Welcome to Corktown Health Center, a new medical home focused on serving the LGBTQ community in Southeastern Michigan.
Corktown Health Center is an evolving, collaborative work-in-progress and we are grateful to the community members who have helped shape our vision and our services so far. We are pleased to begin offering the services most requested by the community. But we are just getting started! Planning and collaboration will continue as we add new programs and services that meet your needs.
History of Corktown Health Center
The idea of developing an LGBTQ focused primary health care center began five years ago in a strategic planning session with the board of directors of the Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP) in Detroit. After thirty years of providing services to thousands of persons living with HIV, it was clear that more needed to be done to address the lack of primary care that is focused on the LGBTQ community. Unlike other metropolitan areas, Southeastern Michigan lacked an agency that was committed to the health of the LGBTQ community.
The HELP board committed its financial reserves and sought the assistance of new donors to help acquire and renovate the building where it had been housed for ten years. Formal collaborations were established which draw upon the vast academic and healthcare resources in our region. Our numerous discussions with other LGBTQ health centers, funders, government agencies, stakeholders, and researchers have helped solidify our belief that this region is long overdue for a place like Corktown Health Center. Read our Vision Report for a summary of our community conversations.
We have nearly completed interior renovations including nine exam rooms, a pharmacy, and plenty of staff space. While the outside of our building lacks any curb appeal at this time, we believe that when you step inside you will see we have taken great care to create a modern, attractive facility for our where you can receive high quality medical services in a culturally affirming environment.