Center (ASC) to be safer, more youth-friendly, and more trauma-sensitive to meet the needs of new adolescent clients. Grant dollars will be used to secure doors, door installation, an alarm system, shower panel and labor for the CSA.
- Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital ($ 13,383): SMH at Manistique, a state-of-the-art, 12-bed, critical-access independent facility helps meet the needs of people in rural areas of the UP through its extensive care, including providing physical therapy. This grant will benefit the Rehabilitation Services Aquatic Therapy Program, which provides aquatic balance therapy. Funding will go towards pool supplies and therapy equipment, as well as training and marketing expenses.
- Superior Health Support System ($ 12,950): Superior Health Support System, a non-profit organization based in Sault Ste. Marie, serves four communities in eastern UP. Its primary location is Hearthside Assisted Living, a 50-bed assisted living facility in Sault Ste. Married. Hearthside Assisted Living provides care for the elderly and disabled in a family atmosphere. The funding will be used to replace 50 mattresses at his facility.
- Michigan University of Technology ($ 9,940): In 2018, the Western UP Health Department (WUPHD) conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment to help identify health priorities in each community. A directory of sustainable community resources has been identified as a key priority. This project will create an online, publicly accessible and searchable health resource center that will connect individuals and organizations to support the health and well-being of our community.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Algiers counties ($ 9,807): The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Algiers Counties, Inc. (BBBS) is to create and sustain one-on-one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Funding from this grant will connect 40 students in the Tahquamenon area school district to mentoring services, which aim to help students reach their full potential. Grant dollars will be used to help fund the vice president of programs, office supplies and mileage.
- Superior Housing Solutions ($ 7,584): Located in Marquette, Superior Housing Solutions ensures all vulnerable people, including those who are homeless and / or near homeless, to have access to supportive housing that is safe, affordable, accessible and appropriate to promote achievement. of oneself in an inclusive and united community. Grant dollars will be used to purchase six adult bikes and helmets, a cargo trailer, six kayaks and YMCA memberships.
- Superior Alliance for Independent Living ($ 6,000): SAIL is the only independent living center that serves the 15 counties of the UP Located in Marquette, it serves people with visible or invisible disabilities. SAIL, Disability Network of the UP, runs a program called Single Point for Activities and Recreation (SPAR) that promotes health and wellness through social and recreational programs. This grant provided matching funding for an Action Track Chair to help people with mobility issues.
- Bay Cliff Health Camp ($ 6,000): Camp Quality Upper Peninsula (UP) ensures that every child who is diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disease can experience one of the greatest stages of childhood – Summer Camp at Big Bay. Funding will expand this program to include two family camp weekends.
- Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol ($ 5,000): The Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol (MMSP) is a non-profit organization and part of the National Ski Patrol Organization. Its mission is to ensure the safety of people on the mountain and during other outdoor activities and supported events organized in any season. SHF provided funds to improve communication between MMSP and EMS, fire and rescue services through radios and accessories. This included 4 800 Hz radios with equipment, SHF had previously awarded MMSP a grant for two radios.
- Trillium House ($ 4,044): Trillium House, a Marquette-based hospice and respite care center, has served more than 125 individuals and families since it opened in 2018. SHF has funded a human floor elevator and a commercial toilet elevator for its facility to ” improve the safety of residents and staff at its facility.
During the celebration, SHF announced the four winners for its proactive grant aimed at tackling food insecurity:
- UPCAP ($ 322,388.37): UPCAP ensures the development, coordination and provision of human services in the 15 counties. The primary goal of its Food As Medicine (FAM) program is to address and improve the food security of low-income residents who have or are at risk for developing chronic health conditions. FAM will impact residents with increased access to locally grown fresh produce and improved knowledge / skills through nutrition education. Results will be measured in terms of formalized partnerships, including redemption and healthcare sites, improvement of cold storage capacity of farms, use of product vouchers, indicators of increased access to food, consumption of fresh produce and nutritional knowledge.
- Partridge Creek Farm ($ 106,427.50): Partridge Creek Farm, headquartered in Ishpeming, will work with Michigan District 10 – UP Lions to assess food insecurity, related health issues and resources; identify âcommunity championsâ to create local food insecurity working groups; and develop, disseminate and exchange information and resources in the 15 counties. Grant funding will be used to create an educational video series, identify community champions, conduct needs assessments, create a farm-school program, create training programs, and create an intergenerational agricultural community space.
- Upper Peninsula Veterans Community Action Team ($ 50,000): The Upper Peninsula Veterans Community Action Team (UP VCAT) is a collaboration of over 200 service providers and veteran volunteers from the Michigan region and state. Since 2014, the organization has sought to create a âno-wrong-roadâ support network for Veterans and their families. This program will increase access to food by providing grocery gift cards, health program information, and referrals to increase access to food.
- Feed America West Michigan ($ 31,160): Feeding America West Michigan’s mission is to collect and distribute food, alleviate hunger, and increase food security in West Michigan and the UP. Through its Mobile Food Pantry program, it has been providing nutritious food to food insecure communities since 1998. A Recipe for Success âwill enable food insecure families in six counties to become nutritionally self-sufficient by facilitating nutrition / education programs during food distributions. It will provide a library of recipes and online cooking demonstrations to pantries and their guests, produce 21 live cooking demonstrations, distribute kitchen tools, increase participation in Mobile Food Pantries and improve participants’ understanding of preparing healthy foods.
The Superior Health Foundation has also provided pilot project and equipment grants to the following organizations: Courage Incorporated, Teaching Family Homes, Eversight, Omega House, Michigan Breastfeeding Network, Camp New Day UP, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice, Partridge Creek Farm, Ontonagon Village Housing Commission and: Bay Cliff Health Camp.