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March 10,  2016
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MPCA 2016 Policy Priorities Announced

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) announced its policy priorities for 2016 during the 2016 Legislative Forum held on March 8, 2016. The three policy priorities are:

The priorities were developed by the MPCA Health Policy Committee and were unanimously approved by the MPCA Board of Directors and MPCA membership. The priorities are available on our website under Advocacy > MPCA Policy Priorities.

For additional information on the policy priorities, please contact Kim Sibilsky at or Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman at

2016 Spring Clinical Conference: Advancing Quality Utilizing Health Information Technology

On April 19, 2016, Michigan Primary Care Association will host the first annual Spring Clinical Conference. The speaker for the day will be Shannon Nielson from Centerprise, Inc., a leading consulting organization who has worked with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Primary Care Associations across the country to delivery subject matter expertise on population health strategies including Patient-Centered Medical Home transformation, electronic medical record optimization for operations, Meaningful Use and many more.

The Spring Clinical Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West from 8:30 am to 4 pm ET. Registration for this conference is now open! For additional information on this event, please contact Simmi Isaac at

Mark Your Calendar: 340B Network Meeting Scheduled

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) will host a Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting on April 28, 2016, at the MPCA office in Lansing. The meeting provides a forum for Michigan Health Center pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and personnel who work with contract pharmacies to share and discuss pharmacy best practices.

The meeting registration and agenda will be available soon, but for now, save the date and time, 9 am - 4 pm ET, for the 340B Network Meeting.

Health Centers Selected for the Health Systems Change for Treating Tobacco Dependence in Dental Clinics

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) have partnered to provide customized technical assistance to a select number of Michigan Health Centers with the goal of reducing tobacco use among patients as part of the Getting to the Heart of the Matter in Michigan grant titled Health Systems Change for Treating Tobacco Dependence in Dental Clinics. 

The project is designed to support Health Centers in delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependency treatment, improve processes for referral and tracking while optimizing workflow, and health IT.  A total of six Health Centers will take part of this exciting project. 

MPCA will implement the project in two phases with three Health Centers per phase. This will give us an opportunity to start small, creating the best environment for success. The first cohort will start in March 2016 and the second will start in August 2016. The first cohort includes Muskegon Family Care, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., and Western Wayne Family Health Centers. The second cohort includes Advantage Health Centers, Baldwin Family Health Care, and Hackley Community Care Center. 

Webinar Focused on Building & Strengthening Relationships Next Week

The Michigan Primary Care Association is hosting a webinar, Building and Strengthening Collaborative Relationships on March 16, 2016, from 10 am - 11 am ET. The webinar, planned for the Health Center Board Member Network is a great opportunity for any Health Center staff member to gain knowledge and discuss the importance of collaborative relationships.

Dr. Dennis Means, CMO, Family Health Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo and Lisa Rutledge, Special Projects Manager at Western Wayne Family Health Centers, will join us to share their experience in building and developing collaborative relationships over the years. In addition, Jane Powers, Vice President of Public Sector Consultants will facilitate discussions and help members to gain a better understanding of ways to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.

All are welcome to attend the free webinar, but advanced registration is required. Please be sure to register

MPCA 2015 Annual Report Released

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) 2015 Annual Report is now available. The report contains an overview of highlights from Michigan Health Centers and MPCA. The report is available on our website.

If you would like hard copies mailed to you, please send an email with number of copies requested to Alyssa Jones at


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CHW Cancer Project Training
March 15, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Webinar: Building and Strengthening Collaborative Relationships
March 16, 2016, 10 - 11 am ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI

Health Homes Coordinator Network Meeting
March 21, 2016, 9 am - 4 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

2016 Spring Clinical Conference: Advancing Quality Utilizing Health Information Technology
April 19, 2016
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.



Providers Must Attest to 2015 Program Requirements by March 11, 2016

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

To attest to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015:

  • Eligible Professionals may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 days from the start of the 2015 calendar year (January 1, 2015) through December 31, 2015.
  • Eligible Hospitals/CAHs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 days from October 1, 2014 (the start of the federal fiscal year) through December 31, 2015.

For assistance with attestation, please review the following CMS resources:

Additional information can be found on the Registration and Attestation page on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

Medicaid Expansion in Flint Approved

On March 3, 2016, Flint residents were approved for expanded Medicaid coverage after the federal government approved Governor Snyder's request to expand coverage to pregnant women and individuals under 21 after the discovery of lead contaminated water. Read more.

March Health Awareness Events

During the month of Marc, there are several health awareness events to help create additional awareness of your Health Center, patients and community impact. The following are awareness events observed by both the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Michigan Primary Care Association.

Take note of the following:

Women's History Month

National Nutritional Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 13 - March 19, 2016

Diabetes Alert Day: March 22, 2016
Every year on the fourth Tuesday in March, the diabetes community issues a 1-day wake-up call to alert people to the seriousness of diabetes, especially when left undiagnosed or untreated. Take the diabetes risk test to find out if you - or someone you love-are at risk for type 2 diabetes. 

