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

by Meghan O'Brien

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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 CenterLocationAmountDescription
MyCare Health CenterClinton Township$50,000Hire 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 CareDetroit$100,000Develop and implement a Peer Wellness Program to expand access to care and improve the health of consumers with complex health needs.
Center for Family HealthJackson$50,000Develop and implement integrated pediatric oral health services and support care teams that include primary care, behavioral health and dental providers.
Hackley Community Care CenterMuskegon$100,000Develop 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, IncOnaway$67,350Develop 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 NameCity  County
Cabrini ClinicDetroitWayne
Catherine’s Health CenterGrand RapidsKent
Centro Multicultural La FamiliaPontiacOakland
Cristo Rey Community CenterLansingIngham
Care Free Medical and DentalLansingIngham
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health ClinicPontiacOakland
Fountain ClinicMarshallCalhoun
Genesee County Free Medical ClinicFlintGenesee
Health Intervention ServicesGrand RapidsKent
His Healing HandsLansingIngham
Holland Free Health ClinicHollandOttawa
Hope Medical ClinicYpsilantiWashtenaw
Love in the Name of Christ Free Health ClinicGrand HavenOttawa
Mercy PlacePontiacOakland
People's Clinic For Better HealthPort HuronSt. Clair
Stehouwer Free ClinicCadillacWexford
ACC Community Health CenterDearbornWayne
AuSable Free ClinicGraylingCrawford
Baxter Community CenterGrand RapidsKent
Boyne Area Free ClinicBoyne CityCharlevoix
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & FlorenceIron MountainDickinson
Caring Heart Health ClinicMarletteSanilac
Cass ClinicDetroitWayne
City on a Hill Health ClinicZeelandOttawa
Community HealthCare ConnectionsBattle CreekCalhoun
FernCare Free ClinicFerndaleOakland
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer ClinicEssexvilleBay
Hope House Free Medical ClinicBig RapidsMecosta
Hope Medical ClinicWestlandWayne
HUDA ClinicDetroitWayne
Jewish Vocational Services Tri-County Dental HealthSouthfieldOakland
Loving Hands ClinicLapeerLapeer
Medical Outreach ClinicClinton Twp.Macomb
Mel Trotter MinistriesGrand RapidsKent
Northern Care CenterCheboyganCheboygan
Oasis of Hope CenterGrand RapidsKent
Ogemaw Hills Free ClinicWest BranchOgemaw
Order of Malta ClinicDetroitWayne
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch CountyColdwaterBranch
Regents of the University of MI Student Run Health CenterPinckneyLivingston
Renewed Hope Health ClinicAlleganAllegan
Robert R Frank Student Run Health CenterDetroitWayne
Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye CareSaginawSaginaw
Shiawassee Free Medical ClinicOwossoShiawassee
St. Luke's ClinicJacksonJackson
St. Mary's of Michigan Center of HOPE Free ClinicsSaginawSaginaw
St. Peter's Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.HillsdaleHillsdale
 St. Vincent DePaul Dental ClinicDetroitWayne
VINA Community Dental CenterBrightonLivingston
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working UninsuredWyandotteWayne
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation are independent licensees 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

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