Access to Health Care

Project Bismutha

The Chaldean Community Foundation in affiliation with the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals (CAAHP) provides free and low-cost medical services for uninsured Iraqi Christians through Project Bismutha. CAAHP’s compassionate-care of volunteer healthcare networks offers medical services with access to affordable prescription medication. Laboratory work is provided by Ascension Providence Hospital. Project Bismutha is open to eligible adult members of the Metro Detroit Iraqi Christian community who are:
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Medically uninsured
  • Meet the financial eligibility guidelines
  • Not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare
  • Legal residents of the United States

Available Services include:

  • Primary and preventative healthcare
  • Medication Access
  • Maintenance of chronic health challenges
  • Lab Services
For more information, visit or call 586-722-7278.  

Project Bismutha Provided:

in-kind services
$65,720 worth of in-kind services
Physician appointments
265 Physician appointments
Prescription values
2,226 Prescriptions valued in excess of $12,772
lab work
$27,765 Worth of lab work thanks to a generous grant from Ascension

Ascension Primary Health Outpatient Clinic

Connected to the Project Light offices at the Chaldean Community Foundation, the Ascension Primary Health Outpatient Clinic is associated with Ascension Medical Group. The clinic services include point-of-care labs, referrals, testing and vaccinations, as well as hospital resources like advanced imaging. If hospital admission is required, patients are taken to Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Staffed with an Office Manager, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, Medical Assistant and Front Desk Manager, the clinic is fully operational. Dr. Wafa S. Barkho, MD is the primary physician at the facility. She has over 35 years of experience, with a specialty in Family Medicine. She has worked in three different countries over her career and studied at the Baghdad College of Medicine and had her residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe. Currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (586) 738-9475.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program

The Chaldean Community Foundation is proud to assist clients and the greater community get the assistance they need to quit tobacco use and improve their health.

Program Goals
  • Increase awareness regarding health consequences of tobacco use and associated health risks.
  • Reduce youth accessibility to tobacco products.
  • Provide resources to assist people to quit tobacco use and promote healthier lifestyles.
Program Components
  • Offer Tobacco Counseling Services and Resources
  • Adult and youth tobacco, vaping, and hookah education.
  • Work with local physicians to provide additional education and information on tobacco cessation materials.
  • Promote an anti-smoking and anti-vaping media campaign.
  • Engage stakeholders to promote smoke free policies.
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  • Arabic Speaking Coaches
  • Nicotine replacement therapy for uninsured individuals and others
  • Medicaid Plans are required to cover all tobacco dependence treatment medications without: copay, prior authorization, step therapy, annual limits, or lifetime limits.
Additional Resources