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Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners
Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

  • Michigan State University, Grand Rapids ($29,800) - Adapt and implement an alcohol refusal skills intervention for text message delivery.  Pilot test its efficacy in preventing underage drinking in adolescents diagnosed with ADHD during childhood.
  • Hope Network Behavioral Health, Holland ($21,150) - Enhance efficiency of our autism applied behavior analysis therapy delivery by piloting a technology solution to streamline collection of data for this data-intensive therapy, thereby increasing clinician efficiency and the number of children served.
  • Hope Network, Holland ($27,000) - Enhance access to care in lower density areas by providing transportation solutions, busing children from a centralized location in their home town to an existing clinic in a larger city.
  • Pine Rest Community Mental Health Services, Kentwood, Kalamazoo, Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon and Zeeland ($34,776) - Provide staff data analyst capacity to assist with analyzing and compiling reports of emergency department/intensive services use identifying trends and issues within the children’s behavioral/emergency department system of care. This will promote community collaboration to better meet the behavioral needs of children and adolescents.
  • Arbor Circle, Grand Rapids ($14,658) - Provide outreach to youth and young adults who are living on the streets or staying in other unsafe, unstable, unpredictable living/sleeping situations.
  • Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse ($17,188) - Provide quarterly biometric screening within mental health recovery court that indicates one’s risk for certain diseases and medical conditions.
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids ($35,000) - Work collaboratively with community partners to create HealthyLivingGR, a mobile app for smart phones that will provide one-stop access to locating healthy living resources.
  • Cherry Street Health Services, Grand Rapids ($35,000) - Purchase and implement Simbiote Development’s CareSentry and Order Sentry software solutions which provide customizable data queries and metrics to facilitate patient care management.
  • Holland Free Health Clinic, Holland ($10,000) - Improve access to dental care for the underserved population, utilizing volunteer dentists and hygienists.  Funds received would be used to update technology so that less time will be spent entering the same material, freeing up more time to serve clients.

“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.”

The majority of applicants will provide matching funding for their projects.  For the full list of grant awards, click here.