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HHS Office of Minority Health awards Arbor Circle $1.78m in federal funding over 5 years to support re-entry programs

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Arbor Circle among the seven organizations to receive federal grant funding under a new grant program, the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program. Arbor Circle will receive $356,000 to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities.

Through this program, Arbor Circle will work to connect the re-entry population to community-based organizations that provide links to health care, including behavioral health care services, health care coverage, and social services such as housing, adult education, and employment assistance programs.

“Arbor Circle is an important partner in working with the HHS Office of Minority Health to address the barriers to obtaining services that improve the health outcomes for minority and disadvantaged young adults in transition from jail to their communities,” said Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the HHS Office of Minority Health.

Grantee projects will demonstrate the effectiveness of multiple stakeholders within the public health system working together to implement a model transition process for the formerly incarcerated. The goals of the RE-LINK program are to improve coordination among the criminal justice, public health, social service and private sectors to address health care access for the re-entry population; reduce health disparities experienced by this population; increase access to needed public health, behavioral health, and social services; and reduce recidivism.

“Expanding awareness and services available for young men of color is timely and necessary in our community,” stated Arbor Circle’s Director of Inclusion and Equity Enid Gaddis. “We are excited to be working with our community partners to create real change for all those served through the program.”

In addition to collaborating with the Kent County Correctional Facility and Office of Community Corrections, Arbor Circle will partner with: Grand Rapids Urban League, Criminal Justice Chaplaincy, Cherry Street Health Services, Network 180, Health Net of West Michigan, Hope Network, Steepletown Neighborhood Services, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, and Research and Evaluation Associates.

Read the full press release here- Arbor Circle Press Release_Relink Grant Announcement.pdf