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Take the CHNA Survey

Filling out the CHNA survey is your chance to be heard! It‘s how we know what your health care needs are so we can improve our services and create programs to help you live a healthier life. We can’t improve things unless we know what’s needed!

Click on the links below to take the survey:

English: bit.ly/CHNA2019English

Spanish: bit.ly/CHNA2019Spanish

Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants – Letters of Intent Due March 2nd

The Project Advisory Board is requesting proposals for the FY19 Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants. The Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants are awarded yearly to organizations for programs that address ranked issues in the 2017 Mercy Health Community Health Needs Assessment. This grant is open to all non-profits in Mercy Health’s service area of Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo Counties.

The Health Project Community Benefit Initiative Grant program was created to facilitate the investment of community benefit funds allocated to the Health Project’s Board of Directors by Mercy Health Muskegon. The discretionary funds supports initiatives and/or programs that address health needs identified in the Mercy’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy, as well as strengthen and sustain our organizational Mission in the community.

Funding request for up to $25,000 will be considered. The Health Project Board may award grants of $10,000 or less if funding is available after Principal grants are approved.

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent on the form provided to be considered for funding.

Deadline for Letters of Intent is March 2nd by 5:00 P.M.

CB Initiative Budget Template FY19
CB Initiative Grant Application FY19

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Application 2018-2019

The Sister Simone Courtade Grant Program was created by the Sisters of Mercy to support, strengthen and sustain our organizational Mission in the community. The specific intent of the fund is to help poor and underserved residents achieve a better quality of life by improving their health and overall well-being through investment in community programs that address community health needs.

Like all such programs, the demand for these funds exceeds availability. For this reason, we have developed specific guidelines for funding that are intended to ensure that each request is judged fairly and that all applicants adhere to the traditional mission and spiritual intent of the program. This process is to be an inclusive process with opportunity for submission open to all nonprofit community entities.

There are two tiers for awarded grants:

Tier I over $3,000 up to $10,000; and Tier II less than or equal to $3,000.

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent on the form provided to be considered for funding.

Deadline for Letters of Intent is March 2nd at 5:00 P.M.

Budget Template and Grant Application:

Sister Simone Budget Template

Sister Simone Courtade Application 2018-2019

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Timeline

RFP released on or about Friday, February 16, 2018

Required Letter of Intent must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to Helen Sherman at the Health Project.

Two options will be available for new applicants to attend the Guidance Sessions. It is REQUIRED for all new applicants to attend one of the sessions. Previous grantees may be excused with prior approval. RSVP to Helen Sherman at the Health Project.

Two Pre-Application Guidance Sessions will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018

Location: Training Room  – Hackley Campus, Conference Room 1503 – 1700 Clinton St., Muskegon, MI 49442

Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am OR 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Applications Due on Monday, April 23, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.            

All application materials may be submitted electronically by email or by regular mail with 2 paper copies.

Award Letters will be mailed by June 30, 2018

Direct questions and submit completed application to Helen Sherman (contact information below).

Attn: Helen Sherman

Health Project

565 W. Western Avenue

Muskegon, MI 49440

Email:   missionservicesgrants@mercyhealth.com

DPATH

Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) is a program developed by the University of Stanford, designed to help people who are affected by diabetes. The six-week course can be useful not only for those who themselves have diabetes, but also for pre-diabetics or people living with diabetic family members and loved ones. Since the course is put on by non-medical professionals, it is not a medical class (although medications and visits to physicians are discussed as important parts of managing diabetes), but rather a practical class—offering  things like strategies to deal with difficult emotions, information on how to eat well as a diabetic (or cook for a diabetic friend or family member), relaxation techniques, and ideas for exercising and daily activity. Since life with a chronic disease is filled with choices that will affect your health, the class also spends time on decision-making.

