Improving Access to Primary Care for Michigan’s Working Uninsured—Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured, Wyandotte, Mich.

There are working adults in Michigan who are uninsured, which can lead to the inability to have access to primary and preventive medical care. As a result, the Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured was created as a free clinic to provide primary care services to Michigan’s working uninsured. The patients are low income but earnings exceed the levels to qualify for Medicaid.

The clinic features family medicine and other primary care physicians, nurses, behavioral health specialists and other support services run by volunteers. Working adults 18 and older who do not have health insurance can come to the Wyandotte Clinic for primary care doctor visits, podiatric services, nutrition counseling, disease management and woman’s exams. The clinic staff provides enrollment information about assistance for prescription medicine, insurance options and other health resources. The clinic is unique as an educational resource, hosting primary care residencies, rotations, preceptor training and shadowing opportunities.

The Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured illustrates how health professionals, educational institutions and community members can come together to help working members of their community gain access to the services they need and deserve through innovative primary care. The clinic, which opened in 2005, has provided more than 20,000 patient visits during the past 10 years.