Haveman to Honor Top Local Health Programs on Friday

May 3, 2001

Michigan Department of Community Health Director James K. Haveman, Jr. will honor the top local health programs in the state on Friday, May 4, at the Public Health Leadership Meeting. The award presentation will take place at noon at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University, South Harrison Road, East Lansing.

Haveman will present the Director's Award which is given annually to a local health jurisdiction in recognition of excellence in public health. The 2001 Director's Award will be presented to the Bay County Health Department for its Successful Futures Program. The Mid-Michigan District Health Department will be awarded second place for the Montcalm Oral Health Program and the Muskegon County Health Program will received the third place award for the McClees Clinic.

"I am pleased to honor such outstanding health programs," said Haveman. "These programs not only exhibit a wonderful spirit of collaboration but they have made a positive impact on the health of the communities they are designed to serve."

The recipient of the 2001 Director's Award is Bay County Health Department for their Successful Futures Program. The program was a community response to an identified need and provides a comprehensive and coordinated maternal and child health system with emphasis on prevention and elimination of factors that place a child at risk. It was designed to fill in the gaps in services to families who have at least one risk factor. These families may have had difficulty receiving services due to insurance coverage, income restrictions, or inability to enroll in programs due to lack of openings.

The Successful Futures Program has been fully operational for 6 months and has 226 active clients to date. It is currently coordinating with Michigan State University to develop an evaluation instrument to measure the identified health indicators of the program.

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department will receive second place for the Montcalm Oral Health Program. The purpose of the program is to increase access to basic dental care and expand oral health education among Medicaid and low-income vulnerable populations in Montcalm County. A baseline data for defined oral health indicators is being created.

The Montcalm County Oral Health Program is a result of an identified deficit in oral health care for Medicaid recipients in Montcalm County. In January 2000, using funding from a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Stanton Dental Care Center was opened in the same facility as two primary care practices. The dental care center is staffed by one full-time dentist and six local dentists who have committed 1-2 days of services per month.

To date, 1,224 clients have been provided oral care at the Stanton Dental Center and 46% of the second graders in Montcalm area schools have participated in the Basic Dental Screening program.

The third place winner is the Muskegon County Health Department for the McClees Clinic that provides ongoing HIV/AIDS (medical model) case management services to individuals who are HIV positive as well as their families and other affected persons. It links the affected population with health, psychosocial, legal, financial, housing, job placement and/or evaluative services. The program is designed to decrease the need for client emergency department visits and/or hospitalization. The clinic serves residents in Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana, Mason, Newaygo, Kent, Ionia, and Mecosta Counties.

The McClees Clinic maintains a variety of referral contacts with area agencies and provides consultative medical, educational and medical case management services to HIV/AIDS incarcerated clients through the Michigan Department of Corrections in their designated region.
The operational expense of the clinic is kept to a minimum by using volunteer staff time and donated supplies. A fundraiser is held every year for the benefit of the clinic.

The Bay County Health Department will receive $5,000 for first-place, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department will receive $1,500 for second-place and the Muskegon County Health Department will receive $1,000 for third place.

The Ingham County Health Department won the first Director's Award in 1983 for its Food Bank Program.