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TB Control Program Wins Health Innovation Grant


Washtenaw County Public Health's Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program has won a Health Innovation Grant through the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The grant funding (nearly $6,000) will allow the Washtenaw County TB Program to pilot test the use of testing methods new to the program. Currently, intradermal or skin tests are used. TB skin tests are inexpensive, but require return visits 48 to 72 hours after the test and have many false positives. Patients with false positive tests may receive x-rays and medication unnecessarily. Grant funds will be used to purchase a limited number of interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) tests, which are more expensive than skin testing, but require only one patient visit. They are also more accurate in many instances. IGRA tests will be made available to patients with specific risk factors for false positives. TB skin tests will remain in use for the majority of patients.

As a part of the grant project, Washtenaw County Public Health will document the cost savings of adopting the new testing methods more permanently. Expected savings include reduced staff time, no patient return visits and fewer unnecessary x-rays or medications.

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News release from Michigan Department of Community Health

More Than $1 Million in Health Innovation Funds Awarded to 42 Projects in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) today announced the awardees of the Health Innovation Grant. This funding will be distributed to 42 one-time projects with an innovative approach to improving the delivery of Michigan’s health services to residents.

MDCH will grant funding for 42 projects across Michigan for a total of $1,076,358. The purpose of awarding these Health Innovation Grants is to allow for the ability to bridge the gap between creative, collaborative ideas and their implementation. The request for proposal was originally announced on Oct. 7, 2013.

“We received an overwhelming response from Michigan organizations eager to implement a creative, new approach to challenging health issues facing Michiganders,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “While narrowing the applicants down to the finalists was not an easy task, we are confident that the projects that received awards will make a significant impact in addressing the health of Michiganders.”

Michigan has a broad number of public health priorities that can be addressed creatively to shape the future health of Michigan’s citizens. The 42 applicants that were awarded funds through the Health Innovation Grant include projects that address issues such as underage drinking, chronic disease, health transportation, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, health disparities in children, dental care, and much more.

The majority of applicants provided matching funds for their project in order to increase the potential impact of the grants. The projects reported a total matching amount of $1,641,218 for a total impact of $2,727,923 in the state of Michigan.

For a full listing of all 42 award winners, visit

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