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February 18,  2016
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MPCA Staff Member Accepted into 2016 Community Health Center Executive Fellowship

Congratulations to Shannon Lijewski for being accepted into the 2016 Community Health Center Executive Fellowship program. The program is designed to prepare individuals for management positions in Community Health Centers. Students expand their knowledge and develop professional skills necessary to respond to the dynamic challenges that exist in the community health environment.

"I am very excited to take part in this unique opportunity," mentions Lijewski, a program specialist with the Michigan Primary Care Association. "It is a unique opportunity to work with a group of fellow Health Center professionals and take a deep dive into the daily work of Health Center CEO's."

The Community Health Center Executive Fellowship program is part of the Community Health Center Leadership Development Institutes (LDI)available across the country made possible through the National Association of Community Health Centers and State/Regional Primary Care Associations. For additional information on LDI available from the National Association of Community Health Centers, click here.

Webinar Focused on Becoming a Brand Ambassador for Your Health Center Scheduled

What is your Health Center brand? Is it your logo? Is it your tagline? Is it a feeling? Is it your location? When you call reporters, do they know your name? When you talk to members of your community, what do they think about your Health Center? Do they know what you do - truly understand a Community Health Center? A brand can be all of these, but most important, a brand evokes an emotional appeal in regards to recognition of a name.

Join the Michigan Primary Care Association for a webinar on March 22, 2016, at 11 am ET and learn how to position your Health Center brand and build ambassadors to deliver consistent, effective messages to enhance your brand recognition and overall awareness and outreach in the communities you serve. Whether you focus on communications, advocacy, fundraising, operations, outreach and enrollment or member of a Health Center board, this webinar will provide you with information you can use!


Gud Marketing, a marketing firm based in Lansing, Michigan, will present "Becoming a Brand Ambassador for Your Health Center." During the webinar, you'll learn the importance to Health Centers, how to develop brand ambassadors and how to deliver a consistent, effective message when speaking to a patient, a community member, during fundraisers, at speaking engagements and more.


Each Health Center has a need to build awareness in the community it serves, and Health Center staff, board members and even patients can be brand ambassadors. Attendees will be able to identify opportunities to communicate the value of your Health Center and how to integrate the Health Center brand into everyday activities.

The webinar is free, but attendees are asked to register in advance. Save the date - registration will be open soon.

UPDATE: Medical-Legal Partnerships: Integrating Legal Care into Health Care to Address Social Determinants of Health

In a recent edition of the eUpdate, we described the medical-legal partnership (MLP) model and Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) activities to explore and support this model in Michigan Health Centers. The model provides an innovative way to address social determinants of health by adding civil legal aid lawyers to the health care team.

To complement other upcoming opportunities to learn about MLPs, we have shifted the focus of MPCA’s webinar, Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Medical-Legal Partnerships in Michigan, which is scheduled for February 23 from 1 - 2 pm ET. In addition to providing a brief overview of the MLP model, we invite Michigan Health Centers to join us in learning about upcoming opportunities to lay the groundwork for launching MLPs in Michigan. These activities will include a launch webinar and data collection period involving both Health Centers and legal aid organizations, followed by a working meeting that brings both types of organizations together and to coordinate the statewide launch of MLPs in Michigan.

Please email Julie Tatko with questions or if you cannot attend the MPCA webinar but would like to stay in the loop on MPCA’s work to support the MLP model in Michigan Health Centers.  

Save the Date: 2016 Spring Quality Improvement Directors Conference

Save April 19, 2016 on your calendar for the 2016 Spring Quality Improvement Directors Conference. The day-long conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza West Lansing in Lansing, Michigan, from 9 am to 4 pm ET.

The speaker for the day will be Shannon Nielsen, from Centerprise, Inc., a leading consulting organization who has worked with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Primary Care Associations across the country to deliver subject matter expertise on population health strategies including Patient-Centered Medical Home transformation, electronic medical record optimization for operations, Meaningful Use and many more.

