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Hospice of Michigan Receives Grant to Expand Community Outreach Efforts in Kent County

Hospice of Michigan has received a $225,000 grant from the Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation to develop a community outreach program to reach the Hispanic population in Kent County.
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI, February 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Hospice of Michigan has received a $225,000 grant from the Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation to develop a community outreach program to reach the Hispanic population in Kent County.

HOM is working with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan to develop the program, which will be led by a full-time, bilingual nurse who will serve as community outreach liaison between

HOM and the Hispanic community. The new liaison will focus on:

Creating opportunities for people to learn about hospice services

Developing and promoting health and wholeness

Establishing community partnerships and awareness building initiatives

The Center is a non-profit community-based organization, primarily serving the needs of the Hispanic community in West Michigan.

"Nation-wide, Hispanics are less likely than Caucasians to use hospice services, although there is evidence that their need for services may actually be greater," said Marcie Hillary, vice president of resource development at HOM. "To help change this situation locally, Hospice of Michigan is developing a program in the heart of Grand Rapids' Hispanic culture that will provide a greater awareness of hospice care and the benefits it provides."

The $225,000 grant will support HOM's community outreach program for a three-year period.

Once the program reaches a consistent census of 16-18 patients, it will be supported financially through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance company reimbursements. The first step in developing the program will be to hire a community outreach liaison.

Those interested in applying for the community outreach liaison position should visit or contact Lisa Metzdorf at 616.356.5203.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original - and largest - hospice in the state of Michigan. The non-profit organization cares for more than 1,200 patients each day in 56 counties, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers innovative programs to enhance the quality of care for people at the end of life, education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals, caregiver education materials, cultural diversity programs for end-of-life care, and research and education programs at the Maggie Allesee Center for Quality of Life. For more information, call Hospice of Michigan's CARE Center 24/7 at 888.247.5701 or go to

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