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My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding
My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

  • $35,000 for mailing colorectal cancer screening tests to overdue patients in five counties, including Montcalm;
  • $24,675 to add therapeutic group programs at Hope Network Behavioral Health Services, which services Kent and Ottawa counties;
  • $35,000 for a cancer wellness and exercise program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, which serves Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties;
  • Nearly $68,000 for health coaching high risk youth and improving the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program in Muskegon County;
  • Nearly $70,000 to improve the foster care system and support high risk elderly in Kalamazoo County;
  • $34,913 for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to increase access to fruits and vegetables in an inner city neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

You can find a list of all of the award winners here.

This is the second year the state has awarded grants to improve the delivery of health services in Michigan.