Registration now open for the 2018 C.A.R.E. Summit!

The 2018 Community Advocate Resource Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This summit will include motivational topics, breakout sessions, and local resources- all community outreach workers are encouraged to attend. This Summit is free, however, registration is required:

2018 Outstanding Community Partner Award Winner- Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) Program

The Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities Program staff were awarded the 2018 Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association (MOSPA) Outstanding Community Partner Award! The MOSPA State Awards provide an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and businesses that have made outstanding contributions in the area of Special Populations and/or Occupational Programs.

Greater Flint Health Coalition Social Determinants of Health Standardized Screening Efforts

The Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) is one of five organizations chosen by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to lead the implementation of the State Innovation Model (SIM) within their community. The SIM initiative focuses on the development and testing of multi-payer healthcare payment and service delivery models in order to achieve better care coordination, lower costs, and improve health outcomes for Michigan residents. As the backbone organization for the Genesee Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR), the GFHC is working to leverage cross-sector partnerships that address population health and connect patients with relevant community and social services that address the social determinants of health (SDoH).

Development of a Standard Social Determinants of Health Screening Tool
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings initiative, approximately 80% of the factors affecting health outcomes fall outside traditional healthcare delivery, such as health behaviors, social & economic factors, and environmental factors. The GFHC’s SIM Steering Committee determined that one of the initial steps in addressing this issue was to develop a standardized process for screening patients in Genesee County to identify their individual SDoH needs and begin to address more upstream factors of individual health outcomes.
As a result, the Genesee CHIR “Health Needs Screening Tool” was developed. The screening tool utilizes an evidence-based strategy to assess and engage residents sourced from materials provided by Health Leads while incorporating local input from area residents on the factors impacting their health. Patients are asked questions related to the domains of food, utilities, housing, child care, healthcare access and cost, transportation, literacy, safety, substance use, depression, and clean water access.

Implementation within Genesee County Physician Practices
The screening tool has been adopted and is currently being administered by 27 physician practices, encompassing a total of 94 individual providers, in Genesee County and has been incorporated into practice workflows. As a result of screening efforts by physicians, practice embedded care managers, and community health workers, over 4,000 individual patients in Genesee County have been screened to date. Information gathered from screens allows physicians to gain a clearer picture of the patient’s health status as well as guide care coordination activities in the practice setting and direct the strategy of the SIM Clinical Community Linkage Initiative in how to most effectively connect individuals to necessary resources.
Additionally, through a partnership with Great Lakes Health Connect, all screening results are submitted to a community data repository where they are aggregated into monthly reports. Insights gathered from this unique collection of data on Genesee County residents informs the SIM Project through identifying areas of greatest need in our community as well as gaps in resources and barriers to access.

The physician partner organizations that are involved in this project include Professional Medical Corporation, McLaren Physician Partners, and the Genesee Community Health Center. For more information regarding the State Innovation Model work in Genesee County, or how your practice can get involved, please contact Lori Kunkel, Vice President of Programs, Greater Flint Health Coalition by email at

We are Live! The State Innovation Model (SIM) Community Clinical Linkage (CCL) Initiative for the Genesee Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) launched November 1, 2017

The Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) is one of five organizations chosen by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to lead the implementation of the State Innovation Model (SIM) within their communities. As the backbone organization for the Genesee Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR), the GFHC and its multisector partners are working to improve population health in Genesee County.

What is SIM?
SIM is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center initiative that partners with states to advance multi-payer health care payment and delivery system reform models in an effort to achieve better quality of care, lower costs, and improved health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. The State of Michigan was one of eleven states awarded a four-year model test award, focused on implementing Michigan’s Blueprint for Health Innovation.

The vision for Michigan’s State Innovation Model is a person-centered health system that is coordinating care across medical settings, as well as with community organizations, to address social determinants of health to improve health outcomes; and pursue community-centered solutions to upstream factors of poor health outcomes. MDHHS is implementing the SIM initiative under three main umbrellas: population health, care delivery, and technology.

Community Health Innovation Regions
To address population health, MDHHS has funded five Community Health Innovation Regions (CHIRs) across the State. In addition to the GFHC’s Genesee CHIR, there are CHIRs in the Jackson, Muskegon, Northern Michigan and Livingston/Washtenaw County communities. CHIRs are broad partnerships of community organizations, local government agencies, businesses, healthcare providers, payers, and community members that collaborate to align and implement strategies to support population health.

