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January 14,  2016
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Registration Open for 2016 MPCA Legislative Forum

Registration is now open for the 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Legislative Forum. Please join us on March 8, 2016, for the annual event and learn about current state policy and the legislative environment as it pertains to health care. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with State Legislators and their staff about MPCA's policy priorities for the year as well as build and nurture relationships with State Legislators. 

Several pre-Legislative Forum activities will take place on Monday, March 7 at the Radisson Lansing at the Capitol, including a Health Center Board Member Committee and Training meeting, MPCA Board Meeting, MPCA Membership Meeting and MPCA Membership Dinner.  Click here for more information and to register.

A pre-Legislative Forum conference call is scheduled for March 3 from 3 - 4 pm ET and all registered attendees are encouraged to call in to learn more about MPCA's 2016 policy priorities.

The deadline to reserve a room at the Radisson is February 22. 

**Correction** Michigan LGBTQ Health Summit Application Link  

In last week's eUpdate, Michigan Primary Care Association announced the Michigan LGBTQ Health Summit on June 13, 2016 with a save the date and a call for presentations. Unfortunately, the link to the application was incorrect.

If you would like to submit an application to be considered as a presenter, the application can be accessed here.  

As a reminder, all applications should be sent via email to Llekken Neal no later than February 26, 2016.

Reminder: Best Practices Data Collection

The Fenway Institute (Fenway) works to make life healthier for those who are LGBT, as well as individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and the larger community. Fenway is currently working on a project to identify best practices for collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data in clinical settings including nursing homes, long-term care facilities, Health Centers and hospitals.

This information will be used to develop training for providers and clinical staff serving Medicare beneficiaries on how to collect and use SO/GI data including any combination of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex assigned at birth (and possibly transgender status as well).

To assist Fenway in this research, the Michigan Primary Care Association is collecting the data. Please review and respond to this seven question questionnaire related to your Health Center's collection and processing of SO/GI data.

Completed questionnaires should be sent to Llekken Neal.

Sibilsky Elected to MPCC Executive Committee & Board

Michigan Primary Care Consortium (MPCC) recently held its Executive Committee and Board of Director elections.

is a multi-stakeholder, non-profit organization whose mission is to convene stakeholders to exchange knowledge facilitating the delivery of effective and efficient person centered models of primary care in Michigan. 

Kim Sibilsky, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association, was elected for a two-year term with MPCC Executive Committee as well as for a three-year term with the Board of Directors.

Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Increasing in Michigan FQHCs

As highlighted in last week's eUpdate, January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  As we continue to raise awareness in this area, the Michigan Cancer Consortium has identified cervical cancer screening as a priority in the 2016 - 2020 plan.

Specifically, their objectives are:

  • to increase the proportion of females and males ages 13-17 years who have received at least three doses of HPV vaccine from 24.2% females and 7.4% males to 80% (males and females);
  • to increase the proportion of females aged 21-65 who receive a cervical cancer screening (Pap test) in the past three years from 86.2% to 94.8%; and 
  • to decrease the mortality from cervical cancer from 2 deaths / 100,000 females to 1.8 deaths/ 100,000 females. 

To help spearhead these initiatives, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has partnered with Michigan Department of Health & Human Services in a cervical cancer screening project, with the objective to increase screening rates in Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers.

"This project utilizes the work of Community Health Workers, providing outreach to the community and also identifying internal opportunities to screen existing patients who may be 'falling through the cracks,'" according to Sara Koziel, MPCA Clinical Consultant and project lead. 

As this p
roject nears its first anniversary, and to date, participating Michigan FQHCs have increased their cervical cancer screening rates by an average of 57%. Koziel adds, "Prevention is truly the best intervention and thus far, the results have been incredible."  For more information on the Cervical Cancer Screening Project, contact Sara Koziel

Looking for Your Health Center Stories - February & March

Michigan Primary Care Association is looking for your Health Center stories! Every month, there is an opportunity to highlight the great projects and stories impacting Health Centers in Michigan and the communities we call home. 

