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Panel Probes Dental Care Access IssueOpen in a New Window

Many people in Michigan aren't receiving adequate dental care; at least that was the clear message provided through testimony before the Senate Health Policy Committee today. However, there was not necessarily full agreement about what's at the root of the situation.

Dr. Brenda COUGHLIN of Great Lakes Bay, an organization that operates health centers in Saginaw and the surrounding area, described the high demand for dental care her group has experienced. Great Lakes is virtually the only health clinic in that region that will provide dental care to patients on Medicaid, which only reimburses dentists for 25 percent of the cost of procedures, she said. 

"We'd get 1,000 calls in day from patients," Coughlin told the committee. "It would take us more than half a year to see the people who had called us on one day." 

Paul CROWLEY, Chief Dental Officer for Great Lakes Bay, said dental care just isn't readily available to many Medicaid patients. 

"It's clear that the need is great and access is low," Crowley said. 

But Sen. David ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc) said he had reason to believe the situation wasn't entirely due to a lack of access. Robertson said he has friends who are dentists who said they donate "chair time" to provide care to low-income patients, who quite often don't show up for the service. 

In response, Crowley doubled down. 

"There are great dentists out there, but they have to make a living," Crowley said. "Most of my friends are dentists and most of them don't take Medicaid." 

According to testimony, at the low reimbursement rate Medicaid pays for dental treatment, it isn't even worth it for dentists to bother with the paperwork. 

The situation regarding dental care for Michigan adults on Medicaid was contrasted at the hearing with what Michigan children who are eligible for the state's Healthy Kids program face. Healthy Kids reimburses dentists at a 60 percent rate and is considered a model program nationally. In addition, according to testimony, lack of adequate dental care for adults leads to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. 

Sen. Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge) said a Healthy Adults Program was probably what is needed to address the problem adult Medicaid patients face, regarding dental care. 

Larry DeGROAT, president of the Michigan Dental Association, broke down the access to dental care problem into three major areas. Disbursement of dentists, with some areas of the state having too few; Medicaid reimbursement rate, with the rate being so low that most dentists won't accept it; and patient education, where too many patients don't understand the value of preventive care. 

DeGroat said his group is working on a proposal to help provide more access to dental care by modifying PA 161 of 2005, which allows a dental hygienist, under supervision of a dentist, to see patients in underserved areas. 

More than once, committee chair Sen. Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake) said the committee is seeking actual data, which would help identify and define the "access issue." He also made it clear that further information will be sought as the committee pursues the issue.

  

  

Source: MIRS 

Posted: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

 

Metro Detroit Health Centers benefit from Federal FundingOpen in a New Window

Over the past six years the Affordable Care Act and other legislation has led to more than $100 million in grants to be given to Metro Detroit Health Centers. This funding has helped the health centers expand there services, add new programs and more. 

   

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Source: Crain's Detroit Business

 

CFH wins mini grant for community discussion of minority health disparities at July 18 event in JacOpen in a New Window

JACKSON, MI – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a joint mini grant to the Center for Family Health and Community African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) to advance community awareness of health disparities for minorities. 

The grant will fund a facilitated discussion of health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which disproportionately affect African-Americans and Latinos. 

The event will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 18 at Community AME Church, 218 E. Franklin Street in Jackson. 

“Our goal is to explore the problem of health disparities for minority populations and the challenge of how to get more of these individuals into medical care to extend their lives,” said Molly Kaser, CEO for the Center for Family Health. “We are working with the local AME Church and others to look at what we can do to help improve the health of neighborhood residents.” 

“The Church is interested in making sure this neighborhood has support services that can help improve the lives of our residents. We are looking forward to this and will be working with the Center and others to invite residents to the discussions,” said the Rev. Melvin Hitchens, pastor of Community AME Church. 

Food and child care will be provided at the event, and two dozen community organizations will be on hand with information about their programs and services. 

Grant assistance was provided by the Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with National Minority Health Month in April. National Minority Health Month was launched 101 years ago by Booker T. Washington as National Negro Health Week. It has since grown into a month-long campaign to raise awareness of health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. 

Anyone wishing to attend or wanting more information should contact Terry Langston at (517) 748-5500. 

About Center for Family Health 

The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, a dental clinic, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays. 

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Traverse Health Clinic Will Open a New LocationOpen in a New Window

The Traverse Health Clinic will open a new location in October to help with the growing needs in the area. The $1.5 M expansion of the clinic will be almost twice the size of the Health Centers current facility. 

