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Fifteen Michigan Health Centers Receive HHS Awards for Expansion of Oral Health Services

Friday, June 17, 2016  
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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.





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