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Trinity Health West Michigan Impact Grants (CBBI/Sr. Simone)

Hello Community Partners

Trinity Health Muskegon is proud to announce further alignment in intentional collaboration with local providers to serve our neighbors in enhanced and expanded ways!

As you know, the Community Benefit Board Initiative the Sr. Simone Courtade Fund were created to support, strengthen and sustain Trinity Health’s organizational mission in the community and promote optimal health for poor and vulnerable populations and communities, by addressing social needs, connecting social and clinical care and reducing health inequities.

As our services move forward into better serving our West Michigan neighbors, we are also streamlining the support we are offering our partners.  Please continue to visit this page for updated information regarding the Community Benefit Board Initiative the Sr. Simone Courtade Fund announcement, key dates, and engagement opportunities.

UPDATE AS OF 5/15/2023:

For application information and/or questions regarding the 2023 Sister Simone Courtade Fund and/or the 2023 Community Benefit Board Initiative, please reach out to the Program Implementation Coordinator, Michael Ramsey at


Vaccinate The Movie

Vaccinate The Movie. This video was sponsored by the Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition through a grant from the Muskegon LEAD Giving Circle of the Community FDN for Muskegon County.

View Vaccinate The Movie HERE.

Learn more about the Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition by visiting their website:

Register for a vaccine at:

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View Guidance Session Recording and Presentation

View Guidance Session Video and Presentation

The meeting is intended to aid prospective applicants in understanding the required
rules and regulations that apply to the Community Grants Program and to explain
application requirements for submission. The goal in this process is to make the
application process as efficient and understandable as possible.

To view the PowerPoint presentation of July 7th Guidance Session, please click HERE
To view the recording of the Guidance Session, please see the video below and click play.


Please contact Tressa Liba at with any questions.

Funds Support Initiatives That Address Identified Health and Social Care Needs

Mercy Health Invites Request for Proposals for 2 Community Grants: Sr. Simone Courtade Fund and Community Benefit Board Initiative Grant

Funds support initiatives that address identified health and social care needs

Muskegon, MI, July 1, 2021 – Mercy Health is issuing two concurrent requests for proposals for their Community Grants Program.
The Community Benefit Board Initiative (CBBI) grant supports health needs identified in the recent Community Health Needs Assessment. Letters of Intent must be submitted by July 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Full proposals are due no later than August 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Applicants from Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties may apply for up to $25,000.

Last year through CBBI, a total of $150,000 was granted to such programs as: Muskegon YMCA, Muskegon Community College, Community enCompass, Arbor Circle, Harbor Hospice, Read Muskegon, Alternatives in Motion, Fresh Coast Alliance and Kids Food Basket.

CBBI was created to facilitate the investment of community benefit funds by the Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors. 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 here.

Sr. Simone Courtade (Sr. Simone) Fund supports initiatives that promote optimal health for poor and vulnerable populations and communities, by addressing social needs, connecting social and clinical care, and reducing health inequities. Letters of Intent must be submitted by July 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Full proposals are due no later than August 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
Applicants from Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties may apply. Sr Simone has two tiers of funding. Tier I up to $10,000; Tier II up to $3,000.

The Sr. Simone Courtade (Sr. Simone) Fund was created by the Sisters of Mercy to support, strengthen and sustain Mercy Health’s organizational Mission in the community.
In 2019, Sr. Simone invested $103,000 in community. Awardees included: Agewell Services, Pioneer Resources, Senior Resources, Club 188 Summer Academy, Muskegon Rescue Mission, Mission for Area People, Coalition for Community Development, Community enCompass, Latinos Working for the Future, First Congregational Church, Boys and Girls Club, Oceana County Sexual Assault Services, City of Muskegon Heights, Muskegon Heights Police Dept, Catholic Charities, Reeths Puffer Mindful Plus and New Era Christian Reformed Church.

Stevi Riel, Executive Director of the Health Project, feels strongly that community partnerships are critical to making progress in the improvement of healthy behaviors in Muskegon and Oceana Counties. “The Community Grants 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.”
Visit our website for announcements and upcoming grant opportunities at

Sr. Simone Request for Proposals – Currently Closed

Sister Simone Courtade Grant

The Sister Simone Courtade (Sr. Simone) Grant 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 promote optimal health for poor and vulnerable
populations and communities, by addressing social needs, connecting social and
clinical care, and reducing health inequities.

There are two tiers for awarded grants:

Award amounts: Tier I – $3,001 – $10,000; Tier II $3,000 or less.