  

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Source: Bloomberg

 

Michigan Health Center receive extra funding in 2016Open in a New Window

Northwest Michigan Health Services has been chosen as one of nine health centers to receive additional funding from The Office of Rural Health Policy. On August 1st, each health center will receive about $200,000 for the 2016 year.

 

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Source: Health Care Finance 

 

Expansion Approved for Thunder BayOpen in a New Window

Thunder Bay Community Health Service Inc. has been approved by the Rogers City Planning Commission to expand their building on US-23. The Health Center is looking to create an addition on the back of the building to expand services. 

  

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Source: The Alpena News

 

Oakland Primary Health Services Open's New LocationOpen in a New Window

The people of Pontiac now have a new Health Center in their area to serve the uninsured and under-insured. Oakland Primary Health Services opened the new clinic in Pontiac's Woodward Loop and this clinic is a larger, more modern space. 

  

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Source: Oakland Press News

 

Cherry Health School-Based Health Centers Open for SummerOpen in a New Window

Cherry Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Grand Rapids, alongside the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Kent School Services Network will have three School-Based Health Centers open for the summer. The Centers are open to treat people from the age of 10 years old to 21 years old this summer. The services are offered from Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm.

 

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Source: MLive

 

UGL Calumet Site Awarded Dental Health FundingOpen in a New Window

The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center has received funds to increase access to dental care in the Calumet area. 

The funding will be used to provide oral health care services at the Calumet Family Health Center for adults and children, whether or not they have insurance coverage. 

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Source: WNMU-FM

 

Hackley Community Care Receives Site Approval for Centering PregnancyOpen in a New Window

Muskegon, MI – Hackley Community Care (HCC) and the OB and Women’s Health Services Department has been awarded Site Approval by the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) for Centering Pregnancy.

The site visit took place on June 1, 2016, with a reviewer from CHI. Individual interviews were conducted with the OB Department manager and team members, the Centering Steering Committee and Administrative teams. The reviewer also attended a Centering group session with participants and facilitators later in the day.

CHI issued the approval upon review of the Centering Counts Data, application and site reviewer’s report. The overall review determined Hackley Community Care demonstrated fidelity to the Centering model of care within the organization, and has incorporated Centering within all aspects of the OB and Women’s Health department and budget. Through these steps, the Centering program is on track for sustainability. The site approval also demonstrates a commitment of considerable time, energy and resources. CHI also stated that it is rare for a site to receive full approval with their initial application.

Hackley Community Care is now listed as an officially approved site on the CHI website.

You can learn more about Centering Pregnancy at https://www.centeringhealthcare.org/.

Learn more about Hackley Community Care’s OB and Women’s Health Services and our Centering program at http://www.hackleycommunitycare.org/services/ob-and-womens-health-services/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hccwomenshealthservices/ .

 

Dental Clinic in Jackson Receives $350,000 Federal Funding Boost and Expands ServicesOpen in a New Window

JACKSON, MI– The new Center for Family Health Dental Clinic has been awarded $350,000 in annual support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The award, announced June 13, 2016, by the Health Resources and Services Administration, helps the Center for Family Health expand dental services to all adults who need care, regardless of whether they are medical patients at the Center, and regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

The Dental Clinic opened May 16, 2016, at 500 N. Jackson Street. It is a state-of-the-art facility with 20 dental chairs and room to expand. With 22,000 square feet of space across two floors, the facility enables the Center for Family Health to broaden dental services previously limited mostly to children.

Built and equipped at a cost of $8.5 million, the Dental Clinic was financed in part by generous community and charitable support. Construction is complete, but fundraising continues, thanks to a Challenge Grant from the Weatherwax Foundation.

Donors include Henry Ford Allegiance Health, the Jackson Health Plan Endowment, the Delta Dental Foundation, the Alvin Glick Foundation, the Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation, the Samuel Higby and Margaret H. Camp Charitable Foundation, and the Myers Trust. The Weatherwax Foundation’s ongoing challenge grant promises $200,000 if the Center raises an additional $600,000 in donations.

“While we thank the community for the financial support given to expand adult dental services, the work is not done,” said Terry Langston, Communications and Development Officer for the Center for Family Health. “We still need to raise an additional $300,000 to achieve the Weatherwax Challenge grant,” Langston said. “Every penny counts, and we welcome community members to donate today.”

About Center for Family Health
The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, a dental clinic, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.

 

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Source: Center for Family Health

 

Northwest Michigan Health Services Receives Mini Grant for Food & Nutrition Prescription InitiativeOpen in a New Window

The Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network awarded a total of $8,000 to eight innovative food and agriculture projects.

