April 23rd, 2021
National funding for community health centers will be used to provide health care to the under and uninsured
Detroit, Mich. (April 20, 2021) – Detroit’s The Wellness Plan Medical Centers (TWP) has received $3.5 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act spearheaded by the Biden Administration as part of an effort to meet the rise in health care needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding has been earmarked to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations and to enable Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHCs) like TWP to deliver preventive and primary health care services to under- and uninsured people across America.
“We are thankful to the Biden Administration for listening to voices from FQHCs like ours as well as the leadership from the National Association of Community Health Centers that helped to bring attention to the needs of the underinsured in Michigan and across America,” said TWP CEO Anthony King.
The funding, approved by Congress and signed by Biden on March 18, authorized more than $6.1 billion to support 1,377 health centers nationwide – including about 40 in Michigan.
“This is a historic investment. Not only is it aimed at ensuring equitable access to our patients in the fight against COVID, but it also marks a significant step forward to ensure greater equity in the nation’s health system overall,” Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) said recently in a press release.
Nationally, more than 60 percent of health center patients are members of racial or ethnic minorities, and more than 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below poverty levels. TWP provides primary care, pediatrics, family medicine, dental services and pharmacy services to more than 80,000 patient visits annually at medical centers in Detroit, Oak Park, and Pontiac.
TWP gained access to the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act earlier this month and is in the process of evaluating needs at its five centers across metro Detroit to determine the best and most effective use of the funding.
“We are considering a number of capital improvement projects that would improve and expand the quality of health services we are able to provide across our five centers,” King said. “We also have already expanded our vaccination program from two centers to all of our locations.”
About The Wellness Plan Medical Centers
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers (TWP) was founded in 1973 as an HMO, and has transitioned into a vital alliance of medical centers in the Greater Detroit Area. TWP is a nonprofit with the achieved status of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Throughout its six locations in the Metro Detroit area, TWP offers one-stop-shop health, dental and related services throughout the year providing a wide array of services, including pediatrics, adult/senior medicine, preventative care, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health and specialty services. TWP is supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and is a Health Center Program grantee.
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers will be conducting COVID-19 Vaccinations for staff and patients.
Vaccinations are scheduled to take place Friday, February 19th from 10AM-6PM and Monday, February 22nd from 10AM-6PM at our Gateway Medical Center location – additional dates and times will be released at a later date.
If you are interested in saving your spot for future vaccination dates at TWP, please fill out the following form to register, and we will contact you: COVID-19 Vaccine “Save Your Spot” Form
If you have upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or believe you have been exposed to someone suspected of having coronavirus we are unable to see you face to face during this pandemic. Please call 313-875-5730 to schedule a visit via the telephone. Our team will assist you in connecting with one of our providers. If you feel your medical condition is of an urgent nature a list of local emergency departments and their phone numbers are listed here.
For more information on what to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) click the following link. Covid-19 Information
Important! Changes are Coming to the Healthy Michigan Plan
What you need to know
The state of Michigan is adopting work requirements for many enrollees of the Healthy Michigan Plan in January that might impact your Medicaid coverage.
The changes are occurring because of a new state law adopted earlier this year by the legislature. This overview, which includes information from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is designed to explain the changes, what to expect and how to take action.
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As you may or may not have heard, a number of important changes are coming to Michigan’s Medicaid program in 2020 due to recently passed legislation in Michigan. The following, courtesy of ACCESS, is a breakdown of those changes and what you need to know:
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Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has issued a proclamation for Michigan Pharmacy Week which is being observed this week, Oct. 14-20, 2019. MPA encourages all those serving in pharmacy to celebrate the profession and promote the valuable role of pharmacy during the week and throughout American Pharmacists Month (APhM)! To show your support for our Pharmacists Click Here
Event: The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation 1st Annual Dinner and Comedy Show
Date/Time: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Riverside Marina – 11000 Freud St., Detroit, Michigan 48214
DETROIT, MI – The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation(The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation) is delighted to announce our first annual dinner and comedy show fundraising event to be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 7 to 10 pm at Detroit’s own Riverside Marina with Comedian Don D.C. Curry.
Don D.C. Curry is known by fans across the country for his numerous national television appearances, his yearly theatre tours and for headlining the nation’s hottest comedy clubs, Don “DC” Curry is probably most widely recognized for his comedic acting role as the zany “Uncle Elroy” on the hit urban classics, “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.” He’s currently developing his comedy reality show, “No Chit,” about comedian’s lives on the modern-day “Chitlin Circuit.” His credits also include a recurring role on the new Aaron McGruder sitcom, “Black Jesus” (fall 2014) and guest appearances on: “The Boondocks,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Chris Rock Show,” “HBO Def. Comedy Jam,” “Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Comics Unleashed Hot Chocolate,” “TV One’s Way Black When,” host of “BET Comic View,” his own Comedy Central Special, his own BET Special, a series regular role on ABC’s “Grace Under Fire,” and the Winner of the “Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. For more information about Don D.C. Curry Click Here
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers has been a valued member of our community and caring for Michigan residents for 45 years. Their Mission is to provide affordable, high quality primary and preventative healthcare to those who may have limited access to healthcare, including the underinsured and uninsured.
“As CEO and Executive Director of the Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation, I am pleased to announce our first annual fundraiser,” said Anthony King. “Our first event will benefit wellness and mental health programs.”
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation’s mission is to provide outstanding care with easy access to medical, dental and mental health services in a patient-friendly environment. TWP place primary focus on the health and wellness of families, children, and adults who are seeking solutions to their health care needs
In the spirit of the Dinner and Comedy theme, formal attire is encouraged. Attendees can expect a delicious full-course dinner, music, and a cash bar. The VIP experience ensures attendees parking and early entrance, from 7 to 7:45 pm, for a special experience. The night will end with a champagne toast, for which sponsors will receive a commemorative glass. All proceeds will benefit The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Foundation Mental Health Programs. For ticket information visit our website.
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As we prepare to celebrate National Health Center Week (Aug. 4 – 10) we thought it would be a good time to pause and recognize the expansion of our ocations and services in recent years.
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers has worked hard over the past several years to expand our medical services and to add locations so that we can provide better health care services to our local community.
Our mission of providing health care to the under and uninsured and raising awareness about our services is aligned with National Health Center Week, which celebrates the accomplishments of America’s health centers. Health centers serve 28 million patients – a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care, according to the National Association of Health Care Centers.
In Michigan, 45 community health centers provide primary and preventive health care to more than 700,000 patients in rural and urban communities across Michigan, according to the Michigan Primary Care Association.
The Wellness Plan has been a part of this community since 2007 when we became a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike. Our history dates back to 1969 when the Detroit Model Neighborhood’s Health Council began planning a health care initiative aimed at delivering health care to the city’s low-income areas. Over the past decade, our revenue has more than doubled, annual patient encounters have climbed from 33,000 to more than 73,000.
Our growth has been possible because of the addition of new health care services and new locations. Here are some examples of those efforts:
The Wellness Plan will continue to strive to meet those needs across our community as the demand for primary care services among the uninsured and underinsured continues to grow.
Be sure to check out our website for additional events during National Health Center Week and community events throughout the summer.
Anthony King, CEO
Dr. Lameitre Lockhart, an ob-gyn at The Wellness Plan Medical Centers in Detroit, said the “beauty” of the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program is that it places high-quality clinicians in areas that otherwise might not have them.