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June 23, 2016
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July Health Awareness Event: World Hepatitis Day

And in the blink of an eye, July is just a week away! During July, one major health awareness day will be observed and it focuses on prevention and management of Hepatitis.

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28, 2016 and the theme for this year is ELIMINATION. 
For additional information on World Hepatitis Day, including the first ever Elimination Strategy for Viral Hepatitis, a strategy with ambitious targets and a goal to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, click here

In addition, sign up to be a part of the elimination movement and join others in a national movement to take action to ensure viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030. 
A toolkit has been created to help you easily share awareness materials including images, key messages, infographics and more!

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

MPCA Staff Update 

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) welcomes Brittani Barkley to the Enabling Services Team as an Outreach Specialist with Linkages where she will provide program support to the Health Centers participating in the program. Brittani is originally from the Lansing, Michigan area, but most recently lived in Ohio, where she worked as both a Patient Companion to the elderly and as a Family Advocate for families enrolled in Head Start.

In addition, Crystal Korpi has moved into a new role supporting workforce development. As a key component of MPCA's strategic workplans, Crystal's focus on workforce development will strengthen MPCA’s training and technical assistance to members. Crystal will continue to support Linkages half-time through the remainder of 2016, and in January 2017, she will transition to full-time Workforce Development Specialist.

Faiyaz Syed, Associate Clinical Director, has been appointed to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) Task Force. The two-year appointment, made by NACHC's Chair of the Board, will begin January 1, 2017. The HCCN Task Force addresses issues related to the growth and development of HCCN. 

HIE Connection in Care Coordination and Transitions of Care Webinar Scheduled

Please join the Michigan Primary Care Association on June 29, 2016, from 11 am - 12 pm ET, for a webinar on The Importance of HIE Connection in Care Coordination and Transitions of Care.

The webinar will provide an overview of ways to get connected and help organizations understand Michigan's model for health information sharing to support care coordination and manage transitions of care. Timothy A. Pletcher, Executive Director, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and Faiyaz Syed, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Michigan Primary Care Association will review major statewide infrastructure including the importance of active care relationships, the statewide health provider directory and transition of care Use Cases including the Statewide Admit Discharge & Transfer and Discharge Medication Reconciliation Use Cases.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. 


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Webinar: HIE Connection in Care Coordination and Transitions of Care
June 29, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm ET

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.



NNOHA Dashboard Collaborative - Call for Team Applications

From 2011 to 2015, a group of national experts worked to develop a dental dashboard of 15 measures that can be used as part of Health Center quality improvement efforts to more effectively monitor and measure quality and drive performance within dental programs.

The 15 measures within the Dashboard are organized into three categories - population health, fiscal and operational sustainability and patient satisfaction. The measures aim to drive systematic, operational, financial and clinical improvements over a period of time. At this time, we are looking for teams who are interested in the implementation of a Dashboard of oral health metrics.

In January 2016, National Network of Oral Health Access (NNOHA) launched the pilot phase of the Dental Dashboard Collaborative. The six-month pilot phase brought together five Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Health Center grantees from throughout the United States. During this time, training materials, coaching techniques and implementation methods were developed to serve as a framework for the second phase of the Collaborative.

The second phase of the Collaborative is now open and seeks to recruit up to 20 teams to engage in a follow-up 12-month Collaborative. The aim of this Collaborative is to enhance the quality of oral health care provided to Health Center patients through the implementation of evidence based, clinical, preventive and operational practices. Teams will learn and apply the Model for Improvement and develop measurement processes to report on a set of dashboard measures that includes the HRSA sealant measure.

At this time, NNOHA is looking for teams who are interested in the implementation of a Dashboard of oral health metrics. This collaborative will bring together participants from 20 sites from across the country for a 12-month Collaborative from August 2016 to September 2017. Registration fees for the Collaborative will be waived, however participants will be expected to fund their travel, including airfare and hotel.

