Michigan health centers to receive $5.5 million to expand oral health services

Fifteen health centers in Michigan will receive $5,583,097 to expand oral health services and increase the number of patients they can serve, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced Thursday.

“The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country,” Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, said in a statement.

Following are the health centers and how much funding they will receive:

  • Alcona Citizens for Health, Inc. (Harrisville) – $350,000
  • Baldwin Family Health Care (Baldwin) – $350,000
  • Center for Family Health, Inc. (Jackson) – $350,000
  • Cherry Street Services, Inc. (Grand Rapids) – $350,000
  • Covenant Community Care, Inc. (Detroit) – $525,000
  • Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc. (Detroit) – $350,000
  • Detroit Health Care for the Homeless (Detroit) – $525,000
  • Family Health Center, Inc. (Kalamazoo) – $350,000
  • Grace Health, Inc. (Battle Creek) – $350,000
  • Health Delivery, Inc. (Saginaw) – $350,000
  • MidMichigan Health Services, Inc. (Houghton Lake) – $333,097
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services(Traverse City) – $350,000
  • Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (Pontiac) – $350,000
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center(Gwinn)- $350,000
  • Western Wayne Family Health Centers (Inkster) – $350,000

Along with the Michigan funding, HRSA will provide nearly $156 million in funding for 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to a news release. The money will go toward hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides and technicians for 785,000 new patients.

HRSA was created in 1982 as an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has a budget of $10 billion.

Originally posted: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160616/NEWS/160619818/michigan-health-centers-to-receive-5-5-million-to-expand-oral-health

Author: Blake Froling

I am currently the Sports Director at ESPN UP in Marquette, Michigan, where I host a daily sports talk show called The SportsPen. I am also the play-by-play voice for Westwood High School football and boys and girls basketball. I graduated from Michigan State University in December 2016 with a degree in journalism.

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