As such, MPCA is looking for stories to highlight in February and March focused on the following awareness days observed by both MPCA and the National Association of Community Health Centers: American Heart, National Wear Red Day, Black History, Children's Dental Health, Women's History, Colorectal Cancer, Nutrition, Patient Safety Week, Diabetes Alert Day, and National Doctors Day.

Please contact Alyssa Jones, Communications Manager, MPCA, with your staff activities, Health Center projects, patient stories, etc. and we'll help tell and share your story!

Linkages Celebrates First Year 

It has been one year since Michigan Primary Care Association was awarded funds through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for the Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages) initiative, to hire, train, and integrate 30 Community Health Workers (CHWs) into primary care teams at 25 Health Center sites throughout Michigan. This project directly supports patients by sharing information and resources for accessing food, housing, social services, and counseling. Linkages CHWs also help monitor patients' health and increase accountability through individualized patient plans.

To date, participating Health Centers have enrolled over 1,000 patients into the Linkages program. CHWs administer two key assessments to patients to determine not only their unmet social, medical, and physical needs that could be affecting their health, but also to determine their level of ability to make a positive change. Using a patient-centered approach, CHWs have initiated almost 2,000 community referrals for their patients for food, clothing, housing, mental health needs, and more.

Additional information on the Linkages program can be found here. As we look to the future, MPCA is preparing to publish promising practices for integrating CHWs in team-based care as well as a CHW Toolkit.  Stay tuned! 

If you have any questions, contact Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, at 517.827.0882 or, Crystal Korpi, Program Specialist at, or Shannon Lijewski, Program Specialist at

MPCA Staff Promotions

Congratulations to Jaspreet Malhotra and Sara Koziel who have both been promoted.

Jaspreet has been promoted to Program Specialist and will work with both the Enabling Services and Clinical teams. In this position, she will provide training and technical assistance around health insurance coverage enrollment and other enabling services, as well as support maternal and child health program expansion, model transformation and quality improvement. Jaspreet can be reached at or at 517.381.0877.

Sara has been promoted to Clinical Consultant. In this position, Sara supports the expansion of integrated behavioral health services through technical assistance, training, facilitation of peer networks and advocacy. Her scope of work also includes several cancer screening and treatment programs utilizing CHWs, providing supports to Health Centers serving Migrant Agricultural Workers, people living homeless and Veterans. Sara can be reached at or at 517.827.0875.

Colorectal Screening Workshop Scheduled

Michigan Primary Care Association, along with partners from Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, American Cancer Society, University of Michigan and Great Lakes Gastroenterology will host a workshop to help Federally Qualified Health Centers in Michigan reach the goal of 80% colorectal cancer screening by 2018.

This one-day workshop will be held at the Comfort Inn Lansing on February 22, 2016. Registrants will learn about clinical issues surrounding colorectal cancer screening, work flow planning for your clinic using best practices, choosing the best screening kits, addressing barriers and patient outreach. Most importantly, registrants will be able to work with the Michigan CRC forum to create a work plan for their own clinic environment.

This is an opportunity you won't want to miss. Registration is now open!

Succession Planning Webinar for Health Center Board Members Scheduled

On January 20, 2016, a one-hour Succession Planning for Health Center Board Members webinar will be held. The webinar will focus on succession planning for the CEO as well as board leadership positions.

Julie Schmidt, Associate Vice President of Training and Technical Assistance, National Association of Community Health Centers, will provide better understanding of the succession planning process and provide tips on further tailoring and developing this for Health Center board members. The webinar is free, however, advanced registration is required.

More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Succession Planning for Health Center Board Members
January 20, 2016

Michigan Colorectal Cancer Screening 80% by 2018 Workshop
February 22, 2016
Lansing, MI

2016 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 8, 2016
Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: Michigan LBGTQ Health Summit
June 13, 2016
Bay City, MI


More MPCA Events


More Career Opportunities


MPCA posts job openings at Michigan Health Center Program grantees, Michigan FQHC Look-Alikes, and MPCA active member organizations. To submit a job opening for posting in the online MPCA Career Center and in the MPCA eUpdate, email the job title, a brief overview, a bulleted list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply to with Job Posting in the subject field.