Participating teams will engage in a variety of activities to spread the practices and protocols of quality improvement. Using established quality improvement methods, staff, quality improvement experts and national faculty will provide training and technical assistance to participating teams. Health Centers will use the Dental Dashboard and quality improvement methods to improve the oral health outcomes for Health Center patients from birth to 20. 

As one of the organizations selected, you will distinguish yourself nationally and locally as an innovative leader in using quality improvement to enhance oral health. Benefits to participating in the Collaborative include development of a Dental Dashboard for your Health Center and application of evidence and risk-based care supported by national experts in oral health quality improvement. In addition, as part of the work, you will receive training, professional development and help to implement and use the HRSA sealant measure.

The application includes a description of the goals, expectations for participants and instructions on how to select your team. Applications are due July 1, 2016. NNOHA will select the final participating organizations the week of July 11, 2016. Please indicate your intent to participate by completing the Team Enrollment Form and emailing it to

Additional questions should be directed to Project Coordinator, Deborah Cutter Reiling.

Fifteen Michigan Health Centers Receive HHS Awards for Expansion of Oral Health Services

On June 16, 2016, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $156 million in funding awarded to 420 Health Centers in 47 states to increase access to integrated oral health care services. In Michigan, fifteen Health Centers received awards totaling $5,583,097. 

With this funding, Health Centers will be able to expand integrated oral health services and increase the number of patients served nationwide, an estimated 785,000 new patients.

“Michigan currently has a shortage of dental providers in medically underserved communities,” said Loretta V. Bush, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 77 counties are designated as a Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Area. The oral health service awards will enable the Health Centers to hire dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides and technicians in order to reach the patients in their communities who need preventive dental care.” 

The fifteen Michigan Health Centers and their award amounts follow:

Health Center Organization


Grant Amount

Advantage Health Centers



Alcona Health Center



Baldwin Family Health Care



Center for Family Health



Cherry Health

Grand Rapids


Covenant Community Care, Inc.



Central City Integrated Health



Family Health Center, Inc.



Grace Health

Battle Creek


Health Delivery, Inc.



Mid Michigan Community Health Services

Houghton Lake


Northwest Michigan Health Services

Traverse City


Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network



Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center



Western Wayne Family Health Centers



In the June 16, 2016 release, Secretary Burwell stated, “Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being. The funding awarded will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to Health Centers across the country.”

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, visit

New ADA Report Explores Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Well-Being

The American Dental Association has released a new report that looks at the connection between oral health and overall well-being for people in the United States. The report provides state-specific information on how adults feel about oral health and their ability to gain employment, whether poor oral health limits social activity and expectations for oral health as they age. 

The report, entitled Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States, is based on feedback from more than 15,000 survey participants in the 50 states and D.C. and provides recommendations for policy change as well.

CDC Hosting Seven-Part Webinar to Help Providers Prescribing Opioids

The CDC is hosting a seven-part webinar series to help providers put into practice the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

The first of the series, an overview of the CDC recommendations was held on June 22 and covered when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued. The webinar was recorded and will be available soon.

Each free one-hour webinar will be available live and recorded, and offers continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators and other health care providers. Registration is not required to participate, but registration is required to receive continuing education credits.

The schedule for the the next three webinars is as follows:

  • July 27 - Non-opioid treatments (Addressing Recommendation 1)
  • August 3 - Assessing benefits and harms of opioid therapy (Addressing Recommendations 1, 2, 7, 8)
  • August 17 - Dosing and titration of opioids (Addressing Recommendations 4, 5, 7)

Join the Movement - Become a Health Center Advocate

In May, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) launched 100K in 100 Days with the goal of reaching 100,000 advocates by late August. To date, over 10% of the goal has been reached (a challenge thermometer can be found here).

Achieving over 10% of the goal is great, but there is still a long way to go and your help is needed to recruit more advocates and reach 100K!  

Here’s what you can do to help - s
et a personal goal of recruiting ten new advocates. Send them this link and/or post on social media to ask for individuals to sign up!

