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Strengthening the Safety Net: Improving Access to High Quality Health Care in Michigan

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Jun 26, 2020

Strengthening the Safety Net grants provide funding to safety net clinics and medical and dental homes in Michigan to support general operations and direct patient care.

Funds may be used to support:

  • Equipment and medical supplies
  • Patient medication
  • Patient education related to health and healthcare
  • Information technology hardware or software
  • Facilities, including rent, utilities, and repairs
  • Communications such as printing, postage, and office supplies
  • Salaries, wages, and benefits
  • Volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Discounted contractual services such as lab, X-ray, specialty care, information technology support and grant writing

Grantees are expected to:

  1. Educate patients about the coronavirus and provide referral to treatment as needed
  2. Address stigma related to mental illness and substance use disorder and refer patients to treatment whenever possible
  3. Screen regularly for food insecurity and refer patients to food resources, such as gardens, pantries, markets, and meals

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Be based in Michigan with a mission to serve low-income, uninsured, or underinsured patients
  • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or be a community-based nonprofit organization paired with a 501(c)(3)
  • Provide medical, dental, vision, mental health, pharmacy, or specialty care services to at least 100 patients and all interested adults
  • Provide services at little or no cost to patients
  • Work with volunteer administrators and clinicians
  • Have a physician serving as medical director
  • Be in operation for at least 2 years by October 1, 2020
  • Be in good standing regarding all previous Blue Cross grants, if applicable
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Safety net clinics that provide episodic care, are open for limited hours, and treat more than 100 uninsured and underinsured patients annually are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 to support their operations and additional integrated care.

Clinics that serve as medical or dental homes and are open for at least 30 hours per week or bill Medicaid are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 to support team-based care. Awards at this level require a $10,000 match.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application are available on the program website.

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Access · Behavioral health · Benefit enrollment and application · Capital funding · Clinics · Community engagement and volunteerism · Grant writing · Health literacy · Healthcare needs and services · Healthcare quality · Medical homes · Mental health · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Primary care · Specialty care · Substance abuse · Technology for health and human services · Uninsured and underinsured · Michigan

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