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May 12, 2016
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RFPs Sought for Program Evaluation

Michigan Primary Care Association is seeking request for proposals (RFP) from expert consultants to conduct an evaluation of a two-year statewide initiative titled “Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports” or Linkages. The focus of the project, launched in 2015 and funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, was to expand patient care teams to meaningfully utilize trained and certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Michigan’s Health Centers. Since March 2015, 28 CHWs have been employed in 16 Michigan Health Centers, providing patient support by assessing and documenting patients’ needs and then linking them to necessary community resources including food, housing, employment, safe places to exercise, group support activities, recreational opportunities, social engagement and more. 

Qualified consultants will have access to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services data warehouse and have experience in analyzing different types of data, including the intersection of clinical and non-clinical outcomes.

For a copy of the RFP and accompanying documents, send an email to Julie Tatko. The deadline for RFP submission is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

MPCA Promotions

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Julie Tatko to Director of Operations & Enabling Services and Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman to Government Affairs Manager.

Julie will lead the Operations & Enabling Services team where her focus will include training and technical assistance for Health Center operations, finance and billing as well as access to care, including Linkages and outreach supports.

As MPCA looks to the future, policy and advocacy will continue to evolve and influence the strategic direction of health care in the state as well as at MPCA. In recognition of this, Ryan will lead MPCA's efforts in policy and grassroots advocacy.

Alongside the promotions, the team structure within MPCA has changed. For the most up-to-date team structure and contact information, visit the MPCA Staff webpage.

Reminder: Register for Michigan LGBT Health Summit

Have you registered for the Michigan Primary Care Association's (MPCA) first statewide event focusing on addressing the primary care needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) population in Michigan? Registration is still open for the one-day event, Michigan LGBT Health Summit: Meeting the Primary Care Needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Population.

MPCA encourages all current and future direct care providers: clinicians, nurses, nurse care managers, dentists, pharmacists, etc. to attend the Summit to better normalize and integrate LGBT health into your practice. 

The Michigan LGBT Health Summit will take place at Double Tree by Hilton Bay City Riverfront in Bay City, Michigan on June 13, 2016, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm ET. Registration is now open - additional details and the tentative agenda is also available through the registration link. 

For additional information on this event, contact Lindsey Naeyaert, Clinical Specialist, Michigan Primary Care Association. 

MPCA Now Hiring

Michigan Primary Care Association is seeking an Outreach Specialist to support the implementation of the Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports, or Linkages program. The specialist will provide technical assistance, training, education and support to participating Health Centers and partners. 

The Center for Michigan Seeks Hosts for Community Conversations

The Center for Michigan is looking for host locations for their Community Conversations series. The Community Conversations are statewide, town hall-style public engagement meetings with the goal to gather Michigan residents’ thoughts, ideas, opinions and priorities.

The topic, Restoring Public Trust in State Government, will open a dialogue on public services delivered by state government; Michigan elected officials and the political process; residents' ideas for improving state government services and Michigan politics.  The goal of this round of discussions is to determine what state residents know, want, fear, feel hopeful about, and prioritize when it comes to trust in our state government. The Center for Michigan will be gathering input from more than 5,000 Michigan residents on both the barriers and potential solutions for improving their trust during 2016.

The Michigan Primary Care Association encourages Michigan Health Centers to consider being a host for conversations to be held in your community. As a Community Conversation host, you’ll selected the date, time and location (preferably at your Health Center) and invite 20 - 50 residents to participate. A moderator from the Center for Michigan will then lead the discussion, collect both quantitative data with clicker devices and qualitative data from notes taken during the discussion. In addition, the data collected will be part of the final report for state leaders and also shared with hosts to be used locally. Finally, The Center for Michigan will provide hosts with many tools to help invite participants, including an RSVP link, a sample invitation letter, a one-pager about the Conversation, a flyer, and sample social media posts.

If you are interested in serving as a host for a Community Conversation, contact Amber DeLind, Engagement Strategy Director. The Center for Michigan is looking to secure locations for Community Conversations through December 2016.

Zika Virus Status in Michigan Webinar Scheduled

Michigan Primary Care Association invites you to attend an upcoming webinar on the Zika Virus Status In Michigan scheduled for May 17, 2016 from 9:30 - 10:30 am ET.

Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services will provide an overview of the Zika Virus, including the current status and the potential impact it has on Michigan. In addition, Dr. Wells will discuss Michigan's role in monitoring and responding to the virus and provide resources for clinicians. This webinar includes a live discussion forum for questions and answers. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Zika Virus Status in Michigan
May 17, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am ET

Dental Directors Dinner
May 19, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

340B from A to Z Training
June 8, 2016, 8:30 - 3:30 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI

Michigan LGBT Health Summit
June 13, 2016, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm ET
Double Tree by Hilton Bay City, Bay City, MI

Recruitment & Retention Conference
June 15, 2016, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center, Lansing, 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.



Expanded Medicaid Services Now Available in Flint

On Monday, May 9, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services announced Flint residents who were served by the city's water system within the last two years can begin enrolling for health coverage including case management services for children under the age of 21 and women who are pregnant.

