Health care for low income Detroit Children
Henry Ford Health System and Children’s Health Fund a non-profit organization are joining forces to bring health care services for as many as 1,500 low income children in Detroit each year through Children’s Health Project of Detroit.
The goal of this project is to provide low income children a way to receive needed health care in a city which is low on health care practitioners. This project will also include by putting into action a mobile medical clinic that will begin providing services to children January 3, 2011, at local community locations and schools. This new mobile service will provide primary care services, physical and sports examinations, immunizations, vision and dental services.
Funding for this new mobile clinic is provided by Idol Gives Back Foundation and it is to become part of the Henry Ford’s Health System’s School-Based and Community Health Program which operates 11 health centers in schools.
Nancy M. Schlichting, Henry Ford President and chief executive officer has stated in a media release, it basically places on wheels a current successful pediatric care program, advancing their work to guarantee Detroit’s children and youth’s healthier futures who otherwise who may not have a way to obtain health care.
More details are anticipated to be given during a news conference December, 6th in Detroit. Singer, Paul Simon, who co-founded Children’s Health Fund is expected to be in attendance.
Children’s Health Fund currently has 50 mobile medical clinics and from the year 1987, it has provided mobile based health care to homeless people and low income children along with their families.
About the new mobile clinic Detroit’s children
In their response to the critical health system which affects a large number of children that do not have ability to receive health care from primary providers, Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and Henry Ford Health System(HFHS) are bringing to life a new health care program that involves a mobile medical clinic that will provide essential health care services to medically under-served children in schools and in communities.
On December 6th, at 9:30 a.m., at the NFL/Youth Education Boys & Girls Club, located at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus, 16500 Tireman Street, Senator Debbie Stabenow(D-M) and singer/songwriter and CHF Co-founder Paul Simon along with President Dr. Irwin Redlener and CEO Nancy M. Schlichting, will inaugurate the Children’s Health Project of Detroit.
This new partnership program between CHF and HFHS, is launched to advance local efforts for children’s health care needs in Detroit. Even with a few improvements, Detroit remains far behind Michigan and the United States in several main points for children’s health which include poverty, low birth weight and infant mortality. With the oppressive shortage of health care providers has been becoming worse over the past few years. This has left many low income children without means to vital health care placing them at critical risk of life enduring negative health problems.
In Detroit and nationally, community health centers and hospitals had major increases in the rate of uninsured patients between June 2008 and 2009. This has emphasized the significance of safety net providers during tough economic times. This new program along with its mobile unit will give an additional safety net in order to respond to the severe rate of need in Detroit.
Budget problems and the declining populace, has forced Detroit’s school system to shut down nearly a dozen schools within the last few years. Some of these schools were home to HFHS’ school-based health clinics. Students had continually became transferred to other schools which had developed a provisional environment in which to access dependable health care remains restricted to many. The mobile unit will let HFHS broaden its School-Based and Community Health Program and follow these transferred students to their new schools and community locations to guarantee continual care.
Dr. Redlener, has stated that Detroit’s Children are faced with major challenges in order to gain health care, that is intensified by the shortage of health professionals. CHF is delighted in the partnership with HFHS to bring total health care services to children where they can learn and play. The new mobile clinic will broaden the ability to reach those medically under-served children who in the past had to face major hindrance in accessing care.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow remarks “there is nothing more important than the health of our children.” Last year the senator had seen a mobile medical clinic when she had joined Paul Simone to kick off the “Kids Can’t Wait” national campaign in Detroit. The Senator views this tremendous partnership as being able to make a major difference in the lives of children.
CHF and HFHS estimates that 1,00 to 1,500 children each year will get comprehensive health care services through this mobile unit. Parents can accompany their children on the mobile unit or give a signed consent for their children to be seen by a primary care practitioner when they are not in attendance.
This new mobile clinic will become part of the HFHS Department of Pediatrics School-Based Community Health Program that will operated at eleven school-based health centers.
Services are scheduled to start Jan 3rd at NFL/Youth Education Town Boys & Girls Club at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus, several other schools are anticipated to join the program in the early part of 2011.
If you would like to learn more about the Children’s Health Fund or Henry Ford Health Systems you can visit the following:
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Henry Ford Health Care System – Henry Ford Hospital
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