Meet Mimi Rankin, who works to provide services and proper care to at-risk populations.
Whether you know Mimi Rankin from her radio show Journey to Better Health (airing on 100.1 in Muskegon) or as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Health Project, she is often described as one of the most passionate community leaders in the Muskegon area. Employed with the Health Project since 1997, Mimi started as outreach and enrollment specialist, enrolling thousands of pregnant women and children in the MIChild, Healthy Kids, and Medicaid programs. She was also program staff for the Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit, which delivered comprehensive dental care to uninsured and Medicaid-eligible children in inner-city neighborhoods. She also served as the lead coordinator for the Health Project’s study on African American’s with diabetes, which lead her to start organizing several education and awareness events for minority populations.
In addition to organizing multiple community events such as the annual African American Diabetes Conference and the Men’s Health Fair, Mimi also schedules and staffs the Wheels of Mercy mobile outreach programs during the spring, which connects people to health care services. Rankin and her outreach team of community health workers are trained to help low-income residents maneuver through the health care system and remove many barriers to good health – making sure everyone, including the uninsured and underinsured, get the services they need.
“This isn’t a job for me,” Rankin said. “It’s a passion for me. I love helping people. With most people, if they know you care, then they care. My philosophy is you give each patient the tools they need to take care of their health.”
A longtime resident of Muskegon Heights, Mimi serves on the Muskegon Height’s Planning Committee, Muskegon Heights Board of Education, and several local boards to share her energy, time, and talent with the community she loves.