Michigan Association of Health Plans

Limited-life Total Health Care Foundation announces first round of grants

The Total Health Care Foundation has released its initial round of grants, awarding a total of $1.85 million to nonprofits in Southeast Michigan.

Created late in 2019 as part of the Total Health-Priority Health merger, the limited-life funder is supporting health and efforts to improve the social determinants of health, such as transportation, food and housing.

Last fall, the foundation said it is working with the Children’s Foundation as administrator to award the $25 million in grants by the end of 2023.

The initial grants made to 14 organizations include:

  • $220,000 to Vista Maria to equip its emergency intake wing for young, female victims of human trafficking
  • $202,000 to Neighborhood Service Organization to support health care and care management for homeless and at-risk populations
  • $165,000 to CATCH to support efforts to improve the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.
  • $150,000 to Make Your Date Detroit, a Wayne State University program working to ensure Detroit women can easily access prenatal care and coverage
  • $100,000 to Cass Community Social Services to support the construction of two tiny homes for low-income Detroit residents. The homes will be constructed on vacant land on Monterey Street
  • $100,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society to help fund the provision of rent, utilities, food and other basic necessities for those impacted by COVID-19
  • $4,000 to Oakland University to provide critical flu shots to students

“Each of these organizations is committed to serving their communities in a variety of ways which aligns with what both Total Health Care and Priority Health stand for in terms of addressing the needs of their communities,” said Shannon Wilson, vice president of State Markets East for Priority Health.