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There are many uses for data and statistics by Health Centers, and Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is committed to helping current and prospective Michigan Health Centers utilize data in meaningful ways to advance the Health Center mission.

One of the most important applications of data is to support the expansion of Health Centers and patient access to care. To this end, data is used for community development, operations optimization, and policy advancement. Relative to community development, MPCA provides support through community needs assessments, which are not only a requirement for Health Centers, but are also integral to helping communities determine where new Health Center capacity should be created. In this light, MPCA collects and analyzes data to effectively portray need and to help maximize federal grant application scores for Michigan communities. Additionally, MPCA provides Uniform Data System (UDS) analyses for Michigan Health Centers, which provides Health Center leaders with valuable information regarding where their organization’s operations stand relative to local, state, and national benchmarks. Finally, MPCA utilizes data to support advocacy, enabling us to objectively advance and influence policy that affects Health Centers and access to care.


Data & Statistics Resources

Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Behavioral Health Integration Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Data and Statistics Resources webpage.


Customized Community Needs Assessment

MPCA provides individualized support in creating a customized community needs assessment for the purposes of community development and strategic planning. This spans a collection of community specific data that includes both primary and secondary sources. Community specific maps can also be created that highlight factors such as income, insurance status, Health Center penetration, location of Health Centers and other safety net providers, and federal shortage designations.

  • Local Public Health Departments are a great additional resource to help with community needs assessments. To find a local Public Health Department in your area, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Local Health Department Map tool
  • For further inquiries about local Public Health, visit the Michigan Association for Local Public Health


Maps allow one to see data portrayed in a geographical manner. This affords the ability to view where resources and need are dispersed throughout the state. As a result, this offers one a better visualization of how the data is affecting local communities. To view a variety of maps that can be used to visually demonstrate a range of data points, visit the Data and Statistics Maps webpage.


More Information

Joe Tran, MPH
Program Specialist, Health Center Operations



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