National Doctors Day: March 30

If you host an event, have a staff activity, launch a Health Center project around these observances, please send your information, photos, etc. to Alyssa Jones.

Reminder: Health Center Appropriations Letters Deadline Approaching

As a reminder, 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), last month.

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 quickly approaching, March 19, 2016, and the deadline to co-sign the Senate letter is even closer,  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.

Do You Provide Innovative Solutions to Overcome Transportation Barriers?

If so, then the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) wants to hear from you!

NACHC is helping the Institute of Medicine and the Transportation Research Board plan a workshop that would examine explore the relationship between transportation and health care, as well as develop strategies for measuring improvements in health and health care savings.  

As a result, NACHC is seeking urban and rural examples of Health Centers with inventive means for helping patients obtain needed care – whether that care is at the Health Center or elsewhere.  In addition, they are seeking examples of Health Centers who collaborate with different entities, such as transportation agencies and private partners. Emphasis on how the need for transportation services were measured as well as how the program impact was tracked. 

If you have an innovative solution, email your story to

Advocacy Centers of Excellence Program

On March 23, 2016, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will kick off a new initiative - the Advocacy Centers of Excellence (ACE) Program. The intention of the program is to build advocacy infrastructure and capacity on the ground, so Health Centers are ready to act on issues impacting Health Centers at the local, state, and federal levels. The launch webinar will kick off at 2 pm ET - register by clicking here.

ACEs demonstrate ongoing commitment to advocacy and have achieved certain measures of advocacy success. There are three achievement levels: bronze, silver, and gold. Health Centers must complete a checklist to apply and will receive national recognition for their work as well as support from NACHC advocacy staff. 

Blueprint for Health Innovation Regions Announced by MDHHS

On March 9, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services announced the five pilot regions for the Blueprint for Health Innovation.

The identified regions are: Jackson County; Muskegon County; Genesee County; Northern Region; and the Washtenaw and Livingston counties area. Final boundaries will be determined after working with partners to target investments and impact. Additional development will begin this summer across the five regions over the three-year project period.

The Blueprint for Health Innovation will focus on transforming service delivery and payment models by focusing on patient and family-centered health homes; coordination and accountability of the medical neighborhood; a care-bridge to behavioral health and long-term care; and integration between and among health care and community resources, including the Pathways community hub model. Michigan’s model recognizes that better health requires a comprehensive approach involving safe and healthy communities, workplaces, homes and lifestyles.

Michigan received $70 million in federal funding for the next four years to support innovative health care system enhancements that benefit families from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Michigan’s plan, the Blueprint for Health Innovation, is the final product of the State Innovation Model planning process involving partners in the health care and business communities. Read more.


More State & National News





Webinar Series: Preventive Medicine and Public Health Issues
March 11, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Webinar: Introducing a Food Access Survey
March 15, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Webinar: Mandala Self-Expression Method for Adolescents
March 16, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: School-Based Health Alliance

Webinar: Proposed Changes to the Substance Use Privacy Rules - Overview and Discussion with State Policymakers
March 17, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Academy for State Health Policy

Webinar: Real-Time Clinician Consultation Services for Substance Use Management
March 18, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Hosts: Health Resources and Services Administration - ORO Region IX, Clinician Consultation Center at San Francisco General Hospital

Webinar: National Launch of Advocacy Centers for Excellence Program
March 23, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webcast: BPHC All-Program Webcast (link for day/time of webcast)
March 23, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Webinar: Healthy People 2020 - Oral Health
March 24, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Healthy People 2020
Webinar: How State Public Health Can Invest in Healthy Communities to Improve Population Health
March 24, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

2016 Population Health Forum
March 28, 2016, 8 am - 12 pm ET
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, MI
Host: Authority Health

Webinar: Telehealth - Changing the Delivery and Education of Today's Health Care
March 31, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: Working with Interpreters in Healthcare Settings
April 6, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Community Health Partners for Sustainability

Save the Date: Webcast - HHS Health Equity Forum "Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation"
April 7, 2016, 1:30 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Webinar: Protecting Farmworkers - Revised U.S. Environment Protection Standard
April 13, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

2016 Michigan Rural Health Conference
April 21 - April 22, 2016
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI

National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships
May 25 - 27, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

Save the Date: 2016 Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Fall Regional Immunization Conferences
October 11, 2016 - Marquette
October 13, 2016 - Gaylord
October 225, 2016 - Flint Township
October 27, 2016 - Troy
October 28, 2016 - Dearborn
November 15, 2016 - Kalamazoo
November 16, 2016 - Grand Rapids
November 18, 2016 - Lansing
Host: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: March 15, 2016

Micro-Funding Opportunity for Outreach and Enrollment Efforts
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: April 8, 2016

Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
Funder: Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: April 18, 2016

Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program
Funder: Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: April 21, 2016

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Innovations in Rural Heath Awards
Funder: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Due: April 29, 2016

Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Program
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: May 5, 2016

Life Course Research Network 
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: May 17, 2016

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: August 3, 2016

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations
Funder:  U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: August 24, 2016


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