Great Lakes Bay Health Centers are celebrating National Health Center Week Aug. 9-15. This year’s theme is “Community Health Centers: Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future.” We join centers across the country to honor our patients and staff this week. In Michigan, health centers employ nearly 6,000 people and help create almost 40,000 jobs throughout the state. Health centers also generate more than $1.3 billion in total economic stimulus, making them economic powerhouses in underserved communities.
Taking care of patients during this pandemic remains challenging, but the GLBHC leadership team and staff are learning every day how to provide the highest quality and safest services. Patient visits including in-person and via telehealth are at about 85 percent of normal volume.
- In a new grant project, we will help patients manage chronic health conditions with special COVID education kits that help them to monitor blood pressure and oxygen levels at home and protect their health.
- Daily COVID testing sites at our Saginaw, Bay City and Bad Axe health centers continue to experience increased demand with about 1,500 test samples collected per week. Test results are available within about four days in most cases. Racial disparities are evident in testing at our sites with Hispanic and Black individuals showing higher positive rates than Whites.
- With unemployment rates at a record high, community health centers will be an even more critical resource to serve our neighbors and their families so that they can continue to access primary care, even if they lose their employer-sponsored insurance plan. Great Lakes Bay Health Centers are here to serve.
Be our hero: Join us for Virtual Together Event
Join us for a Virtual tour to learn more about our work during the pandemic and our 50-year history. Meet staff and patients and hear their stories. Click the link to sign up for an upcoming event with Jill Armentrout, Fund Development Coordinator, who will follow up with a Zoom link for the next 30-minute call.
Healthcare Heroes at Work
“The past four months I have had the privilege of working with some of the most hardworking and dedicated staff I’ve ever known. They have endured the freezing cold, searing heat and and some of the hardest work we have ever faced. They stayed when others feared the unknown and work as many hours as needed. Some days they literally almost crawl out exhausted. Thanks to truly amazing people!
– Paula Peters, Saginaw COVID testing site manager
You Can Help Change Lives Now
You can help make sure that your neighbors – including the most vulnerable people in our communities – have safe access to all medical, dental, behavioral health and supporting services. A financial gift will help to ensure all services are available and support ongoing COVID safety, testing and outreach. Please donate online or contact Fund Development Coordinator Jill Armentrout at email@example.com to find out about other ways to give. Thank you for the meals, masks and financial support already provided to help Change Lives Now.