To meet the needs of people with Parkinson's, their families and healthcare providers, MPF has developed many effective programs throughout Michigan. Among these programs are:
- Information and referral: toll-free telephone line to provide information as well as referral to neurologists and other community resources;
- Information regarding Parkinson's and its management;
- Support groups, including orientation and training of facilitators;
- Educational programs for people with Parkinson's and their families;
- The Messenger, a quarterly newsletter;
- Education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals, including: a videotaped program for nursing home personnel, pamphlets and other resources;
- Financial assistance for daycare and medication;
- The Raymond B. Bauer Research Award which is awarded through a competitive process to researchers in Michigan universities studying some aspect of Parkinson's disease.
- Advocacy at the state and national level regarding issues affecting people with Parkinson's and their families, including working with other organizations to improve access to resources.
- Information on research studies being conducted in Michigan is available through the Messenger or by contacting the Michigan Parkinson Foundation.
- Michigan Parkinson Initiative Programs: multidisciplinary second opinion clinics, community educational forums, physician and other health professional education programs provided in local communities throughout the State.