More Than $1 Million in Health Innovation Funds Awarded to 42 Projects in Michigan

Contact: Angela Minicuci (517) 241-2112

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2014 

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) today announced the awardees of the Health Innovation Grant. This funding will be distributed to 42 one-time projects up to $35,000 with an innovative approach to improving the delivery of Michigan’s health services to residents.

MDCH will grant funding for 42 projects across Michigan for a total of $1,076,358. The purpose of awarding these Health Innovation Grants is to allow for the ability to bridge the gap between creative, collaborative ideas and their implementation. The request for proposal was originally announced on Oct. 7, 2013.

“We received an overwhelming response from Michigan organizations eager to implement a creative, new approach to challenging health issues facing Michiganders,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “While narrowing the applicants down to the finalists was not an easy task, we are confident that the projects that received awards will make a significant impact in addressing the health of Michiganders.”

Michigan has a broad number of public health priorities that can be addressed creatively to shape the future health of Michigan’s citizens. The 42 applicants that were awarded funds through the Health Innovation Grant include projects that address issues such as underage drinking, chronic disease, health transportation, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, health disparities in children, dental care, and much more.

The majority of applicants provided matching funds for their project in order to increase the potential impact of the grants. The projects reported a total matching amount of $1,641,218 for a total impact of $2,727,923 in the state of Michigan.

For a full listing of all 42 award winners, visit http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Health_Innovation_Grant_Awardees_444459_7.pdf.

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