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MPCA eUpdate | March 17, 2016
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March 17,  2016
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MPCA & MQIN Collaborate with GLPTN for Technical Assistance Program

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and the Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN) are pleased to announce the availability of a new, no-cost technical assistance program in Michigan offered through the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN).

Over the next three years, the GLPTN will support providers in preparation for upcoming health care mandates, effectively providing better patient care, at a lower cost, for better health outcomes. MPCA/MQIN believes this program shares our quality improvement goals and is in alignment with the existing efforts of the Health Center members to transform practices for new models of care.

At no cost to you, the GLPTN will provide a dedicated Quality Improvement Advisor (QIA) to work with you, on schedule, and at your pace. Your QIA will be a supplemental resource to enhance and support your Quality Improvement (QI) and reporting efforts, making it easier and more efficient for staff responsible for QI - freeing up time for their other responsibilities.

This collaboration wants to help you focus on what you do best - provide excellent patient care - and let the tools and resources help you stay ahead of health care transformation, and safeguard your revenue and reimbursement in the world of value-based payment. In addition, you will have opportunities for no-cost CME and MOC Part IV credits, access to a large library of national resources and more.

Spaces are limited - the GLPTN is only funded to work with 4,000 Michigan providers and all spots will be filled by the end of April. To begin the enrollment process for this exciting new program, please complete the Letter of Participation and email it to GLPTN Enrollment Coordinator, Brittany Henderson.

For more information, visit or email

MPCA Now Hiring

Do you have an interest in workforce development and advocacy? If so, check out this opportunity as a Workforce and Grassroots Advocacy Specialist with the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). In addition to serving in a lead capacity for the Association's workforce development activities, you will engage advocates in state and national policy matters.

MPCA is also looking for a Program Coordinator who will provide programmatic support including monitoring and reporting of various programs, dashboard development and tracking, as well as coordination of meetings, conference calls and various awareness campaigns. The applicant should have knowledge of community-based health care systems and the Michigan health and human services infrastructure.

Champion for the Medically Underserved Award Presented to Senator Hertel, Jr.

On behalf of Michigan’s 39 Health Center organizations, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) presented Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D – East Lansing) with a Champion for the Medically Underserved Award during its Legislative Forum held in Lansing on March 8, 2016.

This annual award recognizes leaders for their work to promote and protect affordable, quality health care for medically underserved populations in Michigan.

Senator Hertel, Jr. has long been a health care champion. Throughout his career, he has worked with multiple facets of government to serve the residents of Michigan – starting within the Department of Health & Human Services. Later, while on the Ingham County Commission, he focused on expanding access to health care in the community through the Ingham Health Plan. 

“We extend our deepest appreciation to Senator Hertel, Jr. for his commitment to advancing the health of medically underserved Michigan residents,” said Kim Sibilsky Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “He understands the complicated nuances of health care regulation and finance and utilizes his experience and relationships to work in a bipartisan fashion to advocate for Michigan’s health care needs." Currently, Senator Hertel, Jr. serves as the Minority Vice-Chair of the Health Policy Committee and is a member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations sub-committee.

In addition, Senator Mike Shirkey (R – Clark Lake) was presented with a special commendation for his continued Health Center leadership and support. “Senator Shirkey is, through and through, a dedicated health care advocate and longtime champion of the medically underserved,” said Sibilsky. “His leadership demonstrates support and focus on the growing demand of health care providers through support of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse scope of practice, the need to expand Medicaid through the Healthy Michigan Plan and the development of a promising dental mid-level profession.” Senator Shirkey, a 2014 recipient of the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award, currently serves as the chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee and as vice-chair for the Appropriations subcommittee for Community Health.

Sign Up to Receive the MPCA Enabling Services eNewsletter

To keep members informed of new resources and supports, Michigan Primary Care Association is launching a monthly Enabling Services eNewsletter. Subscribers will receive a monthly e-newsletter with important national, state, and local enabling services news, upcoming training and education opportunities, new reports and data resources, funding opportunities, and much more! If you are interested in receiving the Enabling Services eNewsletter, please send an email to Lydia Starrs.

Quarterly All User Group Webinar Scheduled

Please join Michigan Primary Care Association for the Quarterly All User Group Webinar: How to Query a Patient in MCIR through EHR. The hour-long webinar is scheduled for March 25, 2016, beginning at 11 am ET.

This webinar will be presented by staff from Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and will inform participants on new query technology available for provider offices to send queries to Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) through their electronic health record (EHR) systems. MCIR now has the ability to send a response back to an EHR that includes a patient's immunization history and forecast. This is a free webinar, but registration is required.  

Reminder: Brand Ambassador Webinar 

Everyone in your Health Center has the potential to serve as a brand ambassador. Whether you focus on communications, advocacy, fundraising, operations, outreach and enrollment, human resources, or a member of a Health Center board, Becoming a Brand Ambassador for Your Health Center will provide you with information you can use!

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.

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.  There is still time to register for this webinar, presented by Gud Marketing.

The webinar is free, but advanced registration is encouraged.

More News from MPCA



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

Webinar: Quarterly All User Group - How to Query a Patient in MCIR through EHR
March 25, 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

Pharmacy 340B Network Face-to-Face Meeting
April 28, 2016, 9 am - 3:30 pm ET
Michigan Pharmacists Association, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 
2016 Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
The H Hotel, 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.



HHS Awards $94 Million to Health Centers to Help Treat Substance Use, Over $3 Million to Michigan

U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced 
$94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 Health Centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance use services in Health Centers. The announcement, made on March 11, 2016, will focus on providing treatment of opioid use disorders, including heroin and prescription pain medication.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell in the HHS release. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in Health Centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”  In 2013, 4.5 million people in the U.S. were non-medical prescription pain relieve users and an estimated 289,000 were heroin users. In addition, HHS estimates the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medications has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2015 in the U.S.

In Michigan, ten Health Centers received funding via the Substance Use Services Expansion Grant totaling $3,439,383. With this funding, the Health Centers will be able to serve the needs of an estimated 30,000 residents who have reported a substance use disorder according to information available to the Michigan Primary Care Association via the 2014 Uniform Data System.  In addition, accidental overdose deaths involving opioids increased from 81 deaths in 1999 to 519 deaths in 2013 according to the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The ten Michigan Health Centers who applied for and received funding include:

Health Center Organization


Grant Amount

Alcona Health Centers



Cherry Health

Grand Rapids


Community Health& Social Services (CHASS) Center



Covenant Community Care, Inc.



Advantage Health Center



Family Health Center, Inc.



Genesee Health System



Health Delivery, Inc.



MyCare Health Center

Mt. Clemens


Western Wayne Family Health Centers



“This funding will enable Michigan Health Centers to continue to invest in providing patient-centered care to the residents of Michigan through the expansion of staff and available services,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Traditionally, patients who sought substance use treatment would receive a referral to another provider, outside of the Health Center. With the grant funding, Michigan Health Centers will be able to continue their investment in the communities they serve and grow their availability in providing integrated primary and behavioral services, all focused on the patient.” 

Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income. To learn more about Michigan Health Centers and find a Health Center near you, please visit

NACHC Releases New Report on Community Health Center Workforce

On March 15, 2016, the National Association of Community Health Centers released a new report on the Community Health Center workforce, Staffing the Safety Net: Building the Primary Care Workforce at America's Health Centers

In addition to the release of the report, NACHC has several templates available for sending in an op ed, a press release or a letter to the editor, which can be found on their website. Stay tuned for more information on this report and how it relates to Michigan Health Center workforce development.

Help Secure Continued Health Center Funding - Sign Bilirakis-Green Dear Colleague Letter Today

This week, thousands of advocates are in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy & Issues Forum. Today, March 17, 2016, is Hill Day and as friends and colleagues storm the hill, there is no better day than today to raise awareness for Health Centers!

As a reminder, if you have not signed the Bilirakis-Green Letter, please do so today (or no later than March 19, 2016). Signing the letter is easy, simply click here and enter your information.

The more signatures on the letter, the stronger the message of public support for the program. **The deadline to sign onto the Wicker-Stabenow Letter has passed.**

More State & National News





Webinar: Voice Your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative
March 30, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials

Webinar: Do Ask, Do Tell! Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Health Centers
April 5, 2016, 1:30 - 3 pm ET
Host: National LGBT Health Education Center

Save the Date: Veteran's Conference
April 15, 2016
Host: Michigan AHEC's Mid-Central Regional Center

An Opioid Epidemic - Reversing the Trend While Improving Patients Pain, Function and Lives

May 14, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm ET
Lost Lake Woods Club, Lincoln, MI
6.5 Continuing Education Credits
Host: Alpena Regional Medical Center


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Telehealth Network Grant Program
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services
Due: April 8, 2016

Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services
Due: May 17, 2016



More grant opportunitie



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