Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Awards More Than $1 Million to Safety Net Providers Across the State

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Awards More Than $1 Million to Safety Net Providers Across the State

DETROIT, Dec. 2, 2016 – Safety net clinics statewide will receive more than $1 million of support from grants awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Fifty free and low-cost health care clinics across the state will share $740,000 in grants from Blue Cross to expand access to medical and dental care, and five Federally Qualified Health Centers will receive nearly $370,000 to help build their capacity to care for vulnerable patients and support innovation and transformation within Michigan’s safety net.

With these grants, Blue Cross has contributed more than $12 million over the last 12 years to Michigan’s safety net clinics to provide medical, dental and mental health care for Michigan’s under and uninsured population.

“We are honored to be the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics across the state,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “Our clinic partners are able to reach tens of thousands of individuals who otherwise have nowhere to turn. Their work takes us closer to ensuring all Michiganders have access to care outside of the emergency room setting.”

The 50 grants were awarded statewide, from the western Upper Peninsula to southeast Michigan (full list of grant recipients below). With these funds, the safety net clinics expect to treat more than 64,750 vulnerable patients and assist 38,000 with obtaining coverage or other services that contribute to good health.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.5 percent of Michigan citizens are uninsured, which is a 3.9 percent drop from 2010.

“Safety net providers offer vital, primary health care and dental care services to people across the state and play a key role in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s mission of expanding access to health care services, enhancing quality of care for patients and addressing major health issues to create a healthier Michigan,” said Rossi.

The following is a listing of Federally Qualified Health Centers receiving safety net grants from Blue Cross:

Federally Qualified Health Center Location Amount Description
MyCare Health Center Clinton Township $50,000 Hire a care coordinator to assist patients enrolled in the Medication Assisted Treatment program for substance use disorder and with other patients with complex health needs.
Central City Integrated Care Detroit $100,000 Develop and implement a Peer Wellness Program to expand access to care and improve the health of consumers with complex health needs.
Center for Family Health Jackson $50,000 Develop and implement integrated pediatric oral health services and support care teams that include primary care, behavioral health and dental providers.
Hackley Community Care Center Muskegon $100,000 Develop and implement integrated oral health services at the Oakridge Teen Health Center and support care teams that include primary care, behavioral health and dental providers.
Thunder Bay Community Health Services, Inc Onaway $67,350 Develop and implement integrated oral health services and support care teams that include primary care, behavioral health and dental providers.

The following is a list of safety net clinics that received up to $25,000 from Blue Cross:

Safety Net Clinic Name City  


Cabrini Clinic Detroit Wayne
Catherine’s Health Center Grand Rapids Kent
Centro Multicultural La Familia Pontiac Oakland
Cristo Rey Community Center Lansing Ingham
Care Free Medical and Dental Lansing Ingham
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Pontiac Oakland
Fountain Clinic Marshall Calhoun
Genesee County Free Medical Clinic Flint Genesee
Health Intervention Services Grand Rapids Kent
His Healing Hands Lansing Ingham
Holland Free Health Clinic Holland Ottawa
Hope Medical Clinic Ypsilanti Washtenaw
Love in the Name of Christ Free Health Clinic Grand Haven Ottawa
Mercy Place Pontiac Oakland
People’s Clinic For Better Health Port Huron St. Clair
Stehouwer Free Clinic Cadillac Wexford
ACC Community Health Center Dearborn Wayne
AuSable Free Clinic Grayling Crawford
Baxter Community Center Grand Rapids Kent
Boyne Area Free Clinic Boyne City Charlevoix
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence Iron Mountain Dickinson
Caring Heart Health Clinic Marlette Sanilac
Cass Clinic Detroit Wayne
City on a Hill Health Clinic Zeeland Ottawa
Community HealthCare Connections Battle Creek Calhoun
FernCare Free Clinic Ferndale Oakland
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Essexville Bay
Hope House Free Medical Clinic Big Rapids Mecosta
Hope Medical Clinic Westland Wayne
HUDA Clinic Detroit Wayne

Jewish Vocational Services

Tri-County Dental Health

Southfield Oakland
Loving Hands Clinic Lapeer Lapeer
Medical Outreach Clinic Clinton Twp. Macomb
Mel Trotter Ministries Grand Rapids Kent
Northern Care Center Cheboygan Cheboygan
Oasis of Hope Center Grand Rapids Kent
Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic West Branch Ogemaw
Order of Malta Clinic Detroit Wayne
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County Coldwater Branch
Regents of the University of MI Student Run Health Center Pinckney Livingston
Renewed Hope Health Clinic Allegan Allegan
Robert R Frank Student Run Health Center Detroit Wayne
Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care Saginaw Saginaw
Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic Owosso Shiawassee
St. Luke’s Clinic Jackson Jackson
St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE Free Clinics Saginaw Saginaw
St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. Hillsdale Hillsdale
 St. Vincent DePaul Dental Clinic Detroit Wayne
VINA Community Dental Center Brighton Livingston
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured Wyandotte Wayne


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