Each year, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority recognizes a local leader who has been instrumental in strengthening the safety net in the Metropolitan Detroit area. During an awards ceremony held at the Health Authority’s holiday luncheon on December 6, Chris Allen, CEO of the Health Authority, presented the 2013 “Best of the Safety Net” award to Paul Propson, Executive Director of Covenant Community Care, a Michigan Health Center serving Southwest Detroit.
Nominated by community members, the award recognizes extraordinary commitment to supporting the Health Authority’s mission of creating a stronger safety net. Propson exemplifies steadfast dedication and has made significant contributions to strengthening the safety net in Southeast Michigan.
“I’m proud to be recognized by the Health Authority but humbled by the amount of work we all still have left to do to achieve the Health Authority’s goal to create access for all,” said Propson.
Propson has served as the executive director at Covenant Community Care since 2007, when the organization received funding from the federal government to establish a Federally Qualified Health Center. Under Propson’s leadership, Covenant has grown from a single site in Southwest Detroit to a network of six Health Centers (including one School-based Health Center) serving more than 14,000 patients in 2012, according the most recent data available from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“Paul has been among the active volunteers who support our Primary Care Network Council and other initiatives,” said Allen. “Paul has overseen the development of an extremely high functioning Federally Qualified Health Center with multiple sites throughout Detroit.”
Just last month, Covenant Community Care received $650,000 in New Access Point funding from HRSA to open its sixth site, in collaboration with the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation (JSCDC). The new Health Center will be located at the current site of JSCDC’s free clinic at 18917 Joy Road in Detroit.
To learn more about Covenant Community Care, its innovative leadership, and commitment to delivering the highest quality of comprehensive primary and preventive care, visit www.covenantcommunitycare.org.