Jan. 30, 2017
JACKSON, MI – Dental care for babies and young children will be strengthened by a $50,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to the Center for Family Health.
The support grant, formally awarded at a Jan. 30 event in Jackson, is part of more than $1 million given statewide by Blue Cross to 50 safety-net health centers and free clinics.
CFH will use the grant to add a dental hygienist and dental equipment to its Pediatrics office in an innovative strategy to combine medical and oral-health care in the same visit for babies and young children.
“The dental and pediatric staffs are excited about the partnership, and we look forward to sharing many success stories,” said Dr. Sarah Malinda, lead dentist at the Center for Family Health.
Huda Fadel, manager of Social Mission for Blue Cross, described the CFH strategy as a model of care that, if successful, may one day be expanded to adult patients and to other health centers.
“It really moves toward the integrated care that we all want,” said Fadel.
Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs for Blue Cross, said her company’s $1 million in grants is intended to improve access to care for vulnerable patients and support innovation within Michigan’s safety net.
“Safety net providers offer vital, primary health care and dental care services to people across the state and play a key role in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s mission of expanding access to health-care services, enhancing quality of care for patients, and addressing major health issues to create a healthier Michigan,” said Rossi.