Increased Access to Health Care Coming to Oakland County
Friday, May 8, 2015
As many as 3,000 local residents will have increased access to health care services as the result of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarding $704,167 in new access point funding under the Affordable Care Act to Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN).
On May 5, 2015, HHS announced $101 million in grant awards to 164 new health center sites across the country to support the delivery of primary and preventive health care services in U.S. communities that need them most, including Oakland County and the City of Pontiac. OIHN is one of eight organizations in Michigan to receive this funding that is estimated will increase access to care for over 28,000 Michiganders.
“Accessing quality, affordable health care services continues to be a challenge for many individuals and families in the Pontiac area,” said Debra Brinson, MPA, chief executive officer, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network. “We are honored to be stewards of this resource for the community and patients we serve. This new access point funding and designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center will enable us to expand our services to more people in need, including those experiencing homelessness, and to be their ongoing health care partner.”
Partnership is the foundation on which OIHN was established in 2012 in response to the need for increased access to coordinated health care, and the vision for a healthier community.
“Through collaboration with the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, the local hospitals and health department, and others, OIHN is now an important community partner and resource for the City of Pontiac and Oakland County,” said Phillip Henry, board president. “Our community’s development, urban rehabilitation, and economic recovery all start with healthy individuals and families who have access to quality health care. As the result of this funding, OIHN can continue to carry out its mission of meeting the health and wellness needs of our most vulnerable neighbors by providing comprehensive, integrated primary care through a collaborative approach.”
OIHN provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care at five locations in Pontiac, Waterford, and Southfield. Each location is open to all, regardless of insurance, ability to pay, or place of residence.
“We look forward to continued collaboration with our community partners to ensure individuals and families in Oakland County have access to the health and human services they need to stay healthy,” said Brinson.
Source: Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network