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U-M-Flint, Genesee Health Plan join to help uninsured

The U-M-Flint Urban Health and Wellness Center (UHWC) has joined an innovative partnership with Genesee Health Plan (GHP) to serve Genesee County's uninsured as a nurse-managed primary care and wellness site for health plan members.

UHWC, a unit housed within the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS) at U-M-Flint, was established to enhance quality of life in the region by focusing on health promotion, wellness and disease prevention through teaching, learning, scholarship, and service activities with diverse populations.

GHP and UHWC project up to 2,500 plan members—many uninsured students attending U-M-Flint and other area colleges—will choose the UHWC for primary care during the coming year. In addition to primary care and physical therapy, GHP members will receive disease management and prevention services, as well as nutritional and healthy lifestyle counseling.

The health plan will pay for services provided by the UHWC, and GHP members can choose the center for primary care. Physical therapy services will be provided to all GHP members referred for pre- and post surgery and for pain management, including those receiving primary care from other physicians or clinics.

The GHP/UHWC partnership is made possible by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Genesee County Board of Commissioners, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Ruth Mott Foundation, and state and federal legislators.

"In a spirit of service that abides by academic and practical commitment to excellence, the center is now ready to provide quality care to the uninsured through its partnership with Genesee Health Plan," says SHPS Dean Augustine Agho. "The opening of the center to serve the uninsured is something that the community should be very proud of.

"Not only will it enrich the quality of health care service to the uninsured but the program will benefit the entire community as a whole."

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