Stabenow tours Center for Family Health

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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow toured Jackson’s Center for Family Health, 505 N. Jackson St., on Dec. 19, where she was presented with the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the Michigan Primary Care Association for her commitment to community health centers, which offer critical health services to families who would otherwise go without care. 

 “Many Michigan families rely on community health centers to receive basic medical services, and thanks to the great work these groups do, more patients are getting the critical health care they need,” Stabenow said.

 Stabenow has led the effort to open and fund community health centers across Michigan and announced in September more than $8 million for 36 community health centers in the state, including Jackson’s Center for Family Health. During the same month, she sent a letter to Sens. Reid and McConnell encouraging them to continue support for community health centers, which are facing funding reductions in the coming years.

 Both the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Michigan Primary Care Association work to help make sure families in underserved communities have access to health care. Across the country, Community Health Centers serve more than 22 million people at more than 9,000 sites, including 240 sites in Michigan.

During her tour, Stabenow discussed the important role health care centers play by reducing health care costs, freeing up ERs for emergencies and the need for mental health and substance abuse care at health care centers.

“We appreciate the health-care support and leadership Sen. Stabenow provides,” said Molly Kaser, Center president & CEO. “We are also excited to showcase the work that we are doing in expanding our services, such as our work in Hillsdale and the dental services.”

The Center for Family Health is a patient-centered medical home for more than 27,000 patients. It accepts most health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare, and never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.

In addition to its main facility, the Center operates four school health centers and a satellite clinic at LifeWays. The Center offers medical and behavioral health services to all its patients, and dental care to children and some adults.