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MPCA eUpdate | February 25, 2016
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February 25,  2016
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Registration Now Open for Brand Ambassador Webinar

Registration is now open for Becoming a Brand Ambassador for Your Health Center webinar scheduled for March 22, 2016, from 11 am - 12 pm ET. Whether you focus on communications, advocacy, fundraising, operations, outreach and enrollment or a member of a Health Center board, this webinar will provide you with information you can use!

Attendees will 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.  

The webinar is free, but advanced registration is encouraged.

Mark Your Calendar - QI Directors Monthly Webinar Scheduled

Attention Quality Improvement Directors - The next monthly webinar, 2016 Immunization Schedule and Updates for Pediatric Population, is scheduled for March 9, 2016, from 11 am - 12 pm ET.

The webinar, hosted in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan State University (MSU) for an immunization update provided by MSU's Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization and MDHHS to learn about the recently released adult and pediatric immunization schedules.

The state of Michigan ranks 47th in the nation and only 65% of our children are fully vaccinated. Join us to learn more about how to address this problem, and to improve upon this important UDS clinical quality measure. Registration is now open! 

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

Webinar: QI Directors Monthly Meeting
March 9, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm ET

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.



Reminder: 340B Recertification Deadline Approaching

If your Health Center participates in the 340B program, the deadline to complete the annual 340B recertification is March 9, 2016. Additional information on the 340B program as well as a 340B recertification webinar, click here.

For questions or concerns related to recertification or any other 340B question, call 1-888-340-2787, email or visit

HHS Awards $500,000 in Funding to Flint Health Centers

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited a Flint Health Center, Hamilton Community Health Network. During her visit, Secretary Burwell was given a tour of the Health Center and also announced $500,000 in funding would be awarded to assist Hamilton Community Health Network and Genesee Community Health Center increase and expand activities in response to the lead contamination in Flint's water. The complete announcement can be accessed here.

Perinatal Oral Health Guide Released

Did you know, caries is a transmissible disease and mothers or other caregivers may unknowingly transfer bacteria to their children through the exchange of saliva? Or that research indicates a potential link between preterm birth and poor oral health? Since pregnancy is a critical period in which women may be more likely to adopt healthy behaviors, it is imperative oral health is prioritized by medical and dental professionals. 

The Oral Health Program with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has released a document to assist in prioritizing the oral health of pregnant women in Michigan. The guide, During Pregnancy, the Mouth Matters: A Guide to Michigan Perinatal Oral Healthis the result of collaboration of numerous statewide partners and the dedication of a diverse group of health care professionals. 

The resource document includes a customizable referral form, pharmaceutical recommendations, a checklist for a basic oral health screening, tear-out guidance for medical and dental professionals and much more! 

If you have questions or seek additional information on perinatal oral health and/or other oral health concerns, visit or email

Call to Action - Health Center Appropriations Letters

Earlier this week, the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) released a "Health Center Funding Dear Colleague" letter, a bi-partisan letter by Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Gene Green (D-TX) and the bi-partisan Senate letter led by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

By signing on to the letters, Members of Congress publicly show their support for Health Centers. The signatures received will influence how successful we are in securing funding for FY2017.  Click here to contact your Member of Congress and to view copies of both the Bilirakis-Green House Health Center Appropriations Letter and the Wicker-Stabenow Senate Health Center Appropriations Letter. 

The deadline to sign on to the House letter is March 19, 2016, and the deadline to co-sign the Senate letter is March 15, 2016. To check the most up-to-date list of co-signers and access supporting resources, refer to the Federal Affairs page of the NACHC website here.

Zika Virus Reported in Michigan 

According to a February 24, 2016 news release from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident.

The patient, an Ingham County female, contracted the virus when she traveled to a country where Zika virus is being transmitted. The patient presented symptoms upon return and is not pregnant.

MDHHS reminds Michigan residents traveling to warmer climates, or areas where Zika virus is present, to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, to consider postponing the trip.

For the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus, visit the CDC's website.

Children’s Dental Health Month Project Provides Education and Community Outreach for Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center celebrated the month by increasing awareness on the importance of oral health in their community.

CFCN believes a great life begins with a healthy smile and it was this belief that launched the Children’s Dental Health Month Project. “Good oral health is important to overall health and wellbeing.  “This project started six years ago simply to increase awareness on the importance of good oral health care for students in Cassopolis Public Schools,” mentions Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, CFCN. “We have now expanded the program to include Niles Community Schools and Niles Brandywine and with the expansion, provide free oral health kits to almost 6,400 kids. It’s a small gesture really, to give toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to children, but if it helps educate them on  taking good care of their teeth so they can be healthy, it is the right thing to do.”  

In 2016, each oral health kit included an age appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste, floss and information on the Federally Qualified Health Center. In addition, pre-K to 6th grade students received an activity book, stickers and bookmark from Crest to help provide education on the importance of brushing their teeth. In addition, students in 7th to 12th grade received an informational brochure on how to properly care for their teeth from Patterson Dental, a dental supply company.   

Distribution of the dental packs was completed by CFCN staff and Sparkleman, the Crest mascot, who visited the schools and created additional excitement. (Photos of the event can be found on CFCN’s Facebook page.)

The project has had many successes, but two specifically come to Middleton’s mind. “In 2015, a week after the dental packs were distributed, CFCN received personal phone calls from parents thanking us for putting the oral health kits together, and the second is the action that resulted from the distribution – appointments were made at the Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental and they are now seen on a regular basis.” 


More State & National News





Webinar: Federal Housing Policy and Lead Poisoning 
March 1, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Health in Public Housing

Webinar: From Zero to 60 - Medical-Legal Partnership Fundamentals & Strategies
March 2, 2016, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Administration Services

Oral Health Pregnancy Day
March 4, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm ET
Location: UDM Dental Clinic at University Health Center/Detroit Receiving Hospital
Hosts: University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University
RSVP By March 1 to 313-288-2314 or

Webinar: Substance Abuse Resources
March 16, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Administration Services

Webinar: Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
March 17, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

Save the Date: National Academy for State Health Policy Annual State Health Policy Conference
October 17 - 19, 2016
Pittsburg, PA
Call for Proposals: Due March 18, 2016


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Accelerating Value-Based Payment and Care Delivery in the Health Care Safety Net
Funder: National Safety Net Advancement Center (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Due: April 1, 2016


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