Molina Recognizes Marjorie Mitchell as Unsung Health Care Hero at Community Champion Awards


DETROIT – May 1, 2015 – Molina Healthcare of Michigan recently celebrated the good deeds of six community heroes at its ninth annual Community Champions Awards. One of this year’s winners included Marjorie Mitchell of Farmington.

Mitchell has acted as an educator for health care access issues and advocate for persons with developmental disabilities for more than 45 years. She has worked tirelessly on increasing access to health insurance for Michigan families regardless of income. Mitchell volunteers her services and knowledge to several community resource centers in southeast Michigan and strives to get organizations to collaborate on finding solutions to get health care coverage provided for all. Mitchell volunteers her time on several boards and committees including the Universal Health Care Action Network Board, the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Consumer Engagement Council, Michigan Health and Hospital Association and Michigan Health Insurance Access, among others.

“Molina proudly salutes the hard work and dedication of these extraordinary individuals,” said Stephen Harris, president of Molina Healthcare of Michigan. “It was a pleasure honoring this year’s Community Champions award winners for the commitment they put into serving those in need in our communities.”

The Community Champions program celebrates the vision of Dr. C. David Molina, the founder of Molina Healthcare, as well as community partners who work together to care for society’s most vulnerable individuals. Each community champion was nominated by a community-based organization and also received a $1,000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization of his/her choice. Mitchell will donate her $1,000 grant to Michigan Universal Health Care Action Network.

The awards dinner was held at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit and included an invocation by Pastor Philip Carr of Second Ebenezer Church and entertainment by Detroit School of Arts’ Achievers Ladies Ensemble. State Senator Vincent Gregory, who nominated Mitchell for the honor, was also in attendance.

Photo ID (left to right): Stephen Harris, president of Molina Healthcare of Michigan; Heidi McGlinnen of Molina Healthcare of Michigan; Marjorie Mitchell; Sister Mary Ellen Howard ; State Senator Vincent Gregory; Zarina Shockley-Sparling, Molina Healthcare, Inc.

About Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Molina serves more than 3 million members through our locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Dr. C. David Molina founded our company in 1980 as a provider organization serving low-income families in Southern California. Today, we continue his mission of providing high quality and cost-effective health care to those who need it most. For more information about Molina Healthcare, please visit our website at