Caring for the
The Health Fund believes a “whole person” approach to healthcare can improve health outcomes while reducing costs and saving time for providers and patients alike. From primary and behavioral health care to support services and healthy lifestyles that can prevent illness, we’re working toward a system of health centered on an individual’s range of needs rather than on silos of care.
For behavioral health, that means providing a service isn’t enough—we must ensure services are integrated with physical healthcare. That means there should be “No Wrong Door” for patients. Even if one provider can’t directly address a behavioral health challenge, they should be able to point patients toward the appropriate resources. And connecting people to services is just the first step. Truly integrated care includes patients and providers partnering to coordinate care, co-manage illnesses and challenges, and work holistically toward a healthier patient.
Integration also means thinking outside the traditional definitions of healthcare. We know that food can be medicine, schools can help young people establish healthy habits, and treating social isolation among older adults can prevent more harmful diseases. The Health Fund is helping to weave together the varied pathways to health, closing gaps and looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, ultimately helping Michigan residents achieve healthier outcomes.
Across our grantmaking, we support proposals to develop and expand innovative and cost-effective integration models that coordinate care, services, and community resources in ways that promote the health of children and older people.
In our grantmaking
Some of our grant opportunities require proposals to address one of our cross-cutting goals. Make sure to check specific RFPs for more details.