MPCA Receives Health Innovation Grant to Expand Reach of Community Health Workers
Monday, January 5, 2015
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently announced $1.34 million to 44 health innovation projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of health services in Michigan. MPCA in collaboration with the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance is receiving $35,000 to develop and implement a business plan for establishing a Community Health Worker (CHW) certification in our state, and for the financing and long-term planning for incorporating these front-line workers into the health care team. This will increase access to care, assure the care that is delivered is meeting the needs of Michigan’s communities and residents, and allow primary care providers to focus on providing medical care.
“Michigan Primary Care Association is greatly appreciative to receive the Health Innovation Grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. We are honored to be a part of this opportunity to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Michigan’s primary care delivery system, while also reducing health care costs and addressing the growing shortage of primary care providers,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, MPCA.
"CHWs have a unique and critical role in the health care system. Since these individuals serve the communities in which they live, they have a deep knowledge of the health care and social service needs of their neighbors. This also earns them trust, making the education and care coordination they provide highly credible and capable of impacting the social determinants of health. Through the work of CHWs, people learn how to take charge of their health and live healthier lives, and how to use primary care services appropriately."
Click here to access the Michigan Department of Community Health’s press release. Click here for a list of all 44 award winners, which also includes Health Delivery, Inc., one of Michigan's 40 Health Center organizations represented by MPCA.