More Than 45 Michigan Clinics Receive Grants to Help Uninsured Patients Access Health Care

More Than 45 Michigan Clinics Receive Grants to Help Uninsured Patients Access Health Care

DETROIT, October 25, 2017 – Forty-seven safety net clinics throughout Michigan will receive a total of $778,346 in funding through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Strengthening the Safety Net program. The program, now in its 13th year, provides funding to clinics that offer free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health treatment for uninsured and under-insured Michigan residents.

“These clinics provide valuable health care services in their communities, and we are proud to support them and expand access to quality care for individuals in need,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “This 13-year effort continues to improve health care stability and is now expected to reach more than 74,000 patients.”

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 June to support operations or expand services. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics across the state. Since 2005, more than $13 million in grants have been given so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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

Health Care Homes awarded up to $25,000 each:

Organization Location
Baxter Community Center                                              Grand Rapids
Cabrini Clinic Detroit
Care Free Medical and Dental Lansing
Centro Multicultural La Familia Pontiac
Cristo Rey Family Health Center Lansing
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Pontiac
Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services Grand Rapids
Fountain Clinic Marshall
Genesee County Free Medical Clinic Flint
His Healing Hands Lansing
Holland Free Health Clinic Holland
Hope Medical Clinic Ypsilanti
Love in the Name of Christ Free Health Clinic Grand Haven
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach Clinic Clinton Twp.
People’s Clinic for Better Health Port Huron
Stehouwer Free Clinic Cadillac
VINA Community Dental Center Brighton

Clinics awarded up to $12,500 each:

Organization Location
ACC Community Health Center Dearborn
Boyne Area Free Clinic Boyne City
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence Iron Mountain
Caring Heart Health Clinic Marlette
Cass Clinic Detroit
City on a Hill Health Clinic Zeeland
FernCare Free Clinic Ferndale
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Essexville
Hope House Free Medical Clinic Big Rapids
Hope Medical Clinic Westland
HUDA Clinic Detroit

Jewish Vocational Services

Tri-County Dental Health

Loving Hands Clinic Lapeer

MAPI Clinic

Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Descent

Lathrup Village
Mel Trotter Ministries Grant Rapids
Mercy Place Pontiac
Northern Care Center Cheboygan
Oasis of Hope Center Grand Rapids
Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic West Branch
Order of Malta Clinic Detroit
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County Coldwater
Regents of the UM Student-Run Health Center Pinckney
Renewed Hope Health Clinic Allegan
Robert R. Frank Student-Run Health Center Detroit
Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic Owosso
St. Luke’s Clinic Jackson
St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE Free Clinics Saginaw
St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. Hillsdale
St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic Detroit
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured Wyandotte

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 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit and