New health literacy grant from Metro Health Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information

Name: Marjorie Mitchell

Title: Executive Director

Phone: (248) 880-2526

Email: mjmitchell@michuhcan.org

MICHUHCAN receives health literacy grant from Metro Health Foundation.

August 4, 2014 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MICHUHCAN) recently received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from Metro Health Foundation. These funds will be used to develop presentations and train 10 staff members at community partner organizations who will assist newly insured individuals covered under the Healthy Michigan Plan. “Over 6,000 individuals have received presentations about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” said Marjorie Mitchell, MICHUHCAN Executive Director, “The conversations and questions raised at those presentations indicated that the language of insurance and that the complexity of the provider system was confusing and often left individuals feeling inadequate and frustrated.”

These 10 trained staff members from churches, shelters, soup kitchens, clinics, and nonprofits will address such issues as: how to choose an insurance policy, how to address conflicts with insurance companies, and how to prepare for a visit with the doctor. Mitchell hopes this new effort will result in an educated, informed and ultimately, healthier population throughout the state.

About MICHUHCAN

MICHUHCAN is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all and improved health outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health through education, strategy development and advocacy.

About Metro Health Foundation

Metro Health Foundation is a private Detroit grant-making foundation supporting Michigan organizations in health care and health-related fields.


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