HealthPlus grants ‘Rainmaker Awards’ to eight nonprofits

— HealthPlus of Michigan has awarded grants ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 to eight programs designed to improve the health status of their respective communities. The following organizations and projects received grants in 2010 HealthPlus Rainmaker Awards competition:

Greater Flint Region recipients

• Loving Hands Clinic — Access to No- Cost Medical & Dental Care

• American Red Cross — Emergency Medical/Dental Program

• Genesee County Free Medical Clinic — Dental Care for the Uninsured

Southeast Michigan Region recipients

• Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation — The Village of Holly Woodlands – Promoting Senior Wellness with Evidence Based Programming

• Catholic Social Services of Oakland County — Dementia Care Pathway

• Furniture Bank of Southeast Michigan — Pack & Play Crib Collaboration with Nurse-Family Partnership

Saginaw/Midland/Bay City Region

• YMCA of Saginaw — Childhood & Family Obesity Pilot

• St. Mary’s of Michigan — Center of HOPE at the GreenHouse

This year, the HealthPlus Rainmaker Awards focused on funding organizations or programs dedicated to addressing one or more of the following four priority health areas:

• Preventing, reducing, managing or providing support services for heart disease, stroke or diabetes

• Promoting the health of infants, children and/or youth by addressing issues such as healthy pregnancy, well-child visits, lead testing, asthma, obesity, nutrition or safety and violence

• Increasing access to medical and/or dental care for the uninsured and underinsured

• Promoting additional health and wellbeing concerns of the elderly by addressing issues such as Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, and diseases of the respiratory system; also, services to the elderly and their caregivers, such as at-home meals, transportation, assistance with maintenance of dwelling, etc.

In Native American Culture, a “Rainmaker” was revered as a great leader who made good things happen. In 1994, HealthPlus began its program to recognize and assist modern-day rainmakers – organizations working to make a positive difference in the health of their communities. Since then, HealthPlus has donated nearly $700,000 to more than 130 organizations in support of the communities it serves. — G.G.

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