With a recent national report indicating profound health disparities between
The move comes on the heels of this year's
The Foundation report not ed that in 2015,
"As a federally funded health center, we have to conduct routine assessments, and it soon became very clear that there was a need for Urgent Care services on the Eastside of
Sanford said her organization has four clinics serving the Metro Detroit area and Pontiac. But their internal assessments indicated the Eastside of
Historically, the hospital emergency room has often been the first choice of many poor people for urgent care services she said.
However, a medical center's Urgent Care designation means if your doctor's office is closed or unable to accept appointments on that particular day and you have an urgent need to be seen due to a condition that requires an urgent evaluation by a medical professional, you can visit an
The 2010 Affordable Care Act increased funding for community health centers, which provide comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care. Health Center grantees in
Of that funding, more than
Still, the website for the
There are however, independent privately run clinics like the
"Everybody recognizes that healthcare is not the only thing that contributes to people's health," she said. "Living a stressful life, eating good food, transportation to get to places to buy good food do too."
"A healthcare system itself doesn't make up for all those things; health care makes people healthy, but it's one of only many things people need to be healthy," Baum said.