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Mercy Primary Care Center

Detroit, Michigan



The private nonprofit clinic fills a significant health-care gap on Detroit’s east side by offering free primary-care and social services to uninsured, homeless, and other vulnerable populations. This two-year grant from the Health Clinic Opportunity Fund increases the clinic’s capability to treat additional patients and helps to leverage access to free specialty and ancillary care services. The fund is designed to bridge, build, and sustain the operations of high-performing community health centers serving diverse and vulnerable populations. It targeted free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. Priority was given to projects that leverage existing resources, create more effective operating systems, improve efficiencies, and expand and maintain access to health services for vulnerable populations.