Meet with your colleagues from across the state to network and to share best practices.  Registration information and a detailed agenda will be coming shortly.  The target audience for this event is Directors of QI, Behavioral Health, Oral Health, and all 
clinicians including Chief Medical Officers, Nurses, Medical Assistants, Community Health Workers.  For more information, contact Simmi Isaac.

Save the Date: Payment Reform Readiness Training

Last fall, a survey was conducted on Michigan Health Center's readiness for payment reform. The self-assessment identified average readiness of Michigan Health Centers at a low basic readiness and the lowest average readiness in the financial and operational analysis domain indicating a high beginning/low basic readiness. A complete payment reform readiness summary can be accessed here.

As we continue to move forward to the advanced stage of payment reform readiness, Michigan Primary Care Association has a scheduled customized training on payment reform for March 29, 2016 at the Crown Plaza in Lansing, Michigan. Bailit Health, a consulting firm will perform the training. 

If you are a Michigan Health Center Chief Financial Officer, Finance Officer or Operations Officer, please save the date on your calendar! Registration will be open soon! 


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Michigan Colorectal Cancer Screening 80% by 2018 Workshop
February 22, 2016, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm ET
Comfort Inn, Lansing, MI

2016 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 8, 2016, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, MI

Webinar: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health through Medical-Legal Partnerships in Michigan
February 23, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET

Save the Date: Webinar - Branding Your Health Center: Becoming a Brand Ambassador
March 22, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Super Summit for Health Centers on Payment Reform
March 29, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2016 Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
Midland, MI

Save the Date: 2016 MPCA Annual Conference
August 14 - August 16, 2016
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, 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.



Governor Snyder Seeks Federal Waiver to Expand Medicaid Services in Flint

On February 14, 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder submitted a request to expand Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program for up to 21 years of age and women who are pregnant in Flint.

The request includes dedicating case managers to help Flint residents with coordinating primary care physicians and behavioral health providers, Medicaid health plans and others to ensure access to all necessary health services; providing nutrition support; and improving access to educational and social supports and services that may be available in the community to assist them with individual needs.Individuals eligible for coverage include anyone up to 21 years of age and are being served or were served by Flint's water system between April 2014 until a future date when the water is deemed safe as well as pregnant women and their future children will be eligible. 

The complete Medicaid Waiver can be accessed here. For the complete release from the State of Michigan, click here.

Synopsis of Governor Snyder FY 2017 Executive Budget Recommendations

The State budget season is upon us and Governor Snyder presented his FY 2017 Executive Budget Recommendations to a join meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on February 10, 2016.

Here is a synopsis of the budget as it would impact Michigan Health Centers. 

The Governor’s sixth budget recommendation continues to focus on best serving the residents of Michigan with two highly notable challenges in the Detroit Public Schools and Flint Water Crisis. These crises place additional burden on the state budget that has little room left for any cuts. Fortunately, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is not facing major cuts in the Governor’s budget recommendations, with the total MHHS budget weighing in at $24.71 billion, of which $4.35 billion general fund. Of that, more than 70% of the MDHHS budget is directed toward Medicaid programs and services. 

Starting in FY 2017, Michigan is required to begin contributing to the costs of operating the Healthy Michigan Plan. With the federal government continuing to pay 95% of the operating costs, the Governor’s recommendation includes the necessary state match of $108.7 million general fund to maintain the program. As for the overall Medicaid program, the Governor’s recommendation includes funding to maintain the current Medicaid caseload, totaling $1.82 billion general fund for physical health services. The Medicaid caseload for FY 2017 is projected at 1.65 million beneficiaries, which equals roughly one in five Michigan residents.

The Governor is also recommending the full expansion of Healthy Kids Dental in the final three counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Kent, adding an estimated 131,000 children to the program, ensuring all children under the age of 21 in Michigan have access to dental care. The additional funding totals $8.9 million general fund ($25.6 million gross), and brings the State’s total general fund support of the Healthy Kids Dental program to $69.7 million ($200 million gross).

The Governor’s recommendation includes an emphasis on beginning the process to better integrate mental and behavioral health services with physical health treatments, with the Governor including boilerplate language calling for the “carving in” of behavioral health benefits to the health plans by the end of FY 2017 (September 30, 2017).

Additional resources for Flint are included in the MDHHS budget recommendation, including funding for continuing programming to evaluate and assist those affected by the lead contamination and to dedicate resources for the longer term impacts. The MDHHS budget includes an additional $9.1 million general fund ($15.1 million gross funding) for Flint, specifically:

  • Nutritional services will be provided to ensure access to foods that can help mitigate the effects of lead in the body. Resources will be allocated through food banks, in coordination with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, Double Up Food Bucks and other existing nutrition programming ($4.7 million gross, $1.1 million general fund).
  • Additional funding to support Child and Adolescent health centers and additional Pathways to Potential staff in local schools to assist in providing children and their families a connection to the proper benefits and services that they need ($1.1 million gross, $949,500 general fund).
  • Direct appropriations to the local community mental health provider will allow for the coordination with other key local health providers ensuring that children with elevated blood levels are evaluated and guided to the appropriate medical care, including intensive therapies and crisis intervention as needed ($6.9 million gross, $5 million general fund).
  • Increased funding for lead investigations will support the evaluation of residences to determine the cause of lead exposure and to develop a plan for mitigation of lead ($1.5 million gross, $1 million general fund).

Additional information on the FY 2017 Recommended Budget can be found here.

Zika Virus Teleforum - Focus on Health Center Preparation

On February 16, 2016, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) sent notification of a Zika Virus Teleforum in their weekly NACHC Washington Update. Within the update, NACHC noted several health authorities and some Health Centers are fielding numerous queries from the public and media about the Zika virus and the threat it poses in the U.S.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52 travel associated Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the US and the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the US will likely increase.  To help Health Centers prepare and get the most up-to-date information possible, NACHC will host a TeleForum on February 24, 2016 from 12 pm to 1 pm ET. Representatives from CDC and Health Centers will share plans and resources.  Dial in: 1-877-229-8493; Use code 15035 to connect.

MDHHS Appoints Chief Medical Executive to Full-Time

Dr. Eden Wells has been appointed to a full-time position as the Chief Medical Executive with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS).

Dr. Wells has served as a full-time resource, as a part-time employee and this change is an accurate reflection of the work Dr. Wells conducts for MDHHS.

HRSA Launches New Nursing Health Workforce Model

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched a new web-based model to assist researchers and policy makers in projecting the nursing workforce.  

The Nursing Health Workforce Model will enable individuals to examine the future supply of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in relation to the demand for their services as well as explore alternative scenarios by modifying key parameters including graduation rates, attrition and retirement rates.

Users must register and create an account to use the tool, which can be completed through this link.

RFP Issued for Community Organizations Working to Improve Minority Health 

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to assist community organizations who are working to improve minority health.

The RFP seeks applicants working to facilitate and document community conversations related to health disparities and provide information on the history of National Minority Health Month, celebrated in February, the National and State Offices of Minority Health and then 10th Anniversary of Public Act 653. 

Minority-serving organizations, community and faith-based organizations, tribal organization, local health departments, Health Centers, hospitals, schools and other community-based entities are encourage to apply. 

Responses to the RFP are due by March 7, 2016. Additional information on the RFP can be accessed here.

The Health Center Impact - Stories of Community Building 

This new feature will highlight stories and events from Michigan Health Centers who are immersed into their communities and making a difference beyond health care. 

Imagine… a recent immigrant from Nigeria with two young boys and a new baby on the way being able to shop for needed household items and clothing for her children and herself.

Imagine… a woman raising her grandson being able to find items for her home as well as clothing for her and her grandson.

