Improving U.P. medical transportation chosen for major SHF grant

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MARQUETTE– You can expect to hear about more than $700,000 in grants for helping people get to and from medical appointments over the next couple of years. 

That’s because the Superior Health Foundation has chosen improving medical transportation in the U.P. as its proactive grant-giving project for 2019-2020. People representing dozens of agencies from across the region met today to discuss what is working, what can be improved, and challenges to implementing a U.P. system of medical transportation.

“There are pockets in the Upper Peninsula where the public transportation is simply not available, so we have a number of stakeholders here from across the Upper Peninsula and across the state that are collaborating, working together, looking at solutions and how we can come together and find ways to improve medical transportation services in the U.P.,” said Jim LaJoie, Executive Director, Superior Health Foundation.

Two major players are already on board to help: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Applications for medical transportation will be accepted later this summer. 

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