SIM Priority Population
MDHHS has required Community Health Innovation Regions to focus on the SIM priority population of emergency department (ED) utilizers. The selection of this priority population is supported by the Genesee CHIR’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), adopted by Genesee County’s three hospitals and the GFHC. The GFHC and its stakeholders have defined this SIM priority population as:
1. High ED utilizers, or individuals using the ED five or more times in a year
2. “Inappropriate” ED utilizers, or individuals using the ED to receive care for conditions identified as typically treatable in a primary care setting; and
3. Preventable ED utilizers, or individuals using the ED who have not had a visit with their primary care provider in the previous year.

GFHC Clinical-Community Linkage Initiative
A primary goal set by MDHHS for each Community Health Innovation Region is to address non-medical factors that affect health, such as housing, transportation, and food insecurity, by supporting connections between primary care practices and community service providers, often referred to as clinical-community linkages. The Clinical Community Linkage Project is led by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, which has implemented a community “hub” model based on the early success of its Genesee Children’s Healthcare Access Program, or CHAP.

To achieve this goal of developing a functional clinical community linkage process, the GFHC has partnered with a variety of community stakeholders and institutions. These include, but are not limited to:

• Two local physician organizations: Professional Medical Corporation and McLaren Physician Partners;

• Genesee County’s six Medicaid Health Plans: Molina Healthcare, McLaren Health Plan, Meridian Health Plan, Blue Cross Complete, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and HAP Midwest;

• Genesee County’s three hospitals: Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Health System, McLaren Flint;

• Three community-based specialty hubs: Genesee CHAP, Genesee Health Plan, and Genesee Health System;

• The local regional health information exchange (HIE), Great Lakes Health Connect;

• A collective of community and social service organizations including: United Way of Genesee County, Catholic Charities, Carriage Town Ministries, Child Care Connect, Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), Mass Transportation Authority, My Brothers’ Keeper, Salvation Army, Shelter of Flint, Valley Area Agency on Aging, and YWCA of Greater Flint.

A newly launched Community Referral Platform is providing one platform linking participating practices, community-based specialty hubs, and community service agencies to support the needs of patients. Working together, the GFHC and its partners will address the upstream socio-economic factors affecting the health of Genesee County residents. An initial ten SIM-designated patient centered medical home (PCMH) practices are included in the Clinical Community Linkages pilot phase launch that began in November, 2017.

Established in 1996, the two-fold mission of the Greater Flint Health Coalition is to improve the health status of residents and improve the quality and cost effectiveness of the health care system in our community. The GFHC operates a variety of programs in Genesee County to support this mission.

Commit to Fit! Business-to-Business Challenge Winners Announced and New Healthy Holidays Challenge Begins

GENESEE COUNTY, MI In this seventh annual event, the Fall 4 Fitness Challenge, a community-wide, business-to-business wellness challenge took place from October 1st to October 31st. The challenge was available free-of-charge to any Flint & Genesee County business, organization, or community group interested in bringing wellness to the workplace. Last year, 110 Flint and Genesee County businesses and organizations participated.

Based on their employee participation, businesses will compete against one another to see which will be recognized and rewarded for achieving the “Highest Level of Participation” and “Highest Level of Goal Attainment” with the winners earning the Commit to Fit! distinction of the “Healthiest Business in Genesee County.” Last year’s winners included Diplomat Pharmacy, Advanced Physical Therapy Center, Genesee County Health Department, Hamilton Community Health Network, MSU Extension-Flint, Greater Flint Health Coalition, and Mott Children’s Health Center.

This year, there was a record of 131 businesses and organizations that signed up to compete in the four-week goal for each participant to practice 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Over 67% of the participants met or exceeded the total challenge goal of 1,000 minutes. In total, over 1.8 million minutes of physical activity was logged during the Fall 4 Fitness Challenge. The Commit to Fit! interactive website – – recorded 1,468 residents are now utilizing the Commit to Fit! Mobile App and 1,343 residents have now connected wearable fitness devices to

The Fall 4 Fitness Challenge is generously sponsored by Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. and ELGA Credit Union. The Fall 4 Fitness Challenge Winners are as follows:

