About the Foundation

The Michigan Association of Health Plans launched the MAHP Foundation in 1998, as a vehicle to conduct research on issues affecting health plans and their members. The MAHP Foundation works to address several objectives:

  • To stimulate health plans to achieve prevention and public health goals, in conjunction with their communities;
  • To link health plan initiatives in disease management, with emphasis on assessing outcomes and disseminating findings; and
  • To create better alignment between medical and allied medical training programs and managed care approaches. 

The MAHP Foundation is committed to improving the health of the communities its member plans serve by promoting initiatives that improve the quality and delivery of health care.

In 1999, the MAHP Foundation collaborated with the Michigan Department of Community Health to address the growing burden diabetes in Michigan, developing tools for health plans and resources for health plan providers and members.  By 2003, that collaboration grew to include several chronic disease projects addressing asthma, cancer, diabetes, overweight and obesity, stroke and tobacco use.  In 2007, member health plans and their providers used nearly 20,000 pieces of resource materials, including educational brochures, foot test cards for people with diabetes, management plan forms for people with asthma, cancer screening reminder postcards, and other materials.

Foundation projects in recent years have included a survey of health plan members to identify factors that were barriers or motivators to colorectal cancer screening; an examination of the relationship between school health centers and health plans; development of a consensus plan to advocate improvements in Medicaid maternal child health.  With the MSU Institute for Health Care Studies, the MAHP Foundation examined the outcomes of Medicaid patients who have had bariatric surgery.  The Foundation has also worked with Tomorrows Child to improve infant safe sleep education in primary care practices identified by health plans.

The MAHP Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  


Lisa Farnum, Managing Director

Board of Directors

Dominick Pallone, President
Michigan Association of Health Plans

Bobby Jones, Treasurer
CareSource Georgia

RoAnne Chaney
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

James Forshee, MD
Priority Health

Richard Nowakowski
Nowakowski & Associates

James J. Tighe
Michigan Fitness Foundation

Renee Canady, Ph.D.
Michigan Public Health Institute