Kalamazoo Health Center Leader Named Board President of Michigan Primary Care Association
Monday, September 28, 2015
Lansing, MI, September 28, 2015 – Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been named Board Chair for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association for Michigan Health Centers.
“It is an exciting time for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), having advanced from neighborhood and back-door clinics, to the largest health care delivery system for underserved individuals all across America,” states Crawford. “FQHCs have mastered the skill of delivering high-quality health care with dignity and compassion in a cost-efficient manner; we are a leading force in today’s health care environment. I am honored to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring and progressive individuals and look forward to serving as the Board President for the association representing Michigan Health Centers.”
Crawford earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has served as the President & CEO of Family Health Center since 2009 where her vision and fiscal management skills have increased health care access for the medically underserved in Kalamazoo county through securing several large federal and state grants including $9.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding and $1.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
Prior to 2009, Crawford served as Executive Director of Physician Services & Ambulatory Clinics in Dowagiac, Michigan and 17 years at Borgess Medical Center in various positions. In addition, she serves on the Board of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, the Jennings Development Interplex, KC Ready 4s and the Local Initiative Support Corporation.
Crawford received the gavel from Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, Advantage Health Centers, during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Ferguson served as MPCA Board President since 2013.
About Michigan Primary Care Association
For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.