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MPCA eUpdate | June 30, 2016
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June 30, 2016
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MPCA Holiday Business Hours & eUpdate Schedule

The Michigan Primary Care Association will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, in observance of Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

The eUpdate will not be published on July 7, 2016. The next eUpdate will be delivered on July 14, 2016.

Have a safe and memorable holiday.

MI Care Team Project Launches July 1

Michigan Primary Care Association and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services are pleased to announce the launch of the MI Care Team also referred to as Health Homes on July 1, 2016. Ten Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers at 44 sites in 23 counties have committed to use an innovative model of care with access to new technology and data through Care Connect 360. The participating Health Centers are expected to serve a population of approximately 18,000. 

In 2014, MDHHS appropriated funding to implement primary care Health Homes in Michigan’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Tribal Health Centers. MPCA is coordinating a comprehensive MI Care Team Learning Community that includes training, technical assistance and peer network supports in partnership with the Medicaid Services Administration. 

The participating Michigan Health Centers are:

  • Advantage Health Centers
  • Cherry Health
  • Covenant Community Care, Inc.
  • Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Family Medical Center of Michigan
  • Genesee Community Health Center
  • Health Delivery, Inc.
  • The Wellness Plan Medical Centers
  • Thunder Bay Community Health Services, Inc.
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Under Section 2703 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), the Health Home service model is intended to help chronically ill Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries manage their health conditions through an intimate level of care management and coordination. The MI Care Team Model builds on the philosophies of IMPACT and Nuka Care Models, which are centered in whole-person, team-based care. As such, the MI Care Team will utilize an interdisciplinary team of providers who operate in a behavioral health integrated primary care setting to ensure a seamless transition of care and help connect the beneficiary with needed clinical and social services. To achieve this, the team will include the presence of a Nurse Care Manager and Community Health Worker. With the beneficiary’s consent, health information technology will strengthen care management and coordination through data collection and information sharing. Together, the model will address all facets of a beneficiary’s health status, including clinical needs and social determinants of health. The model is expected to boost patient self-management of chronic conditions, reduce health care costs and raise quality of life for participating beneficiaries.

For additional information on MI Care Team, contact Shannon Lijweski, MPCA Clinical Consultant.

NHCW Picture & Video Contest Launches August 1

National Health Center Week (NHCW) is a time where we celebrate and showcase the innovative work of Health Centers across the country. What better way to show off the outstanding work your Health Center does in the community than to participate in the annual National Health Center Week Picture & Video Contest!

In addition to having the chance to win prizes, the contest is an opportunity for your Health Center to gain national exposure. The NHCW Picture & Video Contest begins on August 1 and ends on August 31.

Each individual may submit one picture (photo or hand-drawn picture) and one video for participation in the NHCW Picture & Video Contest.

For more information on how to win, the prizes, contest timeline and tips for submitting winning photos and videos, visit the National Health Center Week website.

We're Hiring & Promoting

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is now hiring for an IT Intern. In this position, the intern will serve as the first point of contact for internal and external customers, provide customer support through troubleshooting and resolving common issues and assist with special projects. For additional information or to apply, click here.

MPCA is pleased to announce the promotion of Lydia Starrs to Associate Director, Enabling Services.
As Associate Director, Lydia will manage enabling services training and technical assistance, provide oversight to the Linkages project and develop opportunities focused on social determinants of health. Congratulations, Lydia!

MPCA Receives Funding for Michigan Outreach and Enrollment Learning Lab

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) was awarded $15,000 by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to develop a suite of online trainings for health coverage enrollment assisters. NACHC partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to fund nine Reaching Deep to Enroll and Retain Communities grants which support and promote innovative outreach and enrollment (O/E) efforts to uninsured populations. MPCA’s project was chosen for the award in recognition of its statewide impact, use of social determinants of health data and training components.

