Priority Health, Michigan’s fastest growing health plan, is investing in the wellness of Michiganders with environmental regeneration through tree planting. The health plan has invested as an annual partner with ReLeaf Michigan, the only statewide tree planting non-profit organization. Through this partnership, Priority Health is helping ReLeaf Michigan to plant hundreds of trees in various locations across the state of Michigan and educating communities about the important health benefits of trees.
ReLeaf is now accepting applications for 2021 tree planting events. Applications may be submitted here for plantings on public property, such as parks, along streets, or land accessible to the public.
ReLeaf also provides education about trees and their impact on environmental and physical health. A free statewide virtual presentation is being offered on Tuesday, March 23 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Register to attend here.
"The connection between mental, physical and environmental health is undeniable, which is why Priority Health is passionate about collaborating with like-minded organizations, such as ReLeaf Michigan, to improve the health of our state through tree planting and education," said Praveen Thadani, president of Priority Health.
Since 1988, ReLeaf has worked with a network of arborists and tree experts to ensure that the right trees are planted in the right locations at the right time to ensure a high survival rate. Trees are also chosen to best serve the needs of each specific community.
"We are grateful for this support from Priority Health," said Melinda Jones, ReLeaf Michigan’s executive director. "ReLeaf Michigan is a small team with a big responsibility to our state and having great partners like Priority Health on our side helps make our work possible. We look forward to growing the partnership into the future."
In addition to tree plantings, ReLeaf Michigan provides tree education opportunities to communities, offering workshops and presentations on how to properly care for trees and the value that trees provide, encouraging residents to take a more proactive role in maintaining the health of trees on their property. The organization also provides consulting services to municipalities, helping keep trees healthy across the state.
ABOUT RELEAF MICHIGAN
ReLeaf Michigan is Michigan's only statewide non-profit tree planting organization, working with communities and organizations throughout Michigan to increase and restore our community tree canopies. Its mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant, and maintain them. The organization has planted more than 30,000 trees with over 400 Michigan communities.
ABOUT PRIORITY HEALTH
With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering a broad portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than a million members each year and offering a network that includes 97 percent of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Priority Health is the smart choice for people seeking affordable, quality health coverage.
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