Strengthening the Safety Net Grant

Falling sick, or just plain falling, is scary when you don’t have enough health insurance or any at all. Luckily there’s a safety net: free and low-cost health clinics. Our Strengthening the Safety Net grants help make sure these clinics are there for those who need it most.

This program strengthens and stabilizes access to health care for Michigan's uninsured and underinsured residents. Since 2005, we've awarded more than $11 million in grants so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured, underinsured and newly insured.

Strengthening the Safety Net grantees

Since 2006, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has been proud to partner with City on a Hill Health Clinic in Zeeland. The Zeeland community and clinic leaders work together to provide free care for the uninsured. More than 60 people volunteer, including 45 medical providers. These volunteers save lives. In over 1,000 patient visits, the clinic treated 549 people. The clinic offers general medical care, care for chronic illnesses, physical therapy, social services and enrollment support. These services have a huge impact on the community.

In 2015, City on a Hill offered three free diabetes management classes to the community. Nurses and certified diabetes instructors teach these classes to reduce the burden of diabetes. They were able to help 15 people in 2015. City on a Hill hopes to increase this number as these classes become more popular. Those who attended all three classes received a pedometer, a farmer’s market gift certificate and a three month supply of glucose test strips.

City on a Hill is one of 48 Blue Cross Strengthening the Safety Net grantees. We are proud to partner with medical professionals and communities in Michigan. Just like those at City on a Hill, we strive to improve lives and strengthen communities.