An important part of the curriculum is establishing a weekly action plan, where each participant decides on a quantifiable, measurable goal for the week; and in each class, participants share their experiences from the past week with their action plan. Many plans revolve around exercise (walking one mile four days during the week) or nutrition (cooking supper three nights); but could include anything a person wants to achieve in the next week. These action plans give participants a way to feel accomplished and encouraged if a goal is met; and if the goal turns out to be too ambitious, participants are encouraged to modify as they go along. Back in the group, fellow classmates can celebrate successes and offer support and suggestions. Troubleshooting problems together as a class reinforces key problem-solving and decision-making skills the course teaches.

While the information in the class is valuable, what many participants find most uplifting is the support the class offers. Being in a room with 10 other people who have similar experiences and daily struggles provides a safe space for people to vent frustrations and fears that are present in the life of a diabetic, as well as people to help celebrate the victories. With the new tools and new relationships formed by the end of the class, the participants feel better-equipped to deal with their diabetes going forward.

 

ClarkeIS

Kristina Baas & Michael DeBetsHealth Project was awarded the Trinity Health Innovation Award at the Trinity Health Clinical Conference October 25th, for the Innovation pilot to integrate their IT system, ClarkeIS, into Great Lakes Health Connect to share social determinants of health information with clinical providers.

 

 

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World Aids Day

World Aids Day is a day to raise awareness and support those living with HIV. On December 1st, health organizations around the world show their support by offering free, confidential HIV screening, and education at clinics, colleges, and more. The UpFront Education and Awareness Coalition held a World Aids Day Provider Forum on Thursday, December 7th in honor of World Aids Day. (more…)

Drug Free Communities of Muskegon County

Held their Strategic planning session to help identify substance abuse issues that face our youth.

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Charted Releases New Advance Care Directives Resources to the Community.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance directive was chosen to keep the region aligned, by using the document used by Kent County health systems. Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance directive was chosen to keep the region aligned, by using the document used by Kent County health systems.

You can learn more about Charted here.

Download Documents Below.

9 pages

Charted Advance Directive Document Download

Charted Overview Download

Charted FILLABLE Download

Charted Treatment Preferences Download

 

Health Project Announces Community Benefit Board Initiative Grantees

Funds support initiatives that address health needs identified in recent Community Health Needs Assessment

The Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors announced their grantee recipients of the Community Benefit Initiative Grant Program. Grantees will be able to utilize their funds starting July 2017 through September 2018.

A total of $125,000 has been granted to this year’s grantees: Montague Area Public Schools’ Real Food SEED Project, Pathways Arbor Circle’s Total Trek Quest Program, Dwelling Place Nonprofit Housing Association of Grand Rapids Roosevelt Apartment’s Community Gardens in Muskegon Heights, Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program, Community Encompass’ Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health Program, Muskegon YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Boys and Girls Club’s SMART Moves – Prevention Program.

The Community Benefit Initiative Grant program was created to facilitate the investment of community benefit funds by the Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors into the community. This fund supports initiatives that address health needs identified in Mercy Health’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). To view the full CHNA report, please visit http://www.MercyHealth.com/CHNA .

Stevi Riel, Executive Director of the Health Project, feels strongly that community partnerships are critical to making progress in the improvement of health behaviors in Muskegon and Oceana Counties. “The Community Benefit Initiative Grant program is an opportunity for us to invest in our community and put our Community Health Needs Assessment into action. Improving the health of the population isn’t a task that can be accomplished by one entity or group – we all have to commit to recognizing our place and moving forward together. The best investment for Mercy Health Muskegon is in the organizations that have experience – and the outcomes – doing the work that drives change at the community level.”

Grants are awarded once a year. Applications for the next round will be available March 2018.

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Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

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Take the CHNA Survey

Filling out the CHNA survey is your chance to be heard! It‘s how we know what your health care needs are so we can improve our …

Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants – Letters of Intent Due March 2nd

The Project Advisory Board is requesting proposals for the FY19 Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants. The Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants are awarded yearly to organizations for …

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Application 2018-2019

The Sister Simone Courtade Grant Program was created by the Sisters of Mercy to support, strengthen and sustain our organizational Mission in the community. The specific intent …

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Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.

 

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