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Funds to Support Early Childhood, Asthma, Environmental Health Programs and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Detroit Health Department announced today that the Department has received more than $1 million in grant funds to support the development of new programs and initiatives for early childhood, asthma care and treatment, environmental health, and teen pregnancy prevention.

“Our Department is rebuilding around the wellbeing of our children, and the confidence of funders, such as the Kresge Foundation and the Skillman Foundation, in our efforts to fundamentally improve infant health, reduce teen pregnancy, and reduce asthma and its consequences is a testament to the value of this work,” said Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department.

The Department received 2-year grant funding from various resources including state, public, and foundation grants for the following programs:

Detroit Ready 2 Learn Initiative – The Detroit Health Department was awarded $612,500 from The Kresge Foundation toward an initiative to support early childhood development for several projects including increasing immunizations, improving WIC (Women, Infants and Children) wraparound services, and a new project to reduce infant mortality through peer mentorship.

Detroit Responsive Environment for Asthma Care and Treatment (D-REACT) – The Department was awarded $150,000 from The Skillman Foundation towards an initiative to generate real-time information on the health impact of air quality via a network of “smart inhalers” supplied to families in communities suffering from asthma to help them reduce asthma sick days. The data will be supplied anonymously to provide a real-time map of areas where poor air quality may be triggering asthma symptoms.

Environmental Health Equity – The Detroit Health Department was awarded $198,000 from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation to support an environmental health strategy focused on protecting residents from environmental hazards. These funds will also support a two-year fellowship aimed at working with City and non-profit partners toward improving environmental health, supporting food access, and neighborhood walkability.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention – The Detroit Health Department was awarded $35,000 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support reduction of teen pregnancy in Detroit by expanding access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives as a family planning option. Detroit Health Department will be implementing the program by working directly with teens, providers, and the community.

Zika/West Nile Mosquito Surveillance – The Detroit Health Department was awarded $28,000 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support Zika Virus Mosquito Surveillance and Community Support and West Nile Virus (WNV) surveillance and testing. The intent of this new program is to support development of a low-cost surveillance system geared toward identifying populations of certain mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika virus and West Nile Virus.




About the Detroit Health Department


The Detroit Health Department is mandated by the State of Michigan to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the City of Detroit. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life of Detroiters through innovative public health policy, programs, and partnerships, including shared responsibility for public safety and environmental health. The newly rebuilt Department is committed to accountability, transparency, and collaboration and to improving health as a means of interrupting intergenerational poverty.

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