Flint health center receives $1 million from federal grant

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:41pm

Flint’s Genesee Health System is among 10 health centers receiving $1 million from a $10 million grant to Michigan from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The funds come from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund and are intended to enable health centers in Michigan to expand to meet the needs of an approximated 52,956 new patients, according to an HHS press release.

The grant would also play a role in dealing with the public health consequences of the Flint water crisis, according Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response and current leader of the federal response and recovery effort in Flint.

“Access to good health care — from treatment to nutrition education — is essential to help residents of Flint recover from possible health impacts of lead exposure,” Lurie wrote in a press release. “With the expanded capacity made possible by this grant, the center can monitor and meet long-term health needs for more residents.”

The press release also reiterated the Obama Administration’s commitment to assist the Flint population. HHS provided $500,000 in emergency funds in February to allow two Flint-area health centers to augment their staffs for additional lead testing, treatment and community education and outreach. President Barack Obama visited Flint on Wednesday to meet with state and local leaders as well as deliver remarks to more than 1,000 Flint residents at Flint Northwestern High School.  

The nine other grant awardees include health centers in Jackson, Kalamazoo, Bangor, Sterling, Hillman, Gwinn and three in Detroit.