Editor's note: The Early Childhood Investment Corporation has supported the efforts of Michigan communities to implement a Children's Healthcare Awareness Program (CHAP). Nationally, CHAP fits into the broader efforts related to improving access to quality care for vulnerable children. In Michigan, CHAP works exclusively with children on Medicaid and helps them access quality health care using a more efficient system. Good health is essential for school readiness, an issue that is central to the work of the Investment Corporation.
MLive, KALAMAZOO –
A discussion with a colleague a few years ago about how to better help kids who are below the poverty line, led Dr. Thomas Akland, a pediatrician who works for Borgess ProMed Pediatrics and Borgess Family Medicine in Plainwell, to spearhead an effort to start the Children’s Healthcare Access Program in Kalamazoo.
A pilot program of CHAP, which has already taken root in Kent and Wayne counties, has started here with in-kind support from Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare Group, the dedication of space and resources by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health, and volunteer participation by many others.