Michigan Primary Care Association Welcomes New Member, Catherine’s Health Center

Catherine's Health Center exterior

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA)—the membership association representing 34 Health Center organizations and other community-based providers in Michigan—welcomes Catherine’s Health Center as its newest member.

Catherine’s Health Center is a nonprofit, community-based provider and free clinic serving nearly 1,400 residents of Kent County each year, primarily those living in the Creston and Belknap neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

Catherine’s Health Center began in 1996 as a health care resource for patients who had lost access to primary care when Kent County Health Department’s Creston Neighborhood Well Child Clinic closed. For the first few years Catherine’s Health Center was a nurse-run clinic offering immunizations, health education, and free screenings for children. Today it provides both medical doctor and nurse practitioner services 4.5 days a week, and has a growing staff and volunteer base that offers free and low-cost medical services to uninsured and underserved residents of northeast Grand Rapids. Its mission of “opening doors, quality care” aligns with MPCA’s mission of promoting, supporting, and developing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based primary health care services to everyone in Michigan.

“As a free clinic in our community we feel that it is vital to stay in touch with and actively collaborate with the other members of the health care safety net,” said Karen Kaashoek, Executive Director, Catherine’s Health Center.

To learn more about Catherine’s Health Center, visit catherineshc.org.


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