The funds were part of the organization's first-ever round of "mini seed grants," designed to jump-start projects that could enhance local food systems, said Carol Danly of the Food and Farming Network.

Among the awardees, Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Traverse City, Michigan for their food and nutrition prescription initiative.

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Source: Traverse City Record Eagle

 

Hamilton Community Health Network Celebrates First Family Medicine Resident ProgramOpen in a New Window

The first graduating class of the Hamilton Community Health Network Family Medicine Resident Program occurred in June 2016. The program focuses on delivering medical care through population-based care and the Primary Care Medical Home model of health care. The inpatient portion of the training is in partnership with Hurley Medical Center.

"We are very proud of their accomplishments and excited for the residents themselves," stated Clarence Pierce, CEO, for the Federally Qualified Health Center located in Flint, Michigan.

The Dental Residency Program also graduated. 
Dr. Michael Lacaze, D.O., Dr. Amy Yip, D.O., Dr. Alexis Peplinski, D.O., nd Dr. Jasmina Saric, DMD, successfully completed their board certifications and residency.

 

Source: MLive

 

Fifteen Michigan Health Centers Receive HHS Awards for Expansion of Oral Health ServicesOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, June 17, 2015 – Yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $156 million in funding awarded to 420 Health Centers in 47 states to increase access to integrated oral health care services. In Michigan, fifteen Health Centers received awards totaling $5,583,097.

With this funding, Health Centers will be able to expand integrated oral health services and increase the number of patients served nationwide, an estimated 785,000 new patients.

“Michigan currently has a shortage of dental providers in medically underserved communities,” said Loretta V. Bush, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 77 counties are designated as a Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Area. The oral health service awards will enable the Health Centers to hire dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides and technicians in order to reach the patients in their communities who need preventive dental care.”

The fifteen Michigan Health Centers and their award amounts follow:

 

Health Center Organization

Location

Grant Amount

Advantage Health Centers

Detroit

$525,000

Alcona Health Center

Harrisville

$350,000

Baldwin Family Health Care

Baldwin

$350,000

Center for Family Health

Jackson

$350,000

Cherry Health

Grand Rapids

$350,000

Covenant Community Care, Inc.

Detroit

$525,000

Central City Integrated Health

Detroit

$350,000

Family Health Center, Inc.

Kalamazoo

$350,000

Grace Health

Battle Creek

$350,000

Health Delivery, Inc.

Saginaw

$350,000

Mid Michigan Community Health Services

Houghton Lake

$333,097

Northwest Michigan Health Services

Traverse City

$350,000

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network

Pontiac

$350,000

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Gwinn

$350,000

Western Wayne Family Health Centers

Inkster

$350,000

 


In the June 16, 2016 release, Secretary Burwell stated, “Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being. The funding awarded will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to Health Centers across the country.”

Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income. To learn more about Michigan Health Centers, visit www.mpca.net.

About Michigan Primary Care Association

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.



 

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Isabella County Health Center Receives Perfect Score on Federal Site InspectionOpen in a New Window

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. (ICH), a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary health care to residents of Isabella County, has successfully completed a site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ensuring continued funding from the Federal agency.


HRSA,
an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) via the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Health Centers receiving grant money from HRSA are required to be compliant with 19 program requirements in four general areas – need, services, management and finance, and governance, in order to receive a continuation of funding. ICH received no conditions against continued funding for any of the 19 program requirements – a rare achievement, especially for such a new FQHC.

The management staff at ICH credited much of the visit’s success to the Center’s staff.

 

“Meeting all 19 program requirements, without any conditions against the Center’s funding, is a testament to the exceptional people that make ICH’s success possible,” says Jennifer White, Executive Director at ICH. “I want to thank the staff, providers, and ICH’s Board of Directors, both past and present, for their time and dedication to our success. I am proud to be part of a team that has come together to create an organization from the ground up that will serve many, many people for years to come.”

 

“I am very proud of the team here at ICH. The visit results validated all the hard work and commitment to develop this much needed community resource,” says Michael McConnon, MD, Medical Director and Family Medicine Physician at ICH.  “It was a positive learning experience and we are eager to continue improving the way we help people access primary medical care in this community.”

 

ICH opened a community health center in 2013 with the purpose of providing primary medical care and related support services to all people in Isabella County and the surrounding area. The Center became a FQHC in 2015 and is one of the 39 FQHC organizations in Michigan. ICH served 4,337 people in 2015, and that number is growing every day, especially with the addition of a new Pediatric office this past January.

 

 “We are constantly working to recruit new providers and expand services to continue to increase access to primary medical care for people of all ages in central Michigan,” adds White.

