About Advantage Health Centers

Detroit Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. incorporated in 1986 to improve the health of our most vulnerable population. In 2003, DHCH expanded its mission to include all of those who are uninsured, or who live in areas where there are not enough doctors available.

Since then, DHCH has done business as Advantage Health Centers and now operates a network of medical and dental clinics.

As a federally qualified health center (FQHC) agency, Advantage is governed by a consumer-majority, volunteer Board of Directors. Advantage is a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency.

Our Mission

Advantage Health Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare and support services to Metro Detroit’s community and those experiencing homelessness regardless of source of payment.

Patient Centered Medical Home

Welcome to Advantage Health Centers! We are committed to being your partner in healthcare.

What is a Patient Centered Medical Home?

  • A medical home where you and your family can have short term illnesses and chronic health care needs addressed
  • The opportunity for you to have a hands on role in your health care and a partnership with the provider of your choice
  • Increased access to your health care provider; Coordinated health care services and follow-up
  • Access to evidenced based medical care and support for self management of chronic disease


What you can expect from us…

  • You are our #1 priority
  • Together, you and your provider develop your health care plan
  • Your provider leads your care team at all times
  • You and your care team work together to reach your health goals


What we expect from you… 

  • Utilize AHC as your medical home for short term illness & chronic health care
  • Follow your health care plan; make healthy lifestyle decisions
  • Keep scheduled appointments
  • Provide feedback on how we can improve our services
  • Talk to your health care team
    • Let us know what medications and/or supplements you are taking
    • Let us know of any changes in your health or symptoms you are feeling
    • Tell us when you have had a visit with another provider or an emergency room visit

Services

The following services are available directly at one of the five (5) AHC sites, or by referral to a participating partner.

  • Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Medical care for adults and children
  • Gynecology
  • Screening for HIV, breast and cervical cancer
  • Flu Shots ($10 for the public)
  • Prescription assistance
  • Social work services
  • Family planning
  • Laboratory services
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • TB testing
  • Referral to substance abuse treatment
  • Referral to mental health treatment
  • Assistance in locating emergency/temporary housing, shelter
  • Pre-employment and sports physicals
  • Behavioral Health services (on-site)
  • Women’s Health services
  • Dental Care

Partners and Affiliations

Community Health Center and Homeless Health Center FundingDepartment of Health and Human Services

D.O. Residency

Kirksville University

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Nurse Practitioner Program

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Health System Partner

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Mental Health Services

Eastwood Mental Health

Eastwood Mental Health

Pharmacy and Laboratory

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Affiliation of safety net providers

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Association of Federally Qualified Health Centers

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Homeless Services

Fort Street Presbyterian Church

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Association of safety net providers

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

Nurse Practitioner Training

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Mental Health Services

New Center Community Mental Health

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Consumer public health information

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Board of Directors

President: Duane Lewis, Esq.

Vice Chair: Claudette Bond, MBA

Secretary: Rick Ferguson

Board Members:
Eric Brown, BHA, Ty Faulkner, Ericka Warmack, CPA, CPBA, Michael White, MD, Christine Cocroft-Spotts, MBA, Eric Gray, Dori Griffin, Duane Lewis, Esq., Cynthia Taueg, MPH, DHA, JD, MMSC, Jamie Ebaugh

Emeritus: Les Bowman, MBA

Emeritus: George D. Gaines, Jr. MSW, MPH

Emeritus: Kathy R. Harris, PhD

Board of Directors

 

Seated:  Yolanda Williams-Davis (President-Elect), Christine Cocroft-Spotts (President), Rick Ferguson (Secretary)
Standing:  Nina Abubakari, Leslie Bowman, Reginald Hamilton, Claudette Bond, Sr. Xavier Ballance, Dr. Cynthia Taueg
Rear:  Eric Gray, Duane Lewis

History

In 1982, Dr. John Waller, Ph.D., Detroit Public Health Director, had a vision for better community health. He founded Detroit Care for the Homeless, and began providing care for the underserved in Metro Detroit.

In 1986, Detroit Health Care for the Homeless was incorporated and operated as such until 2004, when it began doing business as Advantage Health Centers.

Since, Advantage has both grown and expanded its reach and service provisions. With six health centers located through Detroit and Warren, AHC provides quality medical, dental and behaviors health to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

AHC operates the Children’s Dental Center, the largest pediatric dental practice in Michigan as well as the Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program for Children’s Hospital of Michigan

In affiliation with The Children’s Center of Wayne County, AHC opened the Children’s Health Center to meet pediatric and adolescent needs.

AHC is also the proud host of the Family Medicine Residency program in affiliation with DMC/Sinai-Grace Hospital and Wayne State University.

Change continues to shape AHC as we adjust to meet growing community needs. While maintaining the integrity of our historical platform, the best is yet to come.