Stimulus funds received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been allocated to open the Center for Better Health. The center is offering free COVID-19 tests, health and wellness services, personal protective equipment, and other forms of support to residents of Benton Harbor and Benton Heights.
What have we learned so far?
- The Center for Better Health and COVID-19’s Lessons
- CBH Brief_COVID-19 Testing
- CBH Brief_Internal and External Partnerships
- CBH Brief_CBH Staff interviews and client follow ups
- Community Researcher Findings
- CBH Brief_Center Operations
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Additional Health Care Services and Health Education
Other preventive screenings for COVID-19 risk factors, offered at the Main Street location, include high blood pressure checks and a heart health screening that covers cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL and glucose. Participants must be 18 years of age and they must fast for a minimum of 12 hours prior to the screening. Consuming water before the test is encouraged. No appointments are needed. Health education and health coaching will be available at the center during the hours of operation.
Personal Protective Equipment
Each household will receive a plastic tote that includes five face coverings, two hand sanitizers, and two hand soap wipes.
Spanish Translation Services
Spanish-speaking navigators will be on hand to assist with translation for Spanish speakers. Tuesday and Thursday 1 – 5 p.m.
Mental Health Services
Provided to the adult residents (18 years old and up) of Benton Harbor and Benton Township and surrounding areas who have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All services will be provided at no cost to community members, and by appointment only.
The services are provided in-person or via telehealth:
- Individual therapy
- Navigation and referral assistance
All mental health services are provided by appointment only.
Community navigators who specialize in linking community members to local resources will be available at the center.
- Access to health care and mental health services
- Housing assistance
- Food assistance and food banks
- Government benefits (Tanf, SSI, SSFDI, Medicaid and Medicare)
- Childcare/parenting resources
- Legal services
- Emergency assistance
- Financial planning and assistance
- Information regarding legal help, including free-to-low-cost legal services
Masks are required of all staff, clinicians, and clients at the Center for Better Health. Social distancing is practiced to the extent possible. The center follows CDC and State of Michigan guidelines on COVID-19 precautions.
All clients entering the building will have their temperatures taken at the door. The facility is also ADA compliant.
Parking is available on the street and in a lot adjacent to the center. The front entrance is ADA accessible. Transportation tokens are available at the center or through Dial-a-Ride.