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National Friendly Access Project

Greater Flint Health Coalition

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Meeting Evolving Community Needs
  • Grant Amount $60,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2005–March 31, 2007
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

The National Friendly Access Project is a community-based initiative that encourages a system-wide approach to improving maternal and pediatric health care by providers who serve Medicaid-eligible or uninsured populations. Flint was one of four cities selected from a field of 12 to begin replicating the project through the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC). Multiyear funding will enable GFHC to reestablish the Friendly Access Leadership Team and develop a work plan focused on community-wide customer service standards for prenatal and pediatric health care; organize a kick-off event for the African-American Family Resources Information Center and Network; continue to assess public health service standards; convene a Children’s Oral Health Access Task Force; and continue to explore the issue of unplanned pregnancies with community focus groups and develop an intervention plan.Recent accomplishments included creating a steering committee to develop an intervention and work plan to address disparities in African-American infant mortality; completing an assessment of maternal and child health care in Genesee County; and hosting a community conference entitled “Making Friendly Access Work”.