Six of the 44 health innovation projects recently granted funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health
are in mid-Michigan.
Each project can receive up to $35,000 in funding if they encourage creative approaches to bridge the gap between collaborative, innovative ideas in health care and their implementation, according to the department's criteria. In total, $1.34 million was given out.
Addiction Treatment Services, which covers the lower 30 counties in Michigan, received $35,000 to expand its health care delivery by creating a new 12-bed sub-acute detoxification program to serve its target counties. The model helps take pressure off traditional detox and longer-term rehab facilities for substance abuse patients.
Genesee County is home to a couple of projects. The Genesee Intermediate School District is getting $35,000 to incorporate innovative ideas for asthma management in its Head Start programs, in order to improve the ability to be at school and learn for young children with asthma. The Hurley Medical Center received $11,553 to offer programming to address childhood obesity in Genesee County. Also, Remedy Exchange, a substance abuse program, received $17,224 to pilot an 11-week adapted version of its curriculum with patients.
In Bay County, Recovery Pathways will get $10,000 to help with a transportation program for outpatient substance abuse clients, ensuring they will be able to get to and from scheduled appointments.
Similarly, the Hospital Council of East Central Michigan's Region VII got $35,000 to expand its resources to include a transportation module for patients in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Community Health