The Greater Flint Health Coalition is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit healthcare coalition – a true partnership between healthcare providers and purchasers, consumers and committed citizens, government leaders, insurers, educators and all those concerned about the well-being of our community and its residents.
Based in Flint, Michigan, the Greater Flint community is located in Genesee County, approximately 65 miles northwest of Detroit, Michigan. The City of Flint has a total population of 124,943 (according to the 2000 census) while Genesee County as a whole has a total population of approximately 435,000. As the birthplace of General Motors (1908) and the United Auto Workers (1935), this once flourishing manufacturing community was at one time the home to nearly 80,000 General Motors jobs in the area’s local automobile factories. Today, less than 10,000 GM jobs remain in the community. While manufacturing and economic times have dramatically changed, the county is still heavily influenced by GM and the UAW. And this history relates directly to the formation of the Greater Flint Health Coalition.
In 1992, several community leaders formed the Greater Flint Health Coalition to examine the issues affecting Genesee County’s health status. Over time, the coalition influenced legislation to restrict smoking in public places; created a task force which, through education, helped reduce the incidence of Caesarean births where normal delivery was most appropriate; and worked to improve diabetes awareness.
Two years later, in 1994, GM and the UAW began evaluating their efforts to influence health and maximize the value of health care delivered in communities where they do business. Through this venture, known as the Community Health Care Initiatives, they concluded that “locally focused efforts” could yield the best results. In 1996, GM and the UAW approached the Greater Flint Health Coalition to work in partnership to achieve their mutual goals. The Greater Flint area had been chosen-along with Anderson, Indiana and Warren, Ohio for the investment of GM & UAW’s joint energies and resources to improve health status and better understand health care delivery issues. To date, this effort has been of great benefit.
In 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition was formally incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to improve the health status of Genesee County residents and to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of the health care delivery system. It is both a community/institutional partnership and multifaceted collaboration, with a board that is a broad reflection of the community’s leadership-including government, hospitals, labor, business, insurers, physicians, education, consumers and the faith-based community. Matching our community’s needs, the Coalition’s vision is a healthy Genesee County community practicing healthy lifestyles with access to the best and most cost effective health and medical care.
Since its inception, the Greater Flint Health Coalition has served the community by reaching out to those with diverse experiences and perspectives to address common health issues in order to find solutions to our area’s most pressing health dilemmas. Through the power of partnership, consensus, collaboration, fairness, integrity, continuous improvement, innovation, and public participation, the GFHC has become a neutral table in which cutting edge initiatives related to healthcare access, quality, cost, and health improvement can be addressed to improve our community’s health status.