Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan awards grants to 47 free health clinics
Blues contribution to free clinics makes health care accessible to the uninsured and underinsured
November 5, 2009
DETROIT - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is awarding free clinics throughout the state a total of $1 million in grants that will provide health services to individuals and families without health insurance. With the Michigan unemployment rate currently at 15.3 percent more Michigan residents than ever are going without health insurance.
"In these difficult times, free clinics are putting health care in reach for people who need it," said Lynda Rossi, Blues vice president for Social Mission and Public Affairs. "Free clinics are a place for uninsured people to turn to for quality health care. Uninsured residents who get care in free clinics often otherwise would delay seeing a physician because of the cost. Delay often leads to more expensive care in emergency rooms and even hospital stays."
The Blues have contributed $5 million to free clinics since 2005. This year's grant program aims to help clinics provide important services like primary care and behavioral health care, case management, dental services, specialty and diagnostic care, and prescription drugs.
"Most of our patients are dealing with one or more long-term diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma," said Dave Law, executive director of the Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center in Detroit. "We also supplement our primary care with preventive health education and disease management strategies."
About 2.5 million Michigan residents under 65 years old went without health insurance at some time between 2007 and 2008. Many of these individuals, along with the underinsured, are able to seek medical care from these clinics instead of making a trip to the emergency room or forgoing care. Access to free clinics also helps curb the rising cost of health care. In 2008, Michigan free clinics were able to provide an estimated 122,000 patient visits combined.
"With this grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan we will be able to expand our scope and quality of services while using health information technology to efficiently measure health outcomes. As a result, we will be able to deliver high-quality, low-cost health care to our patients at no cost to them," said Law.
The following free clinics received a grant from the Blues this year:
Brownstown Twp. — Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured, 23050 West Rd., Suite 260, 734-365-3560
Detroit — HUDA Clinic, 1605 W. Davison Ave., 313-865-8446
Detroit — Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center, 18917 Joy Rd., 313-581-7773
Detroit — Order of Malta Medical/Dental Clinic, 4860 15th St., 313-894-2240
Detroit — St. Frances Cabrini Clinic, 1234 Porter St., 313-961-7863
Detroit — University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Clinic, 4001 W. McNichols, 313-993-1093
Mt.Clemens — Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center Medical Outreach Clinic, 1000 Harrington Blvd., 586-493-8000
Pontiac — Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, 90 W. University, 248-758-1690
Pontiac — Mercy Place Clinic, 55 Clinton Street, 248-333-0840
Southfield — Tri-County Dental Health Council, 29350 Southfield Rd., Suite 35, 248-559-7767
Warren — St. John Community Health, 28000 Dequindre, 586-753-1484
West Bloomfield — Project Chessed (Jewish Family Services), 6555 W. Maple Rd., 248-592-2300
Westland — Project H, Wayne County Family Center, 30600 Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti — Hope Dental Clinic, 9 S. Adams, 734-481-0111
Brighton — VINA Community Dental Center, 400 E. Grand River Ave., 810-844-0240
Hillsdale — St. Peter's Free Clinic of Hillsdale County Inc., 3 N. Broad St., 517-437-4041
Jackson — St. Lukeâ€™s Clinic, 132 Seymour Ave., 517-783-1117
Lansing — Care Free Medical & Dental, 5135 S. Pennsylvania Ave., 517-887-5992
Pinckney — Faith Medical Clinic, 122 Howell St., 734-474-4627
Essexville — Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic, 1460 W. Center Rd., 989-895-4830
Flint — Genesee County Free Medical Clinic, 2437 Welch Blvd., 810-235-4211
Lapeer — Loving Hands Clinic, 148 Maple Grove Rd., 810-667-8933
Saginaw — Cathedral Mental Health Care, 705 Hoyt Ave., 989-759-3356
Saginaw — Community Prescription Support Program, 401 Holden St., 989-907-5602
Saginaw — Healthy Futures of St. Mary's of Michigan, 2215 N. Center Rd., 989-907-8108
Allegan — Seeds of Grace, 311 ½ Hubbard St., 269-288-0253
Battle Creek — Nursing Clinic of Battle Creek, 34 Green St., 269-962-6565
Coldwater — Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County, 15 Church St., 517-278-7848
Grand Rapids — Catherine's Care Center, 224 Carrier NE, 616-336-8800
Grand Rapids — Health Intervention Services, 15 Andre SE, 616-475-8446
Grand Rapids — Oasis of Hope Center, 522 Leonard St. NW, 616-451-8868
Grand Rapids — Project Access, 233 E. Fulton, Suite 226, 616-459-1111
Hastings — Barry Community Free Clinic, 1230 W. State St., 269-945-4444
Holland — Holland Free Health Clinic, 99 W. 26th St., 616-392-3610
Kalamazoo — Free Clinic of Kalamazoo, 2918 Portage St., 269-344-0044
Marshall — Fountain Clinic, 111 N. Jefferson, 269-781-0952
Three Rivers — Riverside Health Clinic, 207 E. Michigan Ave., 269-273-3744
Zeeland — City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic, 100 S. Pine St., Suite 140, 616-748-6009
Northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula
Big Rapids — Hope House Free Medical Clinic, 15085 220th Ave., 231-796-0807
Cadillac — Cadillac Area Community Health Clinic, 521 Cobbs St., 231-876-7818
Cheboygan — Northern Care Center, 225 Water St., 231-333-3019
Grayling — AuSable Free Clinic Inc., 1250 E. Michigan Ave., 989-348-0740
Manistee — Manistee Area Community Clinic, 385 Third St., 231-309-8940
Petoskey — Community Free Clinic, 820 Arlington, Suite 6, 231-487-3600
Traverse City — Traverse Health Clinic, 3147 Logan Valley Rd., 231-935-0668
Marquette — Medical Care Access Coalition Volunteer Clinic, 1414 W. Fair Ave., Suite 26, 906-226-4400
Sault Ste. Marie — Community Health Access Coalition Volunteer Clinic, 508 Ashmun St., 906-635-7451
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