ICH provides the full complement of primary health care services across all life cycles including behavioral health, dental, and the new site for pediatrics. These services are available to all people regardless of insurance status, age, race, color, socio-economic status, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, housing status, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap or disability, age, veteran status, or any other federally protected status.

 

ICH is a Federally Qualified Health Center that follows the Patient-Centered Medical Home care model and provides comprehensive primary care to people of all ages in the Isabella County area. The Health Center offers a wide variety of services to patients, with a commitment to improving overall health. The Center’s mission is to provide the highest level of health care, yielding an improved quality of life in Isabella County through assured access to primary health care.

 

To learn more about Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. www.isabellahealth.org.

 

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Source: Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc.


 

 

Family Health Center, Inc. Breaks Ground on New SiteOpen in a New Window

The Family Health Center, Inc. broke ground on a new $15 million Heath Center site to serve residents who live on Kalamazoo's west side from a location in the Milwood neighborhood.

The new site anticipates serving 30,000 patients annually.

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Source: WKZO


 

OIHN Receives Perfect Score from Federal GovernmentOpen in a New Window

Pontiac, Mich. – Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, received its first operational site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and received a perfect score resulting in continued funding for its sites in Pontiac and Oakland County.

HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) via the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Health Centers receiving grant money from HRSA are required to be compliant with 19 program requirements in four general areas – need, services, management and finance, and governance, in order to receive a continuation of funding.

In addition to receiving a perfect score, OIHN is the first Health Center in Michigan to receive a perfect score this year. “Health Centers are required, at least once every three years, to participate in an operational site visit from HRSA to review program requirements and ensure compliance,” said Debra Brinson, CEO, OIHN. “Many Health Centers receive conditions on their grant due to areas of non-compliance and are then allowed time to correct areas of non-compliance. It is rare for HRSA site visit reviewers to give a perfect score due to the stringent requirements of the program.”

“This accomplishment is a huge reflection of the work and commitment our organization and staff have for the patients and community we serve every day,” continued Brinson. “We are excited for the future of this organization and for the partnerships we continue to create to help individuals receive necessary health care services in Oakland County.”

OIHN received FQHC designation in May 2015 after receiving a New Access Point grant for three of its sites in Pontiac: Family Medicine Center, Orchard Lake Center, and Joslyn Smile Center. OIHN has seven sites throughout Oakland County, including five primary care sites, one dental site, and a school-based health center. The organization was created in 2012 to fill an unmet need for the community.

As a result of OIHN’s perfect score, the FQHC will continue to receive grant funding from HRSA for growing programs and create stability in providing comprehensive care to the community.

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About OIHN Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN) is a 501(c)(3) community health center with seven sites throughout Oakland County. Services are open to all, regardless of insurance or place of residence. OIHN's mission is to provide for the health and wellness needs of the underserved of Oakland County through the provision of comprehensive, integrated primary, behavioral health and dental care. For more information about Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, visit www.oihn.org.

Source: Oakland Integrated Health Network

 

Center for Family Health Gives Advocacy AwardsOpen in a New Window

Milestones and community progress were celebrated at the recent presentation of Health Care Champion awards by the Center for Family Health in Jackson.

More than 200 guests attended the awards banquet at the Country Club of Jackson, an event that helped mark the Center for Family Health's 25th Anniversary by honoring several key figures in the organization's founding.

Marsha Kreucher, former Community Action Agency director, received the Georgia Fojtasek Lifetime Health Advocacy Award. Dr. Dennis Means received the Social Justice & Advocacy Award for a non-elected official.

The late U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell was honored with the Social Justice & Advocacy Award for an elected official. Community Action Agency received the Corporate or Organizational Health Advocacy Award. Bobbi Brandt, a physician assistant at the Jackson High School Health Center, received the Exemplary Customer Service Award for a staff member.

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Source: MLive

 

Baldwin Family Health Care Breaks Ground on ExpansionOpen in a New Window

On May 16, 2016, Baldwin Family Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baldwin, Michigan, broke ground on their expansion.

The expansion will include a larger pharmacy as well as four additional medical exam rooms. The expansion was made possible with a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration as well as other fundraising efforts.

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Source: 9 & 10 News

 

InterCare Expanding in Benton TownshipOpen in a New Window

InterCare Community Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Bangor, Michigan, will soon be able to meet the growing need for comprehensive women's health care services at a new site expected to open in the fall of 2016.

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Source: Herald Palladium

 

Center for Family Health Ribbon Cutting ScheduledOpen in a New Window

JACKSON, MI – The public is invited to see the new Center for Family Health (CFH) Dental Clinic at an open-house celebration 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 17, 2016.

