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Corktown Health Center developed into reality from the idea of an LGBTQ-focused primary health care center five years ago.
“After 30 years of providing services to thousands of persons living with HIV, it was clear that more needed to be done to address the lack of primary care that is focused on the LGBTQ community,” said Corktown organizers. “Unlike other metropolitan areas, Southeastern Michigan lacked an agency that was committed to the health of the LGBTQ community.”
Patrick Yankee said that in 2019 the goal is simple: expansion.
“In 2018 we served over 525 people from the LGBTQ community at Corktown Health Center. My hope for 2019 is that we double this number by this time next year with expanded primary care, aging services and improved access to behavioral health and preventative services like PrEP and Cancer Screening,” Yankee said. “As always, managing our work with limited resources will be the biggest challenge. We are thrilled to have been awarded new funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to begin providing formal geriatric services at Corktown Health Center, which we look forward to doing in collaboration with SAGE Metro Detroit. This is a first for our state and we are honored that the Health Fund is supporting this important step.”