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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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$141,853 Awarded to Health Department for Hornet Health Center and Ironmen Health Center
U.S. Health Resource & Services Administration grants provide funding for renovations and equipment at school-based/school-linked health centers in Pellston and Mancelona

(September 9, 2011) The Health Department of Northwest Michigan was awarded $141,853 in grant funding from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to improve access to basic primary health care for school-aged children, many of whom have no other sources of care. The School-Based Health Centers Capital (SBHCC) Program (HRSA-11-127) is the first-ever source of federal funding to uniquely support school-based health centers.

The SBHCC Program awards funds made available under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act to support expanded capacity of school-based health centers and increase the availability, efficiency, and quality of care for children and adolescents. The funds are available for construction, renovation, and equipment needs.

The Health Department requested funding to: 1) renovate the Hornet Health Center, adding a small group room and a second exam room in the clinic in the Pellston Middle/High School; 2) purchase new equipment to replace outdated equipment at the Ironmen Health Center in Mancelona; and 3) purchase electronic medical record software for use at both student health centers. The total cost of the project is covered by the federal SBHCC Program.

"This is great news," said Patricia Fralick, Director of Family & Community Health Services for the Health Department. "With this funding from HRSA, we're able to make upgrades at our student health centers we could never afford with our current funding. Now, we're able to build on our 'bare bones' operations to provide state-of-the-art primary care to students for many years to come."

"We are thrilled that HRSA awarded grants to 12 school-based and school-linked health centers in Michigan. We congratulate the Health Department of Northwest Michigan for its hard work and outstanding grant proposal," said Michele Strasz, Executive Director for the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan. "These new projects will not only improve and increase quality health care services for children and adolescents in our state, but will bring jobs and economic activity to local communities."

The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI) supports a network of over 100 school-based and school-linked health centers and health education programs across Michigan. The centers annually provide over 300,000 health encounters/services. The centers are located in communities where the majority of children lack access to consistent, primary health care and as a result are at-risk of chronic health conditions and school failure. For more information about Michigan's school-based and school-linked health programs, please contact Michele Strasz at 517-908-0847, ext. 229 or or visit

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.