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Welcomes New CEO - Detroit Heath Care Executive Joins State Association

Thursday, June 09, 2016  
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Lansing, MI­­, June 9, 2016–– Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan, announces Loretta V. Bush as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Bush joins MPCA with more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in health and human services, government and nonprofit organizations. She has extensive experience in addressing the complex health issues of the uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable populations.

“We are honored to have Loretta join the MPCA team,” said Denise Crawford, MSW, MBA, MPCA Board Chair and President and CEO for Family Health Center, Inc. “Loretta has   deep expertise in addressing the needs of the medically underserved in Michigan in   public health, population health, policy development and advocacy.  Loretta is an accomplished leader and on behalf of the MPCA Board of Directors, we look forward to her leading MPCA and Michigan Health Centers into the future.”

Most recently, Bush served as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer for the Detroit-based Institute for Population Health (IPH) where she provided oversight to clinical, behavioral health and dental services, a school-based health center as well as community-based health promotion programs and home visiting initiatives.  Prior to IPH, Bush served as a Group Executive for Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and the Department of Human Services and as the Director of Public Health/Health Officer for the Wayne County Department of Public Health. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of the MPCA team and look forward to working collaboratively to advance the overall health of the residents in the State of Michigan,” said Bush. “It is imperative in today’s health care environment to close the disparities gap and enhance services to effectively serve the entire population, and Health Centers play a key role in providing services through an integrated service model of care for medically underserved populations.”

Bush, who is on a self-exclaimed lifelong mission to protect and improve the health status of Michigan residents adds, “In order to effectively manage population health, key issues impacting the social determinants of health must be identified and successfully addressed. Weaving population health into primary care is at a critical point in time, when service providers are moving from pay-for-volume to pay-for-performance. Health Centers have a strong history of developing innovative care solutions and continue to innovate in such areas as behavioral health integration, workforce development and health information technology.”

In addition to her leadership and management experience, Bush’s public and population health background lead her to develop a curriculum for HIV/AIDS prevention and care and then to Ethiopia, where she trained Ethiopian officials on methods to help stem the HIV/AIDS public health crisis on the African continent.

Bush has received numerous awards for her dedication, leadership and service in the field of health care including the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports for Promoting Active Communities; the Harriet Tubman Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Women; Outstanding and Innovative Leader in the field of HIV/AIDS Education, and a special tribute from the State of Michigan for the work of the Institute for Population Health. In addition, Bush was a recipient of a John B. Waller Award, an award named after the founder of Detroit Community Health Connection, an FQHC serving Wayne County.

Bush previously served on the Western Wayne Family Health Center Board of Directors, Greater Detroit Area Health Center Community Health Improvement Committee and the University of Michigan School of Public Health Practice Advisory Council and is a member of the American Public Health Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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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 or call 517.381.8000.





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