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 $10 million in grants so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured, underinsured and newly insured.

Spotlight on four Strengthening the Safety Net grantees

Four community clinics are working together to provide the best care possible for the underserved in Grand Rapids. Each meets a unique need. All are engaged and helping the community gain health care coverage that is now available through the Affordable Care Act. Together, they are making a tremendous impact.

  • Baxter Community Center is a full-service neighborhood health center. In addition to the health and dental clinic, Baxter offers programs for children and seniors, a marketplace for food, clothing and practical support.
  • Catherine’s Health Center is located in Northwest Grand Rapids and is a medical home for over 2,000 underserved patients. Catherine’s goal to assist over 1,500 community members with insurance enrollment this year.
  • Health Intervention Services recently built five new dental stations. Their 2,200 patients count on primary care, dental treatment, optometry and mental health care. Health Intervention Services accomplishes this with hundreds of committed volunteers and donors.
  • Oasis of Hope has two significant commitments: caring for 1,200 uninsured patients and training students. Oasis of Hope offers high quality primary care, spiritual counseling and access to specialty care.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is proud to partner with these community clinics. Together they serve over 5,000 at-risk patients and are saving lives. 

“You eased my fears from a point in my life when I was homeless and needed medical attention. You will never know how you carried me or the peace you gave my little girls. Now I can finally give back.”  Patient, Oasis of Hope

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