Michigan Free Clinic Receives Family Medicine Cares USA Grant

Oct. 13, 2022 - AAFP Foundation’s Family Medicine Cares USA program helps establish new free clinics and provides grants to existing clinics for purchasing medical equipment and instruments. Congratulations to Downriver Community Clinic in Wyandotte for receiving an existing clinic award of $10,000 in the 2022 grant cycle.

Downriver Community Clinic is a volunteer-run clinic that provides primary care services, men’s wellness exams, well-woman check-ups, diabetes education, nutrition counseling, work physicals, and more. It was established in 2005 as a place where local working adults who lack medical insurance can get free, quality primary and preventive healthcare.

“Our model of care delivery is truly the coming together of a community. For many of our patients, this is their only means of accessing care. Without the prompt and appropriate care they get at Downriver Community Clinic, they would likely go to the emergency room or forego care altogether, until what was once acute turns into a more serious chronic condition,” said E. Chris Bush, MD, FAAFP, president of the clinic and long-time member of and volunteer leader at Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Bush is also among the physicians and other medical professionals on staff at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital who volunteer their time to care for the clinic’s patients.

As of September 2021, Family Medicine Cares USA has granted a total of 94 awards totaling more than $1.72 million to free clinics in 32 states and one U.S. territory.