Total Health Care Foundation announces new name, 10 Southeast Michigan organizations awarded more than $900,000

(DETROIT, Mich. — August 15, 2023) The Total Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce its new name, the Priority Health Total Health Foundation, in conjunction with the announcement of 10 new grant recipients, totaling more than $900,000.

The funds will be used to address the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) affecting Detroit and Southeast Michigan, such as food and housing shortages, economic stability and physical/mental health issues. The name change was implemented to showcase Priority Health’s commitment to Southeast Michigan communities.

From helping fund an outdoor Fitness Court® to providing care management services for individuals throughout Detroit to supporting the construction of a bridge housing campaign to help the homeless – these are just a few of the amazing things the new Priority Health Total Health Foundation grant recipients are accomplishing.

Formed as part of the merger agreement between Priority Health and Total Health Care, the Priority Health Total Health Foundation has committed to providing millions of dollars' worth of grants over the next few years to support organizations committed to improving the lives of individuals they serve.

To date, the Priority Health Total Health Foundation has given more than $14 million to more than 90 organizations serving the Detroit and Southeast Michigan areas.

“Priority Health and the Priority Health Total Health Foundation are thrilled to be able to invest in these organizations so they can continue to expand and push their initiatives forward to help address concerns within their communities,” said Shannon Wilson, executive director of the Priority Health Total Health Foundation. “We are committed to helping improve the health and well-being of the people of Detroit and the most effective way to do that is by investing in organizations that are making a difference and successfully transforming lives.”

The recipients of this round of Priority Health Total Health Foundation grants are:

  • Because of His Love Outreach - Supports expansion of community baby showers to once every quarter for approximately 100 families per event. Events include education on topics such as oral health, mental health, talking is teaching, and financial literacy.
  • Canines for Change - Funds additional in-house services to support the increase in the number of dogs provided to schools each year, as well as a regional Program Director to train, place and provide long- term program management.
  • Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) - Supports the construction of tiny homes on vacant land on Monterey Street for low-income Detroit residents.
  • City of Inkster - Supports the purchase and installation of a free community outdoor Fitness Court® at Wheatly Park in Inkster.
  • Haven Homes of Detroit - Supports the hire of a part-time Family Nurse Practitioner and provides housing and wrap-around services that will improve the health and well-being of human trafficking survivors in Detroit as they recover from trauma.
  • Humble Design - Furnishing Hope for Detroit's Homeless Families - supports furnishing the homes of 15 families in the neighborhoods of Detroit, primarily single mothers with children, and will also include household essentials and school supplies.
  • Legal Aid and Defender Association - Program assists low-income renters in Detroit in obtaining needed rental unit repairs as well as providing assistance in identifying resources to avoid eviction or facilitate housing relocation - anticipates project will serve at least 275 families.
  • Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) - General support funding to continue providing care management and support to a broad range of people in need throughout Detroit, including the team of doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed social workers, therapists, and case managers.
  • Pope Francis Center – This grant will support the construction of the Pope Francis Center’s Bridge Housing Campus, an interim housing facility designed to address the complex needs of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Detroit.
  • USNAP BAC - In partnership with Home Depot and DTE, funds will help provide access to high-speed internet and technology devices, as well as resources for minor home repairs for seniors and low-income households in Detroit.

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With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering an extensive portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than 1.3 million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health