Small Business Division (Employers with 5-99 employees)
Winners – Highest Average Minutes Per Participant:
1st Place – Loving Hands (2,832 average minutes per participant)
2nd Place – Dr. Paul H Musson (2,559 average minutes per participant)
3rd Place – South Bendle Elementary (2,277 average minutes per participant)

Large Business Division (Employers with 100-999 employees)
Winners – Highest Average Minutes Per Participant:
1st Place – Advanced Physical Therapy Center (2,403 average minutes per participant)
2nd Place – Genesee Health Plan (2,288 average minutes per participant)
3rd Place – Genesee Intermediate School District (1,596 average minutes per participant)

Super Business Division (Employers with 1,000+ employees)
Winners – Highest Average Minutes Per Participant:
1st Place – Diplomat Pharmacy (1,361 average minutes per participant)
2nd Place – Genesys Health System (1,169 average minutes per participant)

Flint Child Health & Development Fund ( will provide support to Flint Children Exposed to Lead

FLINT, MI – A group of concerned community members have created a charitable fund so that people nationwide can contribute to support both short and long term needs of Flint’s children exposed to lead. The Fund, established at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, is a supplemental resource to the ongoing pursuit of additional state and federal funding.

“If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now,” said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center physician. “Our Flint children deserve every opportunity to be healthy and successful. The creation of this Fund will further ensure that our children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome this population-wide exposure to lead.”

The Flint Child Health & Development Fund will support the delivery of critical public health, medical, and community-based services and interventions that address and mitigate the short and long term impacts experienced by Flint, Michigan children exposed to lead as the result of the 2014-2016 Flint Water Crisis. The Flint Child Health & Development Fund will be used to aid children with interventions that support positive health outcomes for Flint children, including:

  • Immediate response
  • Optimal child & health development
  • Early childhood education
  • Continuous access to a pediatric medical home
  • Access to infant and child behavioral health services
  • Nutrition education
  • Healthy food access
  • Safe & healthy home environments
  • Integrated social services
  • Research

Grants from the Fund will be advised by a committee of community members with representation from residents, Hurley Children’s Hospital, Mott Children’s Health Center, Greater Flint Health Coalition, United Way of Genesee County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “The Fund, and its Advisory Committee structure, ensures that donations will be used in the most effective way to help Flint children,” said James Gaskin, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Genesee County. “We extend our deep appreciation to all the donors who have responded generously to this emergency.”

The Community Foundation is extremely grateful to the United Way of Genesee County and their CEO, Jamie Gaskin, for the dedication of staff, time and resources in the day to day coordination of the immediate response to this ongoing crisis, said Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “Together, the Community Foundation and United Way will be working with the fund advisory committee to ensure that the needs of Flint’s children are addressed.”

Give online to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund at

Commit to Fit! Certified Healthy Workplaces

The Greater Flint Health Coalition and Commit to Fit! are pleased to announce that seven Genesee County businesses have qualified for the Commit to Fit! Certified Healthy Workplace Designation. This certification aims to acknowledge local businesses actively working to improve the health of their employees by providing workplace wellness programming and a healthy business environment.

Atherton Elementary School Wins the First Annual Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge

Atherton Elementary students and staff have won the first annual Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge. The Commit to Fit! Active Schools challenge was designed to promote health and wellness within local schools while creating some “healthy” competition. Throughout the month of March, students from 10 schools strived to achieve 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Participating schools included: Atherton Elementary, Otter Lake Elementary, Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary, Rankin Elementary, Torrey Hill Intermediate School, North Road Elementary, Lake Fenton Middle School, Barhitte Elementary, Lakeville Middle and High Schools, and State Road Elementary.

Collectively, over 1,700 students from participating schools logged 1,896,233 minutes of physical activity during the month of March. Atherton Elementary students averaged 1,275 minutes of physical activity, which is equivalent to 41 minutes of activity per day per student. For winning the Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge, Atherton Elementary School will receive a trophy as well as a monetary prize of $2,000 for use towards health and wellness programming. Individuals that reached the goal of 30 minutes of physical activity per day were entered into a raffle to win a variety of local gift certificates.

The Active Schools Challenge was generously sponsored by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, the Hurley Foundation, Genesys Health System, the Crim Fitness Foundation, Cybex International, and ELGA Credit Union. Visit the new for information on free local fitness and nutrition classes, annual wellness challenges, and to join the Flint & Genesee County MOVEment!