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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley visits Western Wayne Family Health CenterOpen in a New Window

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley recently visited one of the Western Wayne Family Health Centers for a site tour and to learn about exactly what they do.


The group has locations in Taylor, Lincoln Park and Inskter. Calley visited the Inkster location, but learned about all three clinics during his visit.


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Source: The News-Herald


Grace Health Centers Care for Pregnant Women, Reduces Premature BirthsOpen in a New Window


In some Michigan counties, infant mortality rates rival those of developing nations. This is especially true among certain racial and ethnic groups, many of whom are needy and have limited access to comprehensive prenatal care. 

That didn’t sit well with Grace Health in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Although many socioeconomic determinants impact the infant mortality rate, many neonatal deaths are associated with prematurity and low birth weight. Increasing access to prenatal care and improving overall health literacy can help keep moms — and their infants — healthier.

“We knew we wanted to pursue a model of care that would help women feel successful, prepared, and empowered during their pregnancies,” said Jill Wise, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Specialty Services for Grace Health.

Fortunately, a proven model for that type of personalized care exists in CenteringPregnancy. CenteringPregnancy offers a whole-health, whole-person approach to prenatal care.

In Centering, pregnant women with similar due dates into small peer groups for their 10 prenatal visits. Health assessments, interactive learning, and guided discussions are all facilitated through these groups. Each mom-to-be has the opportunity to connect — not just with their providers, but with each other. And, as they do, they break through the age-, race-, and socioeconomic-driven barriers that might otherwise divide them.

“When women have the support of other women alongside their health care professionals, they can access that community’s resilience,” said Loretta V. Bush, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). “Those relationships cultivate trust and help Health Centers meet the needs of their communities.”

Visits range from 90 minutes to two hours, giving women nearly 10 times more time with their providers. During those visits, each woman is empowered to do more, like take her weight and blood pressure, and record her own health data. She is effectively given ownership of her own care.

Once health assessments are complete, the group circles up to learn about nutrition, infant care, stress management, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and any other issues the group wants to address. No question is too strange or too personal. According to one participant, “The group discussions left me feeling like I actually accomplished something at my prenatal appointments.”

In fact, many women shared glowing recommendations. “I loved my Centering experience,” Erin Kyle said. Kyle and her boyfriend entered the program after visiting Grace Health for a pregnancy test. “After receiving a positive [pregnancy test], we were assisted right away in creating a health care plan, which included the opportunity to participate in a process called Centering.”

Kyle noted that Centering also placed a heavy emphasis on actively engaging fathers throughout the process. Program facilitators taught fathers what to expect with regards to labor, birth, and recovery — as well as how to handle the first few days with a new baby.


By actively engaging women and their partners with practical knowledge and advice rather than directing them to outside resources, Centering aims to increase health literacy and promote healthy behaviors. And that translates directly to better outcomes for moms and babies — exactly what Grace Health had hoped to accomplish. 

To quantitatively prove that its patients receive excellent care, Grace Health decided to pursue accreditation through The Centering Healthcare Institution. Achieving model fidelity necessitates strong support from staff, administrators, and patients, as well as meeting 13 program metrics. During the accreditation process, site assessors identified program strengths and made suggestions for improvement.

“One of the most important things we look for in a site visit is how well integrated CenteringPregnancy is in the fabric of the organization,” said Peg Dublin, consultant for the Centering Healthcare Institute.  “At Grace Health, it was very obvious that Centering was well-respected.”

According to Dublin, Centering was featured prominently throughout all aspects of the organization, making it clear that leadership took great pride in having Centering as an important model of care for pregnant patients.

“During the session I observed, Grace Health’s staff did an excellent job making the group interactive, engaging, and supportive,” Dublin said. “I was also impressed by the support Grace Health receives from the MPCA, including the start-up process, staff training, and monthly phone calls. It’s an excellent model that allows Federally Qualified Health Centers to learn from one another and solve any challenges that arise.”

Grace Health met and exceeded the accreditation requirements in many areas this past October. A full 100 percent of participants were satisfied with their care, and four out of five women were breastfeeding when they were discharged from the hospital. Perhaps most notably, only 5 percent of babies were born prematurely, a full 2.2 percentage points lower than the site approval standard. That’s clinically significant, particularly given the fact that few true preterm-birth prevention strategies exist.

