Community Impact

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation grants are empowering Michigan residents to make a difference in health care. See how they've made their mark by reading their success stories.

Student Award recipient explores key to healthy aging

What are the secrets to long-term health? We all know we're supposed to eat well and exercise. But, as Wayne State University doctoral student Nasim Ferdows has learned, there's a lot more at work.

Ferdows is a 2015 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award Program recipient.

"Different studies have identified different factors that influence aging, each drawing from a different point in life,” Ferdows said. "Inspired by these studies, I hypothesized that it is actually a combination of multiple direct and indirect factors over the course of an individual’s life that determines whether someone ages well or will develop chronic health issues."

Ferdows found that healthy aging actually starts in childhood. Her research could lead to programs that specifically address aging factors at all stages of life. Her goal is to inform the state's policy makers and garner their support for increasing the quality of health for Michigan residents throughout their lives.

To read more stories about how our latest grant recipients are making strides in health care research, see our 2016 Annual Report (PDF).

In the news

Read more about how our funding is improving health care across Michigan communities.

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How a Detroit hospital is fighting violence with a public health approach

Gunshot wound and stabbing victims show up at Sinai-Grace Hospital for treatment on most days. Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday helps address the victim's safety and puts them on a path to success.

Cadillac youth fit program helping teens make healthier choices

The young women of Cadillac Junior High are taking part in a program called Youth Fit, which promotes facts about healthy nutrition and increases participants’ exposure to physical activity.

Beyond the card: coming together to end Michigan's opioid epidemic 

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation partnered with other local organizations to give $455,000 in grants to target the issue of increasing opioid addiction.