Improving the health of our community.
We work to improve the health of our community by bridging the healthcare and social services systems. As a neutral convener, we ensure our community members are connected to the resources they deserve to live healthier lives. We work alongside our clients from an empowerment perspective to provide tools for problem-solving and advocacy to reduce barriers they might be facing.
Navigating care. Connecting resources.
Creating a community where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Our Values- WE CARE
Our values are grounded in the pursuit of community well-being and equitable systems that allow all to access critical resources within our neighborhoods. Our unique care model advocates for every person living in Kent County to receive the care they need to live healthier lives.
- Well-being and Equity
Our work is centered on our vision of achieving health equity, which is a community where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Our role in improving the health and well-being of our community members is increasing access to, and effective use of, community services and informal support networks through navigation assistance. At a systems level, we work from an equity perspective that challenges community and systemic barriers that prevent people from reaching their health goals and their own optimal health.
We have aligned with partners to build relationships that allow us to advocate for the needs of our community.
Our Growth and Evolution
Kent County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) specifies the development of a community healthcare “hub.”
Six month community planning process for “hub” (later named Health Net of West Michigan) begins.
Health Net of West Michigan is formed by re-purposing Kent Health Plan’s 501(c)(3) status to form a new organization.
Kent Health Plan carries over its “Plan B” coverage, renamed WellNet, as well as the health education curriculum, and incorporates programs from First Steps Kent including: Kent County Oral Health Coalition (KCOHC), FitKids360, and Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP).
Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) receives MI-CHAP award from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to replicate the pediatric CHAP model in eight additional sites. Health Net provides technical assistance leadership.
The Senior Dental Program pilot begins with the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan with funding through the Kent County Senior Millage.
The Kent County Oral Health Coalition is awarded the Oral Health 2020 grant from the DentaQuest Foundation. (Now CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.)
Health Net, along with Asthma Network of West Michigan, Spectrum Health/ Priority Health, and Healthy Homes Coalition begins feasibility study for Pay for Success model.
Coordinated Health Impact Alliance (CHIA), led by Health Net, begins.
The Equity Team, a collective of staff, begins to implement regular equity events for staff to expand their knowledge around topics related to equity, inclusion and diversity.
FitKids360 hosts its 100th class, including classes taught in Spanish and for teens.
Health Net integrates First Steps Kent’s Welcome Home Baby program into its case management work.
Health education program is phased out and core model of patient empowerment is further integrated into case management work.
Health Net is the only organization in Michigan to be awarded the $4.51 million Accountable Health Communities (AHC) cooperative agreement through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This funding will expand our capacity as Kent County’s bridge organization over the next five years.
Started to onboard our first community advisors to provide insight to AHC Advisory meetings.
Health Net was approved as one of the recipients of the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage. The $930,000 of funding allowed for the expansion of services for expectant families with children up to age six.
Health Net announces Equity Officer Position to support our equity efforts made possible by the Kellogg Foundation grant.