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** The MPCA eUpdate will not be published on July 21, 2016. The next issue will be published on July 28, 2016.**

2016 MPCA Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

Please join us at the 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Annual Conference taking place August 14 - 16, 2016, at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Michigan. This year’s conference theme is “Enriching Patient Care in an Era of Emergencies & Epidemics.”

The MPCA Annual Conference brings together Michigan Health Center staff (executive leadership, medical, dental, and behavioral health providers; finance and operations officers; clinical directors) and board members to learn from each other and expert faculty on clinical, finance, operations, governance, and administrative topics. It is an opportunity to refuel, engage, and return home with new ideas, connections, resources, tools, and approaches to strengthen your Health Center's programs, services, and operations.

You can find more information about MPCA's Annual Conference and registration here, including the following:  

Schedule of events (subject to change)
• Online conference registration (register by August 3 to receive the early bird rate) 
• Reserving a room at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 
• Information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or advertising during the annual event.

Last year's conference was our biggest yet drawing close to 300 attendees, including 45 exhibitors!  Many thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors and exhibitors for making it a huge success. We hope you'll join us again this year, because we're planning this year's event to be even better!  Check out some of the pictures from last year.  

Register today and we look forward to seeing you in a month!

MPCA Annual Conference Poster Session

Do you have a unique program, special project, best practice or research activity to share? Now is your chance! This year, at the 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association Annual Conference, you have the opportunity to highlight these activities with our poster session opportunity.

This is a great opportunity to share your Health Center-related information with your colleagues and Health Center CEOs and have the opportunity to drive home with a cash prize! To reserve a poster session spot, complete the brief poster submission form


SO/GI UDS Collection Resource

Heath Resources and Services Administration issued a Program Assistance Letter (PAL) detailