The Michigan Primary Care Association formed in 1978 as the Michigan Association of Rural Health Care (MARHC), a networking organization of health centers and stakeholders interested in fostering primary care in rural underserved communities across the state. With the realization that urban communities also had great health care needs, the association broadened its scope to include urban Michigan communities as well. To better reflect this broadened scope, MARHC changed its name to Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), which incorporated in 1981. The members of MPCA recognized the benefit of a statewide advocacy organization as Health Centers faced the political realities of the impending Reagan years.
Today 44 Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for more than 650,000 Michigan residents at over 260 sites located in both rural and urban communities across the state.
MPCA offers three classes of membership—active, associate, and student. See the Organizational Member Types webpage for more information. For a list of current organizational members, visit the Members webpage.