Our Purpose

 

The Michigan Opioid Partnership is a public-private collaborative including the State of Michigan and key philanthropic organizations (listed below) who share the goal of decreasing Michigan opioid overdoses and deaths.

Our aim is to increase access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, which requires a multi-dimensional approach. The partnership helps hospitals and jails refine the process of identifying people with opioid use disorder during hospital visits and at jail intake and encourages them to initiate treatment via medication for opioid use disorder. The partnership also supports harm reduction efforts and advocates for cultural change to help individuals with opioid use disorder gain access to treatment.

To date, funding has supported Michigan hospital systems, jails, community foundations, and local nonprofits to pilot projects to combat the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and sustained recovery. As a result, people across the state of Michigan are beginning to receive increased access to lifesaving, evidence-based treatment and care.

Our History

 

In 2017, five health-focused, Michigan-based funders joined to create an initiative to help address the opioid epidemic through prevention, harm reduction, and treatment provision. The project, “Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses,” funded community coalitions with action plans to combat the effect of opioid and prescription drug misuse in their communities. In 2018, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and additional funders joined the initiative, and the project became known as the Michigan Opioid Partnership. Over time, the Michigan Opioid Partnership has evolved into a group of funders who are dedicated to addressing the opioid crisis through a flexible working group approach. Some efforts that we tackle involve all of the partners and others are on our own. But we hold the shared goals of exchanging information, strategizing and communicating often, no matter how closely we work with one another.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is home to the Michigan Opioid Partnership. And, like our partners, we sometimes manage projects that are independent of our peers, but are aligned with the partnership’s goals. Two examples of Community Foundation driven projects are the Emergency Department – Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Project and Addressing Racial Disparities in Opioid Treatment Project, which is generously funded by Vital Strategies.

Michigan Opioid Partnership

Grant applications are accepted by invitation only.

Key Partners

MHA Keystone Center - A certified patient safety organization

Health Initiatives Team

Emily Angyal, MSW

Program Coordinator, Health Initiatives

Emily coordinates our opioid projects, with a focus on equity and policy.

Lisa Jones, MPA

Program Assistant, Health Initiatives

Lisa provides a full range of administrative support to our team with a primary focus on our opioid projects.

Hannah McLaughlin, MSW

Program Officer, Health Initiatives

Hannah leads our health grantmaking and supports the development of health special projects and partnerships.

Marissa Natzke, MPH, RD

Project Manager, Health Initiatives

Marissa manages our opioid and health projects, with a focus on strategic planning and continuous improvement.

Carmen Thomas

 Consultant, Health Initiatives

Carmen leads guidance on compliance and financial technical assistance to our opioid project grantees.

Sarah Wedepohl, MSW

Director, Health Initiatives

Sarah leads our health focused strategy, organizational development, and health special projects and partnerships.

Clinical Consultants

Dominic Borgialli, DO, MPH

Hurley Medical Center

Christina Eickenroth, RN, CARN

Munson Medical Center

Andrew King, MD

Detroit Medical Center

Jacob Manteuffel, MD

Henry Ford Hospital

Joseph Miller, MD

Henry Ford Hospital

Jessica Moreno, PharmD, BCPP

Beaumont Health

Cara Poland, MD, MEd

Spectrum Health Grand Rapids

Nicholas Rademacher, MD

Trinity Health Grand Rapids

Jodi Swain, D-NP

McLaren Medical Group

Michigan Opioid Co-Chairs

Audrey Harvey, MPH, CPS

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Lynda Zeller

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Have questions for our team? Contact us at opioidresponse@cfsem.org.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use disorder, visit SAMHSA.gov/find-treatment and Michigan.gov/opioids 

Questions? Feel free to contact

Marissa Natzke

Project Manager, Health Initiatives, Michigan Opioid Partnership