“When mothers go into parenting with the tools and confidence they need to make well-informed choices, the evidence is in a healthy child,” Bush said. “As an added benefit, it’s also a much more efficient use of funds.”

According to The Centering Healthcare Institute, reducing the number of preterm births nationwide could save $8 billion in preterm baby care costs in the first year. Centering doesn’t just create better lives; it also improves bottom lines — for Health Centers and the families they serve.

Grace Health is determined to build on Centering’s success. Its team has set firm goals to increase the number of patients who receive Centering care over the next year and continue improving health outcomes for its community.

“[Centering] set my boyfriend and me up for so much success,” Kyle said. “That’s something we can never repay. We are better prepared parents because of Centering at Grace Health.”

For more information about CenteringPregnancy, please visit



Changing Lives, One Screening at a TimeOpen in a New Window

Genesee County's Community Health Center health coaches recently met with Sara Coates and Nina Lavi of the Michigan Primary Care Association to explain the special efforts underway to provide care to homeless patients.  These health coaches work with community members, who are also Health Center patients. Nearly 90 percent of patients seen in their clinics are homeless, but the health coaches are determined to make a seemingly impossible job possible.


Stevie Bingham, an outreach and enrollment specialist, along with Jessica Kuzawinski and Russ Hill, who are health coaches, also known as community health workers, shared their insights with MPCA.  They discussed the biggest barriers to breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening among a population of people who don’t have permanent housing, and who often can’t be reached for regular appointments.


Kuzawinski focuses on many projects, including the breast and cervical cancer screening project. “With our population, sometimes we have to address the problems [of homelessness/substance use] first,” she explained. One way the clinic is able to overcome these obstacles is by use of a mobile unit, which effectively brings healthcare to the community members.


“Everything that we have here in the office is on wheels and goes to different locations throughout the week. The goal for that is to be our big, huge advertisement for, ‘Here we are! You can get services right here in the parking lot,’ and we can still address the mammograms and pap-smears and colorectal [screening]. There are still services they [patients] can receive or start the process on the mobile unit.”


Hill focuses on the colorectal cancer screening project. When asked about the barriers he faced to get clients screened for colorectal cancer, he discussed the fear that comes with the preventive procedures.


“The biggest fear, as far as in conversation [with patients and community members] is whenever you look at colorectal kind of stuff, everybody immediately goes to colonoscopies. And if that comes up, ‘Oh my God, I don’t want that,’ we can always offer the idea of the FIT (fecal immunochemical) tests.”


Bingham, the outreach and enrollment specialist, added, “I’ve seen way more success with getting the FIT kits returned [to the lab] than with follow-through with those [colonoscopy] appointments.”


The clinic posts flyers about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, mammograms and pap-smears, which have shown to be helpful with drawing patients in for initial appointments.


“I would say, over the last week and half or two weeks, I’ve had at least seven people call me and say, ‘Hey, what’s this [colorectal cancer screening] all about?’ and then I can direct them here to get the kits or schedule a colonoscopy,” Russ explained.


“I probably get a phone call once or twice a week, sometimes two or three times a week, just from the flyers. So those have helped a lot,” Bingham agreed.


Kuzawinski and Hill, along with ten other health coaches at the clinic, work hard to ensure community members and patients who fall within the guidelines have the opportunity to get screened for cancer. The work they do is changing lives, one screening at a time.


Western Wayne Receives Grant from American Cancer Society and NFLOpen in a New Window

Inkster, Mich., October 21, 2016


Women will be treated to a “Girls Day Out” with vital health screenings, pampering, fun, crafts, food, gifts, prizes, health information and get transported to get their mammograms in a pink party bus at A Crucial Catch Day party at Western Wayne Family Health Centers (WWFHC) in Inkster.  On Tuesday October 25, 2016, the event will be from 9am to 5pm, and also features a live remote radio broadcast with Randi Myles from Praise 102.7.


The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch Initiative has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society.


As part of its Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) initiative, the American Cancer Society has awarded a $50,000 grant to WWFHC to continue efforts to provide education, outreach and navigation, and help individuals access breast cancer screenings in the Detroit area.  This is the second year WWFHC has received this grant.


Detroit is one of 32 cities to have a grant recipient now focused on reducing the unequal burden of cancer by educating women on the importance of regular mammograms. Western Wayne plans to reach out to women to educate them about reducing their risk of breast cancer and guide women to low- or no-cost breast cancer screening resources. 

