The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Approves 83 Grants Totaling $3.3 Million


December 4, 2017, Detroit Mich. — The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) announced the approval of 83 grants totaling $3.3 million for pediatric health and wellness in their first round of grant approvals for the 2018 cycle. Since 2003, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has dedicated itself to advancing the health and wellness of children in Michigan through philanthropic support emphasizing three pillars: Community Benefit, Pediatric Research and Medical Education. In 2017, CHMF identified five focus areas including injury prevention, oncology and cardiology research, abuse and neglect, mental health and nutritional wellness.

For example, the Foundation approved grants to:

Matrix Head Start

$46,728 has been awarded to the Matrix Head Start Program – Children’s Health Screening Project to better help fulfill the mission of complete and timely medical care for children at an early age. This program seeks to ensure that all young children receive the proper and most comprehensive medical treatment they need through health screenings and trainings covering: Vision, Hearing, Blood Pressure, Prevention of Communicable Disease, Anemia and Asthma. This grant will provide funds to purchase health related equipment and supplies allowing Matrix to better execute federally mandated health screenings/trainings.

Starfish Family Services

$50,000 was awarded to Starfish Family Services to fund screening, assessments and intervention programs for 40 children aged from birth to six years old. These children exhibit developmental delays that threaten their cognitive growth long term. Though they are enrolled in Early Childhood Care and Education Centers and/or mental health service centers, they do not qualify for services through public or private insurance. The goal of Starfish Family Services through this effort is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary developmental services that will strengthen the child’s developmental progress, while also enhancing the capacity of both parents and caregivers to successfully support and adhere to the child’s needs.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Due to a large number of children seeing a dramatic decline in their school performance during and after their hospitalization, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is contracting an in-house schoolteacher to help children stay current with their school work while hospitalized, and to aid with re-entry into the school system. This new role will provide educational services such as assisting in completion of school work, planning and implementing educational activities, and coordinating homebound services for those not able to return to school after discharge. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has awarded $51,200 to fund this endeavor.

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Many children diagnosed with epilepsy have seizures that can be well controlled with medication.  Unfortunately, approximately 30% of children with epilepsy develop seizures that cannot be controlled.  Researchers believe that brain inflammation and autoimmune mechanisms may play a role in the development of severe seizures in some children.  This research study will use PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a new approach to detect brain inflammation in children with uncontrolled epilepsy to pinpoint areas of inflammation and seizure focus to aid in epilepsy surgery and to assist in identifying children whose epilepsy may be responsive to immunotherapy.

Henry Ford Health System

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has awarded $50,000 to fund the Henry Ford Health System’s “Game on Cancer – Kid’s Club” program. This program will give children with family members who have received a cancer diagnosis the resources to work through the fear and anxiety that comes with such an unfortunate circumstance. The primary objective is to provide 1,200 children effected by a family member’s cancer diagnosis a Game On Kid’s Club toolkit, supportive services and an annual event in hopes to build a community network for kids to be able to take a ‘break’ from cancer and lean on each other for support, reinforcing that they are not alone.

Through funding and advocacy, CHMF enables researchers and community organizations to fund innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2011, CHMF has provided more than $40 million in grant funding.

“The footprint that we expect these approved grants to have within our community will not only directly impact the landscape of children’s health and well-being locally, but will do so throughout Michigan as well,” stated Lawrence, J. Burns President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To advance children’s health and wellness the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to supporting children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit

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