NACHC will be hosting a webinar on June 29, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET. The 100K in 100 Days Webinar will provide you with additional information on the challenge as well as help you discover the best ways to incorporate recruiting advocates into your National Health Center Week events.

CMS Announces Additional Funding to Support Clinicians Delivering High Quality Patient-Centered Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a second round of funding for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) Support and Alignment Network.

This opportunity will provide up to $10 million over the next three years to leverage primary and specialist care transformation work and to help prepare clinicians for Alternative Payment Models. Applications are due by July 11, 2016. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a letter of intent by July 1. CMS anticipates announcing awards in fall 2016. 

National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2016. Are you Doing It? Testing for HIV?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that people with certain risk factors get tested more often. For more information and resources regarding HIV National Testing Day and ideas on promoting HIV testing please visit the CDC
website. The Michigan Primary Care Association encourages all Health Centers to promote National HIV Testing Day. 

UnitedHealthCare Grant Opportunity to Reduce Smoking Among Michigan Residents

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Locally, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services reports 15,000 deaths are smoking related each year. 

To address this issue, UnitedHealthcare anticipates awarding 2 - 4 program or project grants to nonprofit organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, or public agencies/units of government working to reduce tobacco use among Michigan residents.

The grants will range from $20,000 to $30,000 and are due July 29, 2016. The grant application can be found here. An optional information session will be held regarding this opportunity on June 28, 2016, and June 29, 2016, from 12 - 1 pm ET. 
To register, please email with the subject line Grants. Please include your name, preferred date, and organization in the body of the email.

HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for Quality Payment Program

On June 20, 2016, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) 
announced $20 million to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. These funds will help provide hands-on training tailored to small practices, especially those that practice in historically under-resourced areas including rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas.

HHS will continue to award $20 million each year over the next five years, providing $100 million in total to help small practices successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program. In order to receive funding, organizations must demonstrate their ability to strategically provide customized training to clinicians. And, most importantly, these organizations will provide education and consultation about the Quality Payment Program at no cost to the clinician or their practice.

For additional information and to apply, click here. Awardees will be announced by November 2016.

More State & National News





Webinar: ICD-10 Resources - Revenue Cycle Management and Tools You Can Use
June 24, 2016, 1 - 2:15 pm ET
Host: FQHC Consultants Inc.

Webcast: BPHC All-Program Webcast
June 27, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Webinar: Rural-Urban Differences in Practices for LGBT Patients
June 27, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative
Call In: 1.415.762.9988

Webinar: Domestic Violence and Social Determinants of Health (presented in Spanish)
June 29, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

Webinar: Making the Connection - Climate Changes Mental Health
June 29, 2016, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: American Public Health Association

Webinar: 100K in 100 Days
June 29, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Advancing Health through Accountable Communities: A Conversation with States
July 14, 2016, 12:30 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Academy for State Health Policy

Webinar: National Health Center Week Picture & Video Contest(s)
July 20, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Medical-Dental-Behavioral Integration - One Health Center's Example
July 25, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Health Partners of Western Ohio
Call In: 1.213.929.4212; Passcode: 775-167-016

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Great Lakes Bay Region Symposium "Achieving Patient-Centered Care through the Quadruple Aim"
October 14, 2016, 8 am - 1 pm ET
Hosts: Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. and Michigan Primary Care Consortium

National Academy for State Health Policy Annual State Health Policy Conference
October 17 - October 19, 2016
Pittsburg, PA

Host: National Academy for State Health Policy


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Support and Alignment Network
Due: July 11, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration

Integrating Cost-of-Care Conversation Resources into the Clinical Workflow
Due: July 27, 2016
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients
Due: July 27, 2016
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

UnitedHealthcare Grant to Reduce Smoking
Due: July 29, 2016
Funder: UnitedHealthcare

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Due: August 2, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration

Service Area Competition (Start Date January 1, 2017)
Due: August 16, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care

R40 MCH Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies
August 19, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration

R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research
August 19, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration


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