The Michigan O/E Learning Lab will host four self-paced online learning modules: New Assister Onboard Training, Outreach Planning 101, Health Literacy and Integrating Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Data in O/E. The New Assister Onboard Training will include two subcategories, Modified Adjusted Gross Income Training and Introduction to the Healthy Michigan Plan. The first trainings will be online and available by September 2016, and the remainder will be available by December 2016.

We are seeking Certified Application Counselors or Navigators from Health Centers to serve as advisors to the O/E Learning Lab. If you’re willing to contribute your time to provide feedback and guidance, please contact Jaspreet Malhotra, Program Specialist or Lydia Starrs, Associate Director, Enabling Services.

Grace Health Receives NCQA Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

Congratulations to Grace Health for achieving National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition! Special recognition to all at Grace Health who labored long and fast in attaining this national quality seal of approval. The PCMH program is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into "what patients want it to be."

Patients who have a medical home can lead to higher quality, lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care.

Contact Simmi Isaac, Clinical Quality Program Specialist for questions and additional assistance on PCMH. For additional information on the NCQA PCMH recognition, click here

Correction: MPCA Staff Update

In the MPCA Staff Update article in the June 23, 2016 issue of the eUpdate, it was noted Faiyaz Syed had been appointed to the National Association of Community Health Centers Health Center Controlled Network Task Force beginning in January 1, 2017. Please note: Faiyaz's appointment was a mid-year appointment and he is actively serving in this role.


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Save the Date: 2016 MPCA Annual Conference
August 14 - August 16, 2016
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI


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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.



CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices "No Nasal Spray" Recommendation

On June 28, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted in favor of an interim recommendation that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the nasal spray flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. ACIP continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) for everyone six months and older.

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is working closely with the CDC to assure an ample supply of the Vaccines For Children (VFC) influenza vaccine will be available. Local Health Departments are working with VFC providers to switch pre-booked VFC FluMist to another product for this fall’s 2016-2017 flu season. 

Providers who ordered FluMist private stock are to follow the guidance sent to them from the manufacturer or distributor.

Additional information can be found in the Flu Vaccine Flyer and the ACIP Key Points document.

Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity Announced 

The Bureau of Primary Health Care released the FY 2017 Service Area Competition funding announcement for service areas with a February 1, 2017 project period. Applications are due on August 29, 2016. Additional information on the announcement and technical assistance can be found here

Applications Sought for Health Center Medical-Legal Partnership Learning Network

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is convening a new Health Center Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Learning Network to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among Health Resources and Service Administration-funded Health Centers, Look-Alikes, and Primary Care Associations engaged in a medical-legal partnership.  

Applications are due by July 15, 2016. For additional information, click here. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Lydia Starrs, Associate Director, Enabling Services. 

More State & National News





Webinar: Building a Transformed Health Workforce: Moving from Planning to Implementation 
July 11, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Governors Association
Conference Call Number: 866.537.1633; Passcode: 8679278#

Webinar: Designing Effective Benefits Package to Attract and Recruit Providers
July 12, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Star² Center 

Webinar: Hospital Community Benefit Funds - Resources for the Health Care for the Homeless Community
July 12, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Webinar: Expanding Access to Primary Care in Your Community through Nurse Practitioners
July 27, 2016, 12 - 1 pm ET
Hosts: Michigan Center for Rural Health / Michigan State University College of Nursing

Practical Art of Health Center Operations (PAHCO) Seminar
July 27 - 29, 2016
Denver, CO
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral and Behavioral Health Interventions
August 19, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm ET
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Saginaw, MI
Host: Michigan Area Health Education Center

Ninth Annual Community Health Worker Conference
August 25, 2016, 8 am - 4:30 pm ET
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Host: Spectrum Health


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


MACRA Quality Improvement Direct Technical Assistance (MQIDTA)
Due: July 28, 2016
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Domestic Victims for Human Trafficking Program
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services / Administration for Children & Families

Service Area Competition 
Due: August 29, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care / Health Resources and Services Administration


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