Michigan Primary Care Association was pleased to be the recipient of a $1 million grant from The Kresge Foundation for a 3-year facility development project (2011-2014). MPCA is using the funding to provide technical assistance to Michigan Health Centers with special focus on the development of innovative capital development projects that will contribute to improved access and outcomes, significantly raising the health status of the medically underserved.
The Kresge Foundation and MPCA are working together and seeking collaborations with other foundations, organizations, agencies, and individuals to obtain resources to assist Michigan Health Centers in planning and financing needed facilities and capital projects. In an ongoing process to continue to raise the bar in innovation and improved outcomes, this collaboration seeks to support projects with these characteristics:
- Innovation in project design
- Green features (e.g. LEED)
- Community access and collaboration
- Special population consideration (meeting needs of medically underserved)
- Improved population health outcomes (planned metrics)
- Positively impact the social determinants of health (housing, environment, nutrition, employment. etc.)
The 3-year project is part of an overall strategy in which The Kresge Health Team helps create healthy environments and caring communities, and encourages emerging and promising practices with the goal of supporting innovative, cross-sector, interdisciplinary methods that address the cumulative impacts of social and environmental factors disproportionately affecting at-risk communities and their medically underserved populations.
MPCA/Kresge Project Goals
The overall goal of the MPCA/Kresge project is to assist Health Centers in developing capital projects that include the characteristics noted above and positively impact the health of the community in an effective, multi-factorial manner, and work with Kresge and other foundations to develop a pool of capital, program-related investments (PRIs) and other commitments to provide needed project financial assistance. In order to achieve this, substantial care will be given to developing projects that focus on the achievement of sustained improved health status of the community’s population, also known as "Signature Projects”. These projects will require community collaboration and support from community organizations, government organizations, and providers of the required funding and finance. In order to accomplish this, the following activities are planned and in-process:
- Maintain ongoing liaison with Kresge Foundation health program representatives
- Collect, aggregate and document the facility needs of Michigan Health Centers
- Collect documentation and develop presentations on the beneficial impact of Michigan Health Centers' health services (improved health status, quality care, lower cost)
- Collect documentation of the economic impact of Michigan Health Centers
- Provide information and educational opportunities in the planning, financing, and development of facility projects, webinars, presentations planning sources. etc.
- Encourage and facilitate the planning and documentation of proposed Health Center "Signature Projects” meeting Kresge Foundation program characteristics
- Facilitate an ongoing process of information collection and development of projects to be presented for possible funding
- Present information and develop relationships with foundations and funding sources, advocating on behalf of Michigan Health Centers and encouraging them to contribute to a pool of capital, program-related investments (PRIs), general and targeted commitments for the development of Health Center facility projects
- Present information and develop relationships with sources of project finance (banks, community development financial institutions, bonding authorities, loan guarantee programs etc.)
- Research and maintain information on potential sources of federal and state grant funding and integrated development programs providing opportunities for grants, and special district designations providing grants and preferred financing opportunities
- Develop working relationships with developers and builders with recommendation by the membership or with a preferred history of project development of Health Center appropriate facilities
- Maintain a library of capital development resources and contacts conveniently available on the MPCA website or by request of the members, and provide technical assistance as needed
See Kresge Initiative Links section in the Capital Development Document Library.
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Andrea Charlton, MPH, MSW, CHCEF
Community Health Planning Manager