The Mercy Health service area of Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo Counties.

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent to be considered for funding. This is an Online Application process.

All applicants are highly encouraged to attend a Guidance Session which will be held

Mercy Health Community Grants Program – RFP FY22 – Sr Simone

CBBI & Sr. Simone Courtade FY22 Press Release – CBBI & Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Request for Proposals

How to Log-In and Apply: Letter of Intent


Muskegon Medication Disposal Spring Event – April 24

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) is hosting a medication and needle take back event on Saturday, April 24th at the Muskegon Township Fire Department, located at 1117 W. Walker Rd., Muskegon MI from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All MAMDP volunteers will be implementing and following COVID-19 safety protocols to allow for a safe event.

Due to the impact of the COVID pandemic, many of those who are in active recovery are in fear of relapse due to increased isolation, and the decrease of in-person resources and support services. According to the 2nd Quarter Report from the WMed Medical Examiner Office, Muskegon County doubled in overdose deaths in April 2020, compared to April 2019. According to the report, overdoses continue to be on the rise with Muskegon County leading 2nd in overdose rates compared to other counties in West Michigan.

Jennifer Hodges, Supervisor of Muskegon Charter Township stresses the importance of the Medication Take Back Event, “The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program is integral in mitigating the unsafe use of all medications, especially opioids; thus prevention abuse, addiction, and overdoses throughout our communities. Proper medication disposal is important in prevention unused and expired medications from being stolen and misused, especially by vulnerable populations such as children and teens. Keeping these types of medications out of the hands of our youth is significant in prevention opioid abuse.”

This bi-annual event is in partnership with the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since 2010, MAMDP has collected 42,651 (21 tons) of medications, reducing the number of opioids and other medication found in residents’ homes, watersheds, and in the wrong hands.

During the April 24 event, MAMDP will be distributing free Medication Lock Boxes and Sharps Disposal Containers to Muskegon County residents, as supplies last. Dave Glotzbach, Muskegon Township Fire Chief is passionate about keeping the community safe. “As first responders we regularly see leftover/expired medications and needles, many people do not know the best way to properly dispose of them. This medication disposal program is convenient and will ensure proper disposal providing increased safety for the people in your home and protection for the environment. I encourage you to take advantage of this program.”

Community residents are urged to drop off their unused or expired over the counter and prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 24th; including ointments, creams, pet medications, and needles. Biohazardous materials, household hazardous waste, and personal care items are not accepted.

About The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP)

MAMDP, a Health Project collaborative founded in 2010, is one of the first and most successful take-back programs in Michigan. It has been recognized nationally and featured in the White House’s 2015 National Drug Control Strategy. MAMDP is made possible through the collaborative efforts of several community organizations, including Mercy Health, Norton Shores PD, Sheriff’s Office, Muskegon PD, Muskegon Township PD, Muskegon Township Fire Dept., Senior Resources, the Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County, Public Health – Muskegon County, and the Health Project. This program is supported by grants from the Lakeshore Regional Entity, Mercy Health and the in-kind support for the use of the Muskegon Township Fire department facilities and to the community volunteers for participating at the day’s event. For more information or if you have questions about which medications are accepted or future drop-off dates, visit

The Health Project Promotes Open Enrollment for Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

Muskegon, MI – The Health Project, the Community Benefit Ministry of Mercy Health, is encouraging the community to take advantage of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, before it closes on December 15. The Health Project is also encouraging individuals 65 or older, or on disability to take advantage of Medicare open enrollment, before it closes on December 7.

The Health Project offers open enrollment assistance for individuals that are looking to get healthcare insurance, looking for a new insurance plan to fit their needs, or need help navigating the insurance marketplace. Now, more than ever, it is important to have healthcare coverage. Ron Rademacher, Regional Pharmaceutical Access Program Manager at the Health Project, states, “Especially with the increasing rates of COVID, it is imperative to make sure that you are insured and covered. Young adults over 26 years old who are no longer on their parent’s healthcare plan, individuals that have been laid off from their jobs due to COVID, or essential workers who are working through the pandemic should have access to healthcare coverage during these unprecedented times.”

The Health Project has Certified Application Counselors (CACs) who are able navigate the various insurance plans on the market. Liz Chala-Hidalgo, Lead Community Health Worker at the Health Project, states that, “It is important that everyone that is eligible for Medicare gets enrolled before the deadline, December 7. Anyone that is age 65 and over, or on disability are eligible to receive coverage. Medicare beneficiaries, who are diabetic and insulin dependent, are encouraged to take advantage of the enhanced insulin saving plans, offered for 2021. Under the available enhanced plans, individuals will be able to avoid the “donut hole” or “GAP” and pay $35 or less per month for qualified insulins throughout the calendar year.”

