Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc.

(231) 947-1112

10767 Traverse Highway (M-72 W)
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

A Brief History

In Michigan, agriculture is a 6 billion dollar a year industry, second only to the auto industry. The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers that have traveled to Michigan to work in the fields and orchards of our communities make up the largest percentage of it's work force. Historically, because of language barriers and other circumstances, these workers faced greater challenges than the general public in accessing health care. Because of this disparity in health care access, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. was established in 1968 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing primary health care and preventative care to Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers in a compassionate manner.

In 2010, faced with the fact that Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers were not alone in their struggle to access health care, but among tens of thousands of uninsured or under-insured people and families in Michigan, NMHSI committed to the expansion of it's services to all of the area's under-served population. The Mission and Vision of the organization was updated to reflect the organizational shift and expansion of services.

Building A Bridge to Better Health

A growing number of residents in our community need access to affordable health care services. In our neighborhoods, uninsured individuals and families who live in poverty often have special health needs. Many suffer from a disproportionate share of occupational health risks, as well as disparities in chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, poor oral health, and malnutrition. Access to medical and dental care is often difficult in rural communities, given the limits of public transportation, few bi-lingual professionals, poor access to medical specialists, and eligibility barriers to social support programs.

NMHSI operates three primary care clinics in Traverse City, Bear Lake-Onekama, and Shelby, Michigan. An array of medical, dental, and behavioral health services are provided. NMHSI's dedicated staff works closely with community organizations to coordinate comprehensive health care services in an efficient manner. Screenings and well-child examinations are conducted throughout the service region at Migrant Head Start and Migrant Education Programs. Clinical staff and outreach teams educate patients about health risks and prevention, empowering both adults and children to participate in their own health management. Medical interpreters are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to help reduce language barriers and aver poor health outcomes that are attributable to communication failures. Each year, NMHSI clinics provide quality health care services through over 16,000 patient visits. A sliding fee scale provides discounts for low income households and ensures that services are affordable.

Our Mission

“To provide quality medical and dental primary care services to persons of all ages in Northwest Lower Michigan in a culturally appropriate manner.”

Who We Serve

NMSHI's seven county service area includes:

  • Antrim
  • Benzie
  • Grand Traverse
  • Leelanau
  • Manistee
  • Mason
  • Oceana

Client Demographics

  • 75% are best served in a language other than English.
  • Over 83% of NMHSI patients are Hispanic/Latino.
  • 73% belong to a migrant family.
  • 27% reside year round in our service area.
  • Over 30% are children (16 and younger).
  • 54% are women, 46% are men.
  • A large majority of NMHSI clients live in poverty.
  • 67% of patients are uninsured.

Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. (NMHSI) welcomes anyone seeking health care, regardless of their income, occupation, age, ethnicity, or country of origin. Since 1968, NMHSI has provided culturally appropriate primary medical and dental care, serving 7 counties in Northwest Lower Michigan. NMSHI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity and is currently one of only 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Michigan.