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Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti Receives Infection Control Grant from MDHHS to Enhance Infectious Disease Mitigation and Prevention Efforts

Award recipients stand on stage at the gala displaying their certificate

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti (MVHDJJ) was awarded a grant for $65,000 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to enhance infectious disease mitigation and prevention efforts.

“This grant will assist us in strengthening infection prevention and control activities to prevent the spread of infection across our Home,” said Ron Oja, administrator for MVHDJJ. “Social connections are important to our health and well-being and these devices will help us continue to offer opportunities for our members to be social in the safest environment possible.”

With the MDHHS infection control grant, MVHDJJ has contracted with Michigan-based UVSheltron to purchase the following devices to reduce the spread of infection in the facility: (8) Pure Air 500; (5) Pure Air 200; and (2) Illuminant 3 Ultraviolet Disinfection Towers. The Home has also purchased (13) portable isolation stations and (3) permanent isolation stations to further reduce the risk of staff spreading infection between members. 

“Our veteran members enjoy camaraderie while gathering in common areas for coffee, meals and group activities,” said Julie Scott, infectious preventionist for MVHDJJ. “Group activities can spread COVID-19 or influenza more easily thus increasing the risk of infection. These new systems will improve the air quality in common areas, provide an extra layer of disinfection to our surfaces and create a healthier indoor environment for our veteran members.”

The Nursing Home Infection Control Grants, funded by the State of Michigan and the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), was appropriated for skilled nursing homes under Section 318 in Public Act 9 of 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus bill that was signed into law in March 2021 to support a national recovery from COVID-19 and to address the economic recession. ARPA established the $350 billion Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund & Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). These funds support state, local, territorial and tribal governments response to and recovery from the pandemic. Visit SLFRF for more information.