By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Five Michigan Health Centers will benefit from grants worth more than $80 million that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded to hundreds of school-based health center programs across the country on December 19.
Baldwin Family Health Care, Cassopolis Family Clinic, Center for Family Health, Ingham Community Health Centers, and Oakland Primary Health Services received a combined total of $2,089,868 in funding. The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will allow school-based health centers to provide an additional 384,000 students across the country with preventive and primary health care services.
The funds will be used to create new sites in some locations and upgrade facilities in others. For example, Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High in Cassopolis, Michigan, will renovate part of its building to create a school-based health center in partnership with Cassopolis Family Clinic. This Michigan Health Center served over 8,500 patients in 2011 and anticipates serving 1,000 patients in Cassopolis Public Schools through the school-based health center.
“We are so grateful for the funding which will allow Cassopolis Family Clinic to provide youth focused medical services right in the Cass Public Schools, meeting the needs of children and teens who otherwise would not receive services,” said Mary Middleton, executive director of Cassopolis Family Clinic.
Center for Family Health in Jackson, Michigan, will open a new facility at R. W. Kidder Middle School in 2013. The school-based health center will provide primary medical care and mental health counseling to about 2,800 students in the Northwest School District and Jackson area children under 5 years old. Center for Family Health’s Mobile Dental Unit will continue to offer dental services to the district.
“This is excellent news for the children in the Northwest School District and all of Jackson County,” said Molly Kaser, Center for Family Health CEO. “This will bring affordable and comprehensive health care to where the kids are.”
Three other organizations in Michigan were also funded under the same grant for school-based health centers.
Michigan’s 35 Health Center organizations are on the front lines everyday providing quality, comprehensive, affordable primary and preventive care to more than 600,000 Michigan residents at over 220 delivery sites across the state.