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Health centers have a critical role in patient and community education, outreach, and health navigation/coordination. There are a multitude of current and upcoming opportunities for health centers to expand or enhance services providing community-based linkages. Michigan health center staff have the knowledge and skills needed to help patients and communities address barriers and social determinants of health. Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), in turn, assists health center staff through technical assistance, training, peer communication network facilitation, resource development, and best practices sharing.

Join the MPCA Monthly Enabling Services Newsletter!

Stay informed of new resources and supports, by subscribing to the Enabling Services eNewsletter. Subscribers will receive a bi-weekly e-newsletter with important national, state, and local enabling services news, upcoming training and education opportunities, new reports and data resources, funding opportunities, and much more! If you are interested in receiving the Enabling Services eNewsletter, please send a message to Jaspreet Malhotra at


Apply for the MPCA Community Health Worker Certificate Program Scholarship!


MPCA established the Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate Program Scholarship to assist member health centers to financially support current CHWs who have attended or will be attending a Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance sponsored CHW Certificate Program in 2017. The scholarship is intended for the cost of training and/or travel expenses which will be reimbursed after successful completion of training. A copy of the training certification of completion must be submitted to MPCA for release of funds. Please click here for more scholarship details!


Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE)


There are numerous households that United Way calls ALICE – an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households have incomes above the Federal Poverty Level, but still struggle to afford basic household necessities. The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of ALICE households.

The Michigan Association of United Ways released an updated ALICE Report this year. The 2017 ALICE Report focuses on what has changed in Michigan since the first United Way ALICE Report that was published three years ago. The report continues to provide a rich data set for counties statewide, utilizing updated national and state datasets.

Nancy Lindman, Interim CEO of Michigan Association of United Ways, recently presented on a webinar that provided an overview and highlight key aspects of the updated ALICE report on June 9. The a recording of the webinar and pdf of the presentation are now available!


Background, Research and Resources


The MPCA Enabling Services team maintains two online toolkits aimed at providing health centers with policy information, resources, program planning tools, and templates needed to successfully launch and grow community health worker and outreach and enrollment programs. Click the icons below to view toolkit resources and information! 




Click here for archived enabling services trainings and resources!


Upcoming Enabling Services Events



Cultural Competency Resource Guide Spotlight Webinar Series: Achieving Behavioral 
Health Equity in Criminal Justice System Reform Using a Cultural Competency Lens

Sponsored by the Southeastern Health Equity Council

July 24, 2:00 pm.m-3:00 p.m. ET


Outreach Workforce Development Webinar Series

Sponsored by North Carolina Community Health Center Association and Health Outreach Partners

July 26, Organizational Self-Care

August 9, Effective Outreach Strategies for People Experiencing Homelessness

August 23, Outreach to the LGBT Community

All webinars: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET


Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid

Sponsored by Community Mental Health of Clinton, Eaton, & Ingham Counties

ADULT Mental Health First Aid

July 26th 2017, Lansing, MI

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid

September 27, Lansing, MI


Medical Legal Partnership 101 Office Hours

Sponsored by National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

July 26, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET


"From Planning to Implementation: Fine -Tuning Your Social Needs Strategy"

Sponsored by Health Leads

July 29, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET


Tenth Annual Community Health Worker Conference

Sponsored by Spectrum Health

August 24, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET

Grand Valley State University – Eberhard Center

Grand Rapids, 49504


Save the Date: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Second Annual Conference

Sponsored by AARAP, The Atlantic Philanthropies, RWJ Foundation, and Camden Coalition

November 15-17

Los Angeles, CA


Silent Crisis Convenings; Health, Access to Care, and Immigration

Sponsored by Health Outreach Partners

July 20, Wenatachee, WA

August 17, Central Valley, CA

Contact Christina Mestas


MI Bridges Training Webinars

July 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

August 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

September 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

October 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

November 17, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

December 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET


Michigan Community Health Worker Certificate Program Opportunities

August 30 to November 29, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Grand Rapids, MI

Click here for registration information!

How to reach us:

Julie Tatko, Director of Operations & Enabling Services



Jaspreet Malhotra, Enabling Services Manager



Brittani Barkley, Outreach Specialist



Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) federal grant program titled "State and Regional Primary Care Associations” allows MPCA to provide technical assistance and support to Health Centers in Michigan and is 100 percent funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,186,260.00 .

MI Bridges Training (Traverse City)

August 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET

MI Bridges Training (Traverse City)

August 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET

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