Eight Focus Areas

A Starting Point
for Our Work
When the Health Fund was founded, the Michigan legislature laid out eight key issues to help guide our work. In addition to our focus on children and older people, these eight areas underpin our mission and strategic planning. Some correspond directly to a major grant program, while others are woven throughout our grantmaking. Our Community Health Impact program often prioritizes a specific issue for an annual cycle. Be sure to review specific grant opportunities and RFPs to learn more about how we’re funding these issues.

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Access to Healthy Food

Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and childhood obesity are major concerns in communities throughout Michigan and across the United States. Research shows obese children are more likely to be at risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, depression, and other health problems. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund seeks to improve significant health obstacles facing the children of Michigan, including access to healthy foods, nutrition education and fitness programs.

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Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral health is crucial to physical health and overall wellness, yet tremendous barriers to treatment remain. Challenges like a lack of providers, insurance restrictions, stigma, and uncoordinated delivery of services mean that too many suffer without appropriate care. To effectively treat individuals with complex healthcare needs we must break down silos and integrate behavioral healthcare with primary care and other community-based supports.

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Foodborne Illness Prevention

Preventable foodborne illnesses continue to sicken thousands of people daily and severely affect children, elderly and sick individuals. The Fund seeks proposals aimed at reducing foodborne illnesses, particularly among these vulnerable populations.

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Health-Related Transportation Services

Transportation barriers often prevent individuals from receiving necessary medical and behavioral health services. The Fund seeks innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing transportation barriers in local communities.

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Health Services for Foster and Adopted Children

Foster and adopted children face unique health related needs, often times including a need for mental health and trauma informed services. The Fund seeks to improve access to high quality, integrated health services and supports for foster and adopted children.

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Infant Mortality

Michigan continues to experience one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. The Health Fund seeks to support implementation of effective strategies to reduce infant mortality, including strategies identified in the State of Michigan’s 2016-2019 Infant Mortality Reduction Plan.

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Technology Enhancements

Technology innovation in healthcare continues to grow and plays a significant role in delivery of care. The Fund seeks proposals to improve health through adoption of new technologies such as remote monitoring tools, telehealth, enhancements to health information exchange and other technology innovations.

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Wellness and Fitness

Many chronic diseases can be prevented by improving wellness and engaging in physical activity. The Fund seeks proposals to improve the health of Michigan communities through the implementation of fitness and wellness programs, targeted at children and seniors.

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