“There are a lot of misconceptions about getting mammograms in our community—especially with African American women”, says Linda Atkins, CEO of Western Wayne Family Health Centers. “By making the day fun and about empowerment, we hope to get more women to get their mammogram, put their health first, and learn that there is nothing to be afraid of.  Early detection saves lives!”   


The grant also will be used to support “A Crucial Catch Day,” a community health event on Tuesday, October 25, at WWFHC-Inkster. The event will enable local women to receive mammograms and clinical breast exams and will feature fun activities, a party bus ride for the women to their mammograms, a visit from the Detroit Lions wives and mascot “Roary” and more.


Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing, and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services. The Society collaborates with community health system partners to reach individuals in communities with higher burdens of cancer and limited access to cancer screening.


Since 2012, CHANGE grants funded by the NFL have been awarded to community health system partners to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to breast cancer screening within communities experiencing an unequal burden of the disease. These community partners have provided more than 260,000 outreach and education engagements and have contributed to more than 120,000 breast cancer screenings provided at low or no cost. This life-changing work continues in 2016 with the goal to provide breast cancer education and screening resources to more women. The Society’s vision is a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer and all cancers, and prevention and early detection programs such as the CHANGE grant program helps to eliminate breast cancer health disparities.


The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative is funded by the NFL and its fans and partners, with the majority of the contribution coming from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness-identified pink merchandise and also via the NFL Auction website. The American Cancer Society is the sole beneficiary of the net proceeds from merchandise sales and auctions. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of pink merchandise. For more information, visit


About the American Cancer Society:


The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit


About Western Wayne Family Health Centers:


Western Wayne Family Health Centers was established in 2005 to meet the health needs of theuninsured and underinsured of out-Wayne County.  With clinics now in Inkster, Taylor and Lincoln Park, WWFHC provided over 14,000 people with primary medical care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general dentistry and integrated behavioral health.  All services are available on a sliding fee scale based on income, insurance application counselors can help people apply for coverage, and all Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan policies are accepted, as well as most other health insurance.  Go to or our Facebook page for more information.


Source: Western Wayne Family Health Center


Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Opens Niles Dental ClinicOpen in a New Window

Cassopolis, MI, October 13, 2016– With much anticipation, Niles Community Health Center (NCHC) Dental opened its doors to patients on Thursday, October 6th.
NCHC Dental, located at 122 Grant Street, Niles, across the street from Lakeland Hospital, is part of the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). Drs. Maritza Salvo-Ale and Michael Hewlett, along with their staff, are excited to provide affordable dental services to the residents of southeast Berrien County, filling a need that has been long overdue. 
Dr. Salvo-Ale, originally from Santiago, Chile, received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Colorado and began working with CFCN in March 2016. Dr. Hewlett, originally from Utah, received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah and began working with CFCN in August 2016.
NCHC Dental will provide services to people of all ages who do not have dental insurance or are covered by Michigan Medicaid. Mayor Mike McCauslin, along with the entire Niles community, welcomes the new Niles Community Health Center Dental facility to the City. “Long recognized as a significant need in our community, we acknowledge the investment and vision of the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network in the City and look forward to their continued growth and positive impact on the health of our residents,” stated Mayor McCauslin.
NCHC Dental is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outreach and Enrollment Specialists are on staff to assist patients in enrollment for Michigan Medicaid or the Sliding Fee Discount Program. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (269) 262-4364. 
About Cassopolis Family: Clinic Network Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For more information, call (269) 445-3874 or go to




Source: Cassopolis Family Clinic Network


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. 



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

Learn more about Hackley Community Care’s OB and Women’s Health Services and our Centering program at or on Facebook at .


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.



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


Grant Amount

Advantage Health Centers



Alcona Health Center



Baldwin Family Health Care



Center for Family Health



Cherry Health

Grand Rapids


Covenant Community Care, Inc.



Central City Integrated Health



Family Health Center, Inc.



Grace Health

Battle Creek


Health Delivery, Inc.



Mid Michigan Community Health Services

Houghton Lake


Northwest Michigan Health Services

Traverse City


Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network



Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center



Western Wayne Family Health Centers




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

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 or call 517.381.8000.






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.

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.


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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.


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

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


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