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Community Benefit Model

What is Community Benefit?

Community Benefit is the health improvement services provided to the community through investments by the hospitals, based on the Community Health Needs Assessment. Once every three years the hospitals engage with a broad spectrum of community experts to identify the health needs of the community served by the hospital. Those needs are then prioritized and serve as the basis for the hospital’s implementation plan to address the community health needs. These needs consist of four general categories of health services funded by the hospital; uncompensated care, medical education, medical research, and community programs. Spending levels in each category reflect the needs of the community. Uncompensated care is the highest need in the Muskegon community with so many residents either uninsured or under insured. As a result, the hospital reported spending over $4 million on uncompensated care in 2008.

In addition to uncompensated care, the hospital funds many community programs through the Muskegon Community Health Project. In October 2009 the Health Project merged with Mercy Health Partners to serve as the community benefit arm of the health system. In 2009 more than 5,600 individuals received services from the Health Project through programs focused on; health and wellness education, chronic disease management, providing access to health care, assistance with medical and dental care for the uninsured, health navigation and advocacy assistance to individuals, and prescription pharmaceutical assistance to those unable to access medications.

The Health Project’s community benefit is embedded in the broad network of collaborative partnerships to ensure that the health needs of the community can be addressed through a fully integrated health delivery system. To see how the Health Project organizes and manages the delivery of its community benefit programs and services, view the Community Benefit Collaborative Structure chart, or view the Health Project’s Community Benefit Model itself.

 

upcoming events

May 1, 2018

Free Freedom From Smoking Classes: Session Three

Freedom From Smoking, the leading adult smoking cessation program for over 30 years, shows you how to quit in a safe, supportive environment. You’ll be given …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

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Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants – Letters of Intent Due March 2nd

The Project Advisory Board is requesting proposals for the FY19 Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants. The Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants are awarded yearly to organizations for …

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Application 2018-2019

The Sister Simone Courtade Grant Program was created by the Sisters of Mercy to support, strengthen and sustain our organizational Mission in the community. The specific intent …

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Timeline

RFP released on or about Friday, February 16, 2018
Required Letter of Intent must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to …

staff highlight

Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.

 

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