American Cancer Society Presents the National Community Health Center Award to Great Lakes Bay Health for Innovative Work in Cancer Prevention

Saginaw, Michigan – In honor of National Health Center Week 2017 (August 13-19th), the American Cancer Society (ACS) recognized Great Lakes Bay Health Centers with its first-ever National Community Health Center Awards for its collaborative efforts to help reduce the unequal burden of cancer. GLBHC was the only health center in the nation honored for its innovative work with migrant workers to reduce the burden of cancer and reduce barriers to care.

Through a CHANGE Grant awarded by Lee Denim and the American Cancer Society, GLBHC has increased their mammogram screening rates from 31% to 70% over 3 years. GLBHC has improved its breast cancer screening practices by targeted outreach, not only to their patients, but also offering additional navigation services, such as transportation and translation to migrant workers.

“Being able to provide our seasonal agricultural workers with excellent health care including mammography is a joy. Migrant workers we serve provide us with products such as fresh blueberries, peaches, cilantro and pickles, and are so grateful for health care services,” said Dr. Brenda Coughlin President and CEO of GLBHC.

In communities across the country, individuals are not receiving potentially life-saving cancer screening resources, education, and follow-up care. Some of the barriers include poverty and lack of access to these services, as well as the perception that screening tests are invasive and unpleasant.

Screening can help save lives if people get tested and cancer is detected early, but for many people who are under-insured or uninsured, getting screened can be difficult if not impossible. The American Cancer Society is committed to partnering with Community Health Centers to reach these overburdened populations and acknowledges the work health centers are doing across the country to ensure everyone has equal access to cancer education, screening tests and follow-up care.

For more about the award contact Dan Knaup GLBHC Director of Quality Improvement 989-759-6474. For more information about migrant care please contact Jesse Costilla, GLBHC Migrant Program Manager 989-922-5658.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

GLBHC offers medical and dental care in their 26 sites throughout the Great Lakes Bay and beyond. They are a Health Center Program grantee under 42. U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233 (g) – (n). This press release is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #H80CS00689 titled Health Center Cluster for $5,315,803 with 87% funded with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of Great Lakes Bay Health Centers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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