Nominations for 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award Sought

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is accepting nominations for the 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.

This annual award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. 

For additional information on nomination criteria and to obtain the nomination form, click here

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Now Open

The 2016 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is February 25, 2016 (no later than 7:30 pm ET). There are two technical assistance webinars scheduled to assist with the application process. 

January 18, 2016, 2 - 4 pm ET or February 11, 2016, 7 - 9 pm ET

Additional information and guidance for the program can be found here.

Reminder: January 15 Deadline to Complete ECP Petition

As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid extended deadline to complete the Essential Community Provider (ECP) Petition is January 15, 2016. This petition is the list that Qualified Health Plans will use to ensure they are contracting with ECPs in the Marketplace. 

If you have not yet fully completed the ECP Petition, please do so by 11:59 pm ET on January 15, 2016.

Not sure if you’re done? Check to see if your Health Center is on this list of successfully registered Federally Qualified Health Centers - current as of January 9 at 5 pm.)  **Note** To be considered “completed” you must follow the whole process until you hit the “Submit Petition” button -- simply checking your information does not complete the process. 

If you need assistance with the petition, please see the CMS FAQs, use the “Need Help” button on the petition, or email your question to

340B Registration Window Closes January 15

New to the 340B Drug Discount Program? Need to add a new site or pharmacy location?  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs only accepts new registrations for the 340B Drug Discount Program four times a year - this registration window closes on January 15, 2016.

If approved, sites and pharmacies registered by January 15 will be eligible to participate in 340B starting on April 1, 2016.  If you miss this month’s registration period, the next opportunity is April 1 - 15, 2016.  

You can find more information on the process on the HRSA website here.

CMS Announces Funding Opportunity to Improve Community Linkages to Address Social Determinates of Health

The Accountable Health Communities Model is based on emerging evidence that suggests addressing health-related socials needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

Over a five-year period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will implement and evaluate a three-track model based on promising service delivery approaches. Each track features interventions of varying intensity that link beneficiaries with community services (from referrals to actual alignment).

CMMI will award a total of 44 cooperative agreements to successful applicants to implement the Accountable Health Communities model through one of the three tracks in partnership with state Medicaid agencies, clinical delivery sites, and community service providers.

For additional information on this opportunity, visit and/or attend one of the two informational webinars scheduled on January 21 from 2 - 3:30 pm ET and January 27 from 3 - 4:30 pm ET

Wanted: Increased Health Center Participation in Online Jobs Center

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Jobs Center is a free, online resource for Health Center Program award recipients and Look-Alikes who are approved NHSC sites can use to create a marketable profile and post job vacancies.

The profile allows you to include imagery, brochures, and videos to highlight your site and surrounding community. The Jobs Center is the only place job seekers can go online to look up vacancies by HPSA, site type, and geography. It averages more than 23,000 visitors each month and can be a key recruitment tool.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find health care providers who are looking for you -
complete your site profile today and start posting and marketing your job vacancies.

More State & National News





2016 State of the State Address
January 19, 2016, 7 pm ET

Webinar: Healthy People 2020: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators - Injury & Violence Prevention
January 21, 2016, 12 pm - 1 pm ET
Host: Healthy People 2020

Webinar: Medicaid and the "Free Care" Rule
January 21, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: The Network for Public Health Law

Webinar: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth - Providing Care, Protecting Confidentiality
January 26, 2016, 1 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: National LGBT Health Education Center

Michigan Association of School Nurses Annual Conference
May 12 - May 13, 2016
Mackinac Island, MI
Host: Michigan Association of School Nurses

2016 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium
May 31 - June 3, 2016
Portland, OR
Host: National Health Care for the Homeless Council

More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Oral Health Service Expansion
Due: January 19, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration 

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality & Retention - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practicums in Community Settings Program
Due: January 20, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Service Area Competition (June 1 Start)
Due: January 20, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality & Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration
Due: January 22, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Academic Units for Primary Care Training & Enhancement
Due: January 22, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Health Center Controlled Networks
Due: February 1, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program
Due: February 15, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration


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