The Health Project is open and ready to support individuals and their families who live in Kent, Muskegon, Oceana and surrounding areas. Call us the Health Project at 231-672-3201 or call the Community Health and Well-Being Office at 616-685-3350 to schedule a virtual appointment. Spanish help is also available.

About the Health Project: The Health Project, the Community Benefit Ministry of Mercy Health Muskegon, is an inclusive, community-based, decision-making non-profit agency committed to improving the health of the community and the delivery of health care in Muskegon County and the surrounding West Michigan region. For more information about MCHP and their health services, please visit

Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon Launches New Website

Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County Launches New Website

Muskegon, MI – The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County (DFC) has launched a new website. The website will act as a one-stop shop for community members who are seeking information regarding SUD treatment, prevention, recovery, harm reduction, education, and awareness.

“I am so excited that the DFC has a new, user friendly website that brings information about substance use prevention, treatment and recovery so it is all in one place. It helps parents find facts and techniques to talk with their kids, places for community members to get involved, and information for those in need to find support and treatment options. We know that drug misuse is a community problem. The new DFC website is a tool to help our community address this issue together,” explained the Coalition for Drug Free Muskegon former chair, Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough, Executive Director at Mediation and Restorative Services.

The website highlights community organizations and services for individuals who are seeking information on treatment, detox, or recovery services. The website consists of state and local statistics and data, local agencies and community collaboratives, current legislation around substance use disorder (SUD), and educational resources.

“As an organizing body of many community initiatives, this platform will allow us to provide accurate information to our community. Utilizing a data-driven approach, this website is a collaborative effort to increase awareness on the various substance use resources available in Muskegon County,” said Muskegon County Sheriff and DFC Co-Chair Michael Poulin. “Through this tool, we are excited to have this information easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone.”

The DFC of Muskegon County houses six subcommittees that aim to educate youth and young adults on the legal, health, and social consequences of substance use. The Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (ALI), Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP), Knowsmoke Tobacco Reduction Coalition, and the Alliance for Marijuana Prevention (AMP) coalition were the original four subcommittees of the DFC. In 2018, the Ride with Pride Program and the Muskegon County Opiate Taskforce were added under the DFC governing body.

In 2014, the DFC and its subcommittees were nationally recognized by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) as Coalition of the Year, and were awarded the “Got Outcomes” award for producing the most outcomes in combating substance use among youth in Muskegon County.

The DFC Executive Committee, who assisted in the development of the website, consists of partnering agencies such as; HealthWest, Public Health of Muskegon County, Eastside Outpatient Services, Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, the Health Project, Lakeshore Regional Entity, Muskegon City Police Department, and Norton Shores Police Department.

For more information about the Drug Free website, please visit:

Download the DFC Media Toolkit – FINAL
DFC Promotional Flyer 2

2020 Men’s Health Fair: Providing Screenings For Those In Need

“So many young men who do not have insurance need to be covered. You’d be surprised that younger people are having more problems today. Early detection is the best defense for prostate and chronic health issues,” stated Jimmie Fox, Community Health Worker at the Health Project. 66 men, young and old, attended the 2020 Men’s Health Fair that took place on Saturday, January 4th at Muskegon Heights High School.

Since 2002, Mimi Rankin and her outreach team have seen hundreds of African American men screened for preventable chronic diseases, providing a need in the community. “Before the Affordable Care Act, the Men’s Health Fair was the only check-up that men would receive because we offer free health screenings. Now, families and young men have access to a family physician and resources in the community,” stated Ivory Morris, Community Health Worker on the Health Project’s Outreach Team.

Screenings available this year were for diabetes, prostate, blood pressure, breathing tests, vision tests, and more.

Community vendors to provide education and testing were the Knowsmoke Coalition, Public Health of Muskegon County, HealthWest, Walmart, BlueCross Complete, Mercy Health Nurses and Doctors from the Mercy Health Lab, Hackley Community Care, and Muskegon Family Care.



YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Now In Shelby, MI!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

New classes begin on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 from 5:45pm to 6:45pm at Mercy Health Lakeshore Conference Room, located at 72 S State St. Shelby, 49455

Questions? Contact Kelli at 231-722-9622 ext. 205 or email at

New Class Flyer – Shelby 2020
YMCA DPP Brochure_2019