Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Michigan Technological University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Portage Health Foundation

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

A community health partnership between the foundation and Michigan Tech leverages the missions, strengths and financial resources of both organizations to develop sustainable health, wellness, education and economic growth for the area. The partnership will serve the residents of four counties: Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon.

Portage Health Foundation’s goal is “to be a catalyst in promoting and improving the overall health of our community through collaborating with other community partners to make the healthy choice and easy choice,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the foundation. The partnership will collaborate with key community stakeholders such as UP Health System, the MTEC SmartZone, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and the Great Lakes Family Health Center to provide health, wellness and educational resources.

The partners will each invest $140,000 annually over the next five years to increase scholarships and health education opportunities for local students.

At Michigan Tech, the partnership will focus on research and education. Plans include:

Three new endowed professorships at Michigan Tech to develop health-related community collaborations, increase health-related research, advance health technology, and foster innovative/entrepreneurial activity.
The Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Preventative and Community Health
The Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Medical Informatics
The Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Technological Innovation
Research Excellence Funds awarded annually to support high-potential, high-impact research projects in health. Funding will provide seed money for research projects, support for commercialization of health-related technologies, and funding for infrastructure and equipment.
Portage Health Foundation scholarships/fellowships/internships/research experiences providing local undergraduate and graduate students the financial support and unique experiences they need to succeed in their health-related fields of study.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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