Imagine…a mom with her two girls locating a plethora of VHS tapes to watch as they have limited choices at the library and do not have cable or a DVD player.

When you imagine these scenarios then you can easily imagine where an event like this takes place…at a Michigan Health Center.

On February 13, 2016, Western Wayne Family Health Center (WWFHC) opened their doors for an invite only event to help fulfill the needs of their neighbors and patients of the Health Center. The second annual event was an idea from two staff members at WWFHC, Community Health Worker Octavia Smith and Licensed Master Social Worker, Jung Nichols. In their daily work, Octavia and Jung work closely with families who are in dire need of necessities and they wanted to do something to help. Invitations were created and sent to a select group of individuals and families who could come and shop for free.

WWFHC staff, who wanted to connect their gently used (or new) items no longer in use, to individuals who could use them, donated items to the event. The donated items included bikes, toys, household appliances, kitchen items, clothing, shoes, sheets, towels and more; and was twice the amount donated in 2015!

In addition to the donation of items, WWFHC staff volunteered their time to participate in the day and act as personal shoppers for attendees. Staff also brought along friends and family to assist. “One volunteer brought her young daughter with her to help at the event,” mentions Lisa Rutledge, Special Projects Manager at WWFHC. “The young lady not only helped attendees select clothes and toys to take home, but also donated clothes and toys she once wore and cherished herself.” Another staff member brought her fiancé with her who helped invited guests carry items to their cars.

WWFHC is looking to expand the event again and hope to make it more of a seasonal event rather than once per year. In addition, collecting men’s clothing and larger sizes for both men and women will be a focus for additional events. “Going forward, we will work to find donations to help cover these additional needs identified during the event so we can assist the family as a whole,” mentioned Rutledge

“The woman who was raising her grandson left in tears,” Rutledge recalls. “She hugged every one of the WWFHC volunteers before she left.”

Her response speaks volumes to the impact this has on attendees as well as lasting impact this event has on the volunteers.

Photos from the event can be found on WWFHC’s Facebook page.

If you have a story you'd like to share, please send an email to Alyssa Jones, Communications Manager.


More State & National News





Webinar: Expanding Behavioral Health Through Technology
February 23, 2016, 1 pm ET
Host: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Webinar: Important Updates of the 2016 American Diabetes Association's Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - Secrets of Success for the Health Care Team and Community Health Workers
February 23, 2016, 1 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: NDEP Hispanic/Latino Stakeholder Group

TeleForum: Zika Virus Teleforum
February 24, 2016, 12 pm - 1 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
Dial in Number: 877-229-8493; Passcode: 15035

Two-Part Webinar Series: Engaging Consumers into Advocacy: Lessons from Health Care for the Homeless Programs
February 24, 2016, 3 pm ET
Save the Date: April 6, 2016

Webinar: Exploring Midlevel Dental Providers for Michigan
February 25, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

Webinar: Using Technology to Enhance Addiction Treatment
February 25, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services - Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: Rural Health Learning Collaborative - Getting to Know Your Rural and Public Health Partners
February 29, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Organization of State Officers of Rural Health

Webinar: Value-Based Payment Readiness: A Self-Assessment Tool for Primary Care Providers, FQHCs and Behavioral Health Providers
March 3, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates and CohnReznick

Webcast: Using a Health Equity Model to Promote Environmental Approaches to Violence, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
March 8, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research

Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society Spring Conference
March 28, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm ET
Community Arts Auditorium, Detroit, MI
Host: Wayne State University

School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan Advocacy Day
April 27, 2016, 9 am - 4 pm ET
Central United Methodist Church, Lansing, MI

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma Informed Care
May 6, 2016, 8 am - 2 pm ET
Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI

More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: March 4, 2016

Social and Economic Development Strategies Program 

Funder: Administration for Native Americans
Due: April 6, 2016

System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements
Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Due: April 25, 2016


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