Detroit Clinic Provides Low-Cost Health Care to Local Teens in Need

Detroit SkylineThe Detroit Community Health Connection (DCHC) understands the importance of providing a healthier future for adolescents. DCHC is a non-profit primary care organization committed to providing “accessible, affordable and quality service to all members of the community.”

About the Healthy Teens Community Care Center

In 2004 DCHC started the Healthy Teens Community Care Center, developed specifically to provide care to Detroit adolescents between the ages of 10 and 21. The care center is the only full-time, school-linked, community-based teen health center currently operating in Detroit. The teen health care center has a family nurse practitioner, a collaborating physician, a medical assistant and a receptionist on staff.

The Healthy Teens Community Care Center is located in Detroit at 611 Martin Luther King Blvd.  Their hours are Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We provide teen-friendly care to Detroit youth who have no where else to go,” said Claudia Corbin, director of the Healthy Teens Community Center. “We are duty bound to serve any teen that walks through our doors with or without insurance, with or without payment.”

From October 2009 to the end of September 2010, the Healthy Teens Community Care Center provided care to 630 patients. On average, these same patients came back for follow-up care three more times after their initial visit.

“Some of our patients may not even know where they will sleep tonight. Others have many other problems that need immediate care,” said Corbin. “Yet, these are the leaders of tomorrow. We’ve got to be able to continue this service. Their future depends on it.”

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Growing up Healthy

When I was in high school, volleyball was my life – especially my senior year. But one day during tryouts I sprained my ankle. With the risk of losing my starting spot on the team, I was in my doctor’s office the following morning. After getting x-rays, an uncomfortable cast and a pair of crutches that I lugged around for a month, I feared the worst. But my ankle healed – just in time for our first game of the season.

I was lucky. My family had health insurance so it was easy for me to get the care I needed. Unfortunately, not all Michigan residents have access to medical care like I did.

I can’t imagine how different my experience would have been if my parents did not have health insurance. What about you?

How You Can Help

The organization relies on funding from the state, sponsoring agencies and private donations. Anyone interested in contributing to the organization can donate funds via the Paypal donation link at the bottom of DCHC’s homepage.

DCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad

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