"Thanks to this waiver, comprehensive health benefits are now available to approximately 15,000 more residents who were served by the Flint water system,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). “It’s important that residents are aware of the supports offered through this coverage, including case managers that can connect residents to health care resources in the community.” 

In addition to Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan or MIChild, Flint residents can get targeted case management services to connect residents with medical, educational, social and other services they may need. Read more.

HHS Awards Health Infrastructure Investment Funding for Ten Michigan Health Centers

On May 4, 2016, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding for facility renovation, expansion or construction at 290 Health Centers in 45 states under the Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP). Among the awardees, ten Michigan Health Centers.

A total of $10,000,000 of HIIP grants were awarded to the following Michigan Health Centers:

Health Center Organization


Grant Amount

Center for Family Health, Inc.



Covenant Community Care, Inc.



Advantage Health Centers



Family Health Center, Inc.



Genesee Health System



Intercare Community Health Network



Sterling Area Health Center



Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center



The Wellness Plan



Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center




“The awards granted by HHS will enable Michigan Health Centers to provide primary and preventive services to additional residents in their respective communities,” states Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The demand for health care services continues to grow and the awards will enable Health Centers to grow their space in order to meet the growing demand in medically underserved areas of Michigan.”

The funding for the HIIP comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. 

The funding is projected to reach an additional 52,956 Michigan residents.

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

ICYMI: CMS Issues Important Documents for Medicare & Medicaid

**As provided in the Washington Update, May 3, 2016,  National Association of Community Health Centers**

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released four important documents with implications for Health Centers: 

  • The Final Rule on Medicaid Managed Care – 1400+ pages updating the rules for this major part of the health care market for the first time since 2002.
  • The Proposed Rule outlining how Medicare will pay doctors (but not FQHCs) under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive System created by MACRA – 900+ pages.
  • Two pieces of sub-regulatory guidance – a State Health Official Letter specific to FQHC payment and contracting, and another guidance on Medicaid eligibility for “re-entering” populations – those who have recently left the jail/ prison system. 

The National Association of Community Health Centers will provide additional detailed information on both the Final Rule on Medicaid Managed Care and the State Health Official Letter in the future. 

More State & National News





Webinar: Marrying Strategic, Operational and Information Technology Planning
May 17, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

Webinar: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Promoting Mental Wellness in School-Based Health Centers
May 17, 2016, 2 -3 pm ET
Host: School-Based Health Alliance's Youth Advisory Council

Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for the New Medicaid Managed Care Regulations
May 17, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Management Associates

Webinar: Benefits of Same Day Dentistry
May 18, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm ET
Host: Common Wealth Purchasing Group, LLC

Webinar: Geographical Information Systems to Plan Health Services in Health Center Program Grantees, with a Focus on PHPCs
May 18, 2016, 2:30 - 3:30 PM ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Webinar: Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured
Host: The Partnership Center
May 18, 2016, 3 pm ETJune 14, 2016, 3 pm ET & July 19, 2016, 2 pm ET

Webinar: Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance
Host: The Partnership Center
May 19, 2016, 2 pm ETJune 9, 2016, 2 pm ET & July 14, 2016, 2 pm ET

Webinar: "Modified Stage 2"- Meaningful Use in 2016
May 24, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Center For Effective IT Adoption

Webcast: Improving Outcomes with Teens and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives
May 26, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services / Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health's Region V Adolescent Health Network in partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus Public Health and the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership

Webinar: Population Health Webinar and Web Summit
June 1, 2016, 1 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: MCOL

An In-Depth Look at Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA)
June 7 - 8, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Host: Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Webinar: Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care Partnerships and Contracting to Improve Quality
June 8, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Academy for State Health Policy

MichUHCAN Annual Health Care Heroes Celebration
June 17, 2016, 7 pm ET
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Host: MichUHCAN

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral and Behavioral Health Interventions
June 17, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm ET, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI
Simulcast Locations: Wayne State University, Northern Michigan University, Central Michigan University
August 19, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm ET, Central Michigan University
Simulcast Locations: Wayne State University, Northern Michigan University, Western Michigan University

National American Indiana/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Conference

August 9 - August 11, 2016
Portland, Oregon
Host: Indian Health Services

State of Michigan HIV and STD Conference

August 30 - 31, 2016
Acme, MI
Host: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Social Determinants of African Immigrant & Refugee Health: Rethinking Integration, Challenges & Empowerment Conference
September 15 - 18, 2016
New York City, NY
Host: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & Office of Minority Health

Call for Abstracts: June 23, 2016


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Susan G. Komen Small Grants Program
Funder: Susan G. Komen
Due: June 1, 2016, August 1, 2016, January 1, 2017

2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program
Due: July 1, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/ Land Reuse Sites
Due: July 5, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/ Centers for Disease Control- ATSDR

Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV

Due: July 8, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/ Health Resources and Services Administration

Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care
Due: July 12, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/ Health Resources and Services Administration


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