Mission & History

Mission

To improve the health of Michigan residents, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors, while reducing the cost of health care.

History

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund, or the Health Fund for short, was created through Public Act 4 of 2013, which authorized certain changes on how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) operates. The law requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to a health endowment fund that benefits Michigan residents, and specified that the fund should focus on children and seniors, with funding in eight areas:

  • Behavioral health
  • Health services for foster and adopted children
  • Access to healthy food
  • Wellness and fitness
  • Infant mortality
  • Technology enhancements
  • Health-related transportation
  • Foodborne illness prevention

You can learn more about the eight focus areas here.

In 2015, the Health Fund Board of Directors, composed of nine individuals appointed by the governor, hired the first staff. The following year, the organization adopted its first strategic plan, which you can view here, as well as a one-pager summary here

In 2021, the Health Fund released an updated strategic plan to guide the organization’s work for 2021-2025. You can view that document here and see the key points in this two-page brief

These endeavors will illuminate successful strategies and practices, helping grantees become more effective and guiding future funding for maximum impact.

Tim Damschroder

Health Fund Board Chair

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