MPCA Applies for Grant Funding from Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) was among 11 Michigan organizations that recently submitted a competitive grant application to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
The Fund was created last year by state legislation allowing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to convert into a nonprofit mutual health insurer. The Fund will receive $1.56 billion over 18 years from BCBSM; it received the first payment of $100 million in April.
Should MPCA's application be selected for funding it will use the dollars to help hire, train, and integrate more than 30 Community Health Workers into teams at Michigan Health Centers. The Fund's board of directors is expected to approve between $25 million and $50 million in grants to at least six and up to 11 health organizations when it meets on October 20.
Meanwhile, the Fund's board of directors continues to host listening tour sessions across the state. The next sessions will take place October 14 in Traverse City, October 20 in Detroit, and November 21 in Grand Rapids. The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for Michigan residents and representatives of health-related organizations to learn about the Fund and share health issues they are facing. Click here for more information and to register to attend a listening tour session.