Ingham Community Health Center
Ingham Community Health Centers (ICHC) has purchased a 40,000 square foot building and will relocate adult services to this new site, which will include primary medical care, specialty care, behavioral health services, dental services, and an on-site laboratory. The building will support the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care and is designed for three integrated care teams. Approximately 3,600 square feet will be leased to a community agency for collaboration of services.
Ingham County Health Department’s ICHC has a long-standing, successful history of providing public health and primary care services to hard-to-serve populations. A core value of ICHC is to improve health equity by working toward a fair and just distribution of social resources and social opportunities needed to achieve well-being. ICHC was formed in the 1970s to address the primary health care needs of the medically underserved residents of Ingham County. ICHC is unique in that it is both a public entity and a Health Center Program grantee. There are currently 10 ICHC primary care sites in locations throughout the City of Lansing improving the health disparity for its residents. The Ingham County Health Department also provides medical care at the Ingham County Jail and the Ingham County Youth Center. ICHC has “dual status” in that it has both Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and FQHC Look-Alike (FQHC LA) designations.
- Location: Ingham Community Health Center, 2316 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910
- Contact: Barb Mastin, Executive Director, 517.887.4361
- Project Cost: $1.2 million
- Size: 40,000 sq. ft.; 1 floor
- Building Purchased: December 2013
- Expected Groundbreaking: August 2014
- Expected Completion: April 2015
Meeting Community Need, Increasing Access, Expanding Services
ICHC provides health care services to approximately 22,000 unduplicated patients with 67,000 visits and has successfully operated a well-respected Health Care for the Homeless, Section 330H grant since 1987. The staff is a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of highly trained health care professionals who are committed and passionate about their work. ICHC is the main access to health care for individuals in Ingham County who are uninsured, and the only access for the county’s residents who are homeless. This new site will increase its capacity to serve uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable individuals by consolidation of services focusing on adult primary care with integration of services.
Reaching Special Populations
Ingham County Health Department secured Section 330H Health Care for the Homeless federal assistance in 1988, with continuous federal funding since. As a Health Care for the Homeless grant recipient, the ICHC continue to serve and target individuals within the Central Lansing Service Area. This area consists of 40,315 individuals with 53% of this target population living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. As the state’s fifth largest city and Ingham County’s largest city, Lansing is confronted with issues specific to large urban areas, including high levels of homelessness. In addition, Ingham County is one of the seven refugee resettlement sites in the state and conducts health assessments within 30 days of entry into the country.
With the consolidation of services and economies of scale, quality measures should increase and improve outcomes with focuses on diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.
Program Innovation / Model of Delivery
Three existing Health Centers will consolidate operations into this new ICHC site, affording economies of scale and allowing centralized functions (e.g., scheduling, referrals, triage). This Federally Qualified Health Center will offer adult primary medical and dental health care services with integrated behavioral health services.
Community Collaboration / Service Integration
ICHC will collaborate with:
• CEI Community Mental Health for integrated behavioral health services
• Michigan State University for physician services
• Sparrow Health Systems for physician services
• Sparrow Regional Laboratories for on-site lab services
Innovation in Design
A new bus shelter adjacent to the bus stop in front of the new site will be included in the exterior design with a walkway to the entrance.
Impact on Social Determinants of Health
With the renovation of this new site, ICHC will revitalize health care services in Lansing’s southside neighborhood. It is adjacent to a homeless shelter, allowing for the delivery of health care to a vulnerable population which typically cannot access care. Community partnerships and future plans for an on-site pharmacy will move this project into the next decade as a full-service site.
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