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Michigan Safety Net Clinics Receive Grants to Help Uninsured Patients Get Health Care, Address Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse

DETROIT, October 9, 2018 – Forty-five safety net clinics throughout Michigan will receive a total of $827,122 in funding through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Strengthening the Safety Net program. The program, now in its 14th year, provides free or low-cost medical and dental treatment for uninsured and vulnerable Michigan residents. In response to the growing opioid epidemic, the program will support services related to prescription drug misuse and substance use disorders. This year, grant recipients expect to provide care to more than 50,000 Michigan residents.

“These safety net clinics care for vulnerable individuals across Michigan, helping patients, families and communities live happier and healthier lives,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “From primary care to substance use disorder treatment, increased access to quality, affordable health care is one of Blue Cross’ top priorities and we’re proud to continue supporting those who make it possible.”

Clinics that provide free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health, vision and specialty care services were invited to apply for a Strengthening the Safety Net grant in April to support operations or expand services. In addition to the $827,122 in grants from Blue Cross, health care homes offering primary care services received a total of $243,700 in matched funding. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics across the state. Since 2005, Blue Cross has provided more than $14 million in grants so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured and underinsured.

An overview of the organizations receiving Strengthening the Safety Net grants is below:

The following health care homes, or clinics that offer primary care services for at least 30 hours per week, were awarded up to $25,000 each:

Baxter Community Center

Grand Rapids

Cabrini Clinic


Care Free Medical and Dental


Cristo Rey Family Health Center


Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic


Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services

Grand Rapids

Fountain Clinic


Genesee County Free Medical Clinic


His Healing Hands


Holland Free Health Clinic


Hope Medical Clinic


Love in Action of the Tri-Cities

Grand Haven

McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach Clinic

Clinton Twp.

Mercy Place


People’s Clinic for Better Health

Port Huron

Stehouwer Free Clinic


VINA Community Dental Center


The following clinics that provide urgent and episodic care and treat more than 100 uninsured or underinsured patients each year were awarded up to $15,000 each:

ACC Community Health Center


Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services


Boyne Area Free Clinic

Boyne City

Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence

Iron Mountain

Caring Heart Health Clinic


Cass Clinic


Centro Multicultural La Familia


City on a Hill Health Clinic


FernCare Free Clinic


Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic


Hope House Free Medical Clinic

Big Rapids

Hope Medical Clinic


HUDA Clinic


Jewish Vocational Services
Tri-County Dental Health


MAPI Clinic
Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Descent

Lathrup Village

Malta Clinic


Mel Trotter Ministries

Grant Rapids

Northern Care Center


Oasis of Hope Center

Grand Rapids

Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic

West Branch

Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County


Renewed Hope Health Clinic


Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic


St. Luke’s Clinic


St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.


Trinity Community Care

Shelby Twp.

University of Michigan Student-run Health Center


Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.6 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. In 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan received the J.D. Power Award for “Highest Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans in Michigan.”  For more company information, visit and

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