Corktown Health

Innovative Collaboration Fills Health Care Gap for LGBTQ Community in Michigan


(Detroit, MI) – Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP) is pleased to announce an agreement with Wayne State University and University Physician Group to collaborate with Corktown Health Center (CHC). This new affiliation will bring increased capacity, scale and resources to CHC’s operations.

As Michigan’s first nonprofit medical home dedicated to serving LGBTQ patients and their families, CHC and its affiliates will come together to:

  • Design and deliver medical services that address the health needs of LGBTQ persons
  • Develop and implement programing designed to mitigate health disparities in the LGBTQ community
  • Establish education and clinical training for medical students, residents and other health providers to deliver equitable, effective and patient-centered care for LGBTQ patients

“This important association will leverage the unique strengths of each organization,” said Teresa Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer at HELP/CHC. “It is an opportunity to harness these critical resources to serve the LGBTQ community in a way that’s never been done before.”

Opening in July 2017 in a newly renovated 24,000 square foot facility in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, CHC will initially provide primary care, integrated behavior health services, comprehensive HIV care and treatment, health insurance navigation and enrollment, and pharmacy services. In close collaboration with community members, CHC will consistently evolve and expand its programs and services.

“Corktown Health Center is important because we need a space where we can talk openly and honestly about sexual health and be affirmed.  Providing LGBTQ people with a medical space where they can be themselves will feel like Utopia,” said social worker and community member LaMar Thompson-Hightower.

About the stakeholders:

Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP) is a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers members of the community to manage their health needs.  Through innovative programs and services, HELP ensures individuals have access to resources that promote healthy, productive lives.  A subsidiary of HELP, Corktown Health Center is a primary care provider offering comprehensive, compassionate care to the LGBTQ community in a culturally affirming environment. CHC seeks to eliminate long-standing health disparities and promote equitable access to high quality health care services.

Wayne State University is an American public research university located in the Midtown Cultural Center Historic District of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering more than 380 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently Michigan’s third-largest university.

Wayne State University Physician Group is a tax-exempt nonprofit formed to support the educational, scientific and charitable purposes of the Wayne State University School of Medicine by conducting programs and providing clinical services to patients.


For further information, please contact Teresa Roscoe at 313-832-3300 or

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