Completed this spring at 500 N. Jackson Street, the Dental Clinic has 22,000 square feet of clinical and office space on two floors, and another 11,000 square feet in the basement. Construction and equipment costs represent an $8.5 million investment by CFH and its generous community donors.

The new clinic has 20 dental chairs, expanding previous capacity for CFH dental services. The new building will allow an expansion of dental services for adults who are medical patients at the Center.
The May 17 event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the facility. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Oral health is essential to good overall health, but many adults in Jackson County live with pain because they’ve had no access to dental care,” said Molly Kaser, president and CEO of the Center for Family Health. “We are delighted to open our beautiful new Dental Clinic as part of our mission to expand access to health care in Jackson.”

About Center for Family Health
The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.

 

Source: Center for Family Health 

 

Center for Family Health Awarded $1 Million for Hillsdale ExpansionOpen in a New Window

JACKSON, MI – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1 million to the Center for Family Health to build a new medical home in Hillsdale.


The grant is part of a $260 million funding package announced May 4 for renovation, expansion, or construction projects at 290 community health centers in 45 states.


It will help finance construction of a new building for Center for Family Health—Hillsdale, a federally qualified health center that delivers quality primary care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.


Center for Family Health—Hillsdale opened 10 months ago in temporary quarters at 240 W. Carleton Road. A permanent building is in early planning stages.


“We are appreciative of this funding opportunity for Hillsdale,” said Molly Kaser, president and CEO of the Center for Family Health. “We opened in Hillsdale last August and have received a warm welcome from the community. We look forward to discussing ways in which this grant can

help us expand our services and better serve the people of Hillsdale County.”

 

About Center for Family Health


The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.


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Source: Center for Family Health

 

Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc. Receives Grant from CVSOpen in a New Window

Thunder Bay Community Health Services, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Hillman, Michigan, will receive a grant from the CVS Health Foundation for their work with asthma management. 

  

The new grants announced by CVS Health Foundation will support Health Centers who take an interest in chronic disease management and prevention, such as asthma, heart disease, and more. 

  

Source: inExecutive

 

Health Center to Receive $1,000,000 to Increase Access to Health Care in GwinnOpen in a New Window

GWINN, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) was awarded $1,000,000 to expand their site located in Gwinn, Michigan.  

This funding will be used to renovate the existing facility, the Gwinn Family Health Center, by adding an additional 2500 square feet in new construction and updating the current structure to facilitate modern health care delivery. 

Built in 1987, the current facility, is simply too small for UGL’s anticipated growth, said Elise Bur, UGL’s Administrative Director.  The proposed project is designed to create the space and functionality necessary to meet the demands of a modern health care center with a “team based” Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.

The project will reduce congestion, improve patient flow, enhance provider productivity, allow for more hours of service, improve the exchange of information between patients and their health care team and eliminate space issues. It will also provide more individuals and families with access to health care by allowing UGL to add additional health care providers.

Health and Human Service Secretary, Sylvia M. Burwell announced the award as a part of $260 million in Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center funding awarded to 290 Health Centers throughout the country. 

“Health Centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Today’s awards will empower Health Centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.”

UGL is one of only ten Health Centers in Michigan to receive this award.  Each of the Michigan Health Centers were award $1,000,000 to expand their services. 

The construction project will be staged to allow Upper Great Lakes Gwinn Family Health Center to continue seeing patients during the expansion project.     

Media Contacts:
Iola Brubaker, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center- Outreach Coordinator, 906.370.4075, iola.brubaker@uglhealth.org

About Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center is your community based primary care center.  We are designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing exceptional health care services for all people in the Upper Great Lakes region regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Our team of health care providers and support staff has adopted the model of practice known as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a model of healthcare based on an ongoing, personal relationship between a patient, doctor and the patient's care team. Whatever the medical needs – primary or secondary, preventive care, acute care, chronic care, behavioral health, or end-of-life care – the patient has a medical "home"; a single, trusted doctor and care team, through which continuous, comprehensive and integrated care is provided. 

  

  

Source: Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

 

Health Delivery Inc. Changes NameOpen in a New Window

Health Delivery, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Saginaw, Michigan, has announced a name change.

The health center is now Great Lakes Bay Health Centers. 

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers has 26 locations throughout the Saginaw area serving Arenac, Bay, Gratiot, Huron, Ionia, Lapeer, Macomb, Midland, Montcalm, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola and Washtenaw counties.

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Source: MLive


 
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