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      Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center receives $100,000 grant

      The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center received a $100,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

      A press conference was held Friday afternoon at the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn to present the check which will go to expanding health care services at clinics in Houghton and Calumet.

      This grant will allow facilities to bring in health care professionals who specialize in behavioral and mental health issues like substance abuse and depression to the 9,000 uninsured residents in Houghton County.

      The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan hopes the grant will help mental and behavioral health care to become more accessible to residents in the Western Peninsula.

      "One of the things we're hoping to achieve is for people to go right in their own community to get the kind of primary care that they need so they don't end up in the emergency rooms, which are very costly for everyone," says Suzanne Allen, Director of Community Responsibility for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

      The grant is the largest that the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has distributed to any clinic in the state.