$1.2 million provided to safety net health clinics by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

$1.2 million provided to safety net health clinics by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Blue Cross grant funding will help increase access to care for uninsured Michiganders

DETROIT, Oct. 26, 2015 — Fifty-two safety net health care organizations across Michigan received grants totaling more than $1.2 million combined from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.  The grant funding is dedicated to expanding access to health care, including critical specialty care, for Michigan’s underinsured and uninsured residents.

“Safety net providers offer crucial health care services to thousands of Michigan residents who would otherwise go without treatment,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy and Public Affairs at Blue Cross. “The nonprofit clinics receiving these grants provide people with a trusted health care resource they can turn to when they’re most in need.  These clinics help people without health insurance live longer, healthier lives.”

The Foundation and Blue Cross awarded $400,000 of the total funding to four safety net providers to expand access to critical specialty care treatment. National data indicate the need for medical specialty services doubled between 1999 and 2009, from 4.8 percent to 9.3 percent. Estimates further project a shortage of medical specialists of as many as 8,000 physicians for all specialties by 2020.

The following specialty care grants were awarded:

  • Detroit – $100,000 for the McAuley Health Center to support an innovative nurse-managed specialty program that uses a monthly clinic to address dermatology, endocrinology and podiatry at same time.
  • Detroit – $100,000 to The Wellness Plan Medical Centers in Detroit to develop a Point of Care Specialty Services program to facilitate communication and bring necessary specialty services to the patient in the primary care clinic rather than sending them to external offices by using telemedicine or onsite specialist appointments.
  • Mount Pleasant – $100,000 to Isabella Citizens for Health to utilize a nurse case-manager to work with underserved patients to oversee the referral process to local hospitals, ensure compliance with appointments and treatment plans, tracking appointment results and use.
  • Temperance – $100,000 to the Family Medical Center of Michigan to employ a collaborative effort to engage specialty providers, residency programs and other community programs in an effort to increase access for their patients.

“Awarding critical financial support to resource-strapped clinics helps them provide much-needed services to people in underserved communities who often have little to no access to such specialized services,” said Audrey Harvey, executive director and chief executive officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “We congratulate the clinics that received these grants and are opening the door to life-changing and even life-saving care for so many people.”

In addition to the specialty care grants, Blue Cross also awarded grants to 48 Michigan safety net clinics as part of its “Strengthening the Safety Net” program. Now in its 11th year, the program provides free or low-cost medical and dental treatment for uninsured, underinsured and newly insured Michigan residents.

Under the “Strengthening the Safety Net” program, eligible clinics received up to $20,000 to support operations or enhance services. Blue Cross has provided more than $11 million in grant funds since the “Strengthening the Safety Net” program was created in 2004.

According to Healthy People 2020, people with a regular source of health care have better health outcomes and fewer disparities in costs. As in the past, all grantees are expected to provide health care and enrollment services and clinical quality assurance.


Strengthening the Safety Net 2015 Grantees
Clinic Name City County Dental or Medical Amount
1 ACC Community Health Center Dearborn Wayne Medical match $20,000
2 AuSable Free Clinic Grayling Crawford Medical match $20,000
3 Barry Community Free Clinic Hastings Barry Dental $15,000
4 Baxter Community Center Grand Rapids Kent Dental $15,000
5 Boyne Area Free Clinic Boyne City Charlevoix Medical $10,000
6 Cabrini Clinic Detroit Wayne Medical match $20,000
7 Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence Iron Mountain Dickinson Dental $15,000
8 Caring Heart Health Clinic Marlette Sanilac Medical $10,000
9 Catherine’s Health Center Grand Rapids Kent Medical match $20,000
10 Centro Multicultural La Familia Pontiac Oakland Medical match $20,000
11 City on a Hill Health Clinic Zeeland Ottawa Medical match $20,000
12 Community HealthCare Connections Battle Creek Calhoun Medical $10,000
13 Cristo Rey Community Center Lansing Ingham Medical match $20,000
14 Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Pontiac Oakland Dental $15,000
15 FernCare Free Clinic Ferndale Oakland Dental $9,700
16 Fountain Clinic Marshall Calhoun Dental $15,000
17 Genesee County Free Medical Clinic Flint Genesee Medical match $20,000
18 Health Intervention Services Grand Rapids Kent Dental $15,000
19 Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Essexville Bay Medical $10,000
20 His Healing Hands Lansing Ingham Medical match $20,000
21 Holland Free Health Clinic Holland Ottawa Medical match $20,000
22 Hope House Free Medical Clinic Big Rapids Mecosta Medical $10,000
23 Hope Medical Clinic Westland Wayne Medical $10,000
24 Hope Medical Clinic Ypsilanti Washtenaw Dental $15,000
25 HUDA Clinic Detroit Wayne Dental $15,000
26 Jewish Vocational Services Southfield Oakland Dental $15,000
27 Love in the Name of Christ Free Clinic Grand Haven Ottawa Dental $15,000
28 Loving Hands Clinic Lapeer Lapeer Dental $15,000
29 Medical Outreach Clinic Clinton Twp. Macomb Medical match $20,000
30 Mercy Place Pontiac Oakland Medical match $20,000
31 Northern Care Center Cheboygan Cheboygan Medical $10,000
32 Oasis of Hope Center Grand Rapids Kent Medical $10,000
33 Order of Malta Clinic Detroit Wayne Dental $15,000
34 People’s Clinic For Better Health Port Huron St. Clair Medical $10,000
35 Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County Coldwater Branch Medical $10,000
36 Renewed Hope Health Clinic Allegan Allegan Medical match $20,000
37 Robert R. Frank Student Run Health Center Detroit Wayne Medical $6,500
38 Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care Saginaw Saginaw Medical $10,000
39 Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Ann Arbor Washtenaw Medical $10,000
40 Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic Owosso Shiawassee Medical $10,000
41 St. Luke’s Clinic Jackson Jackson Medical $10,000
42 St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE Free Clinics Saginaw Saginaw Medical match $20,000
43 St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. Hillsdale Hillsdale Medical $10,000
44  St. Vincent DePaul Dental Clinic Detroit Wayne Dental $15,000
45 Stehouwer Free Clinic Cadillac Wexford Medical match $20,000
46 University of Michigan Student Run Health Center Pinckney Livingston Medical $7,800
47 VINA Community Dental Center Brighton Livingston Dental $15,000
48 Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured, Downriver Community Clinic Wyandotte Wayne Medical match $20,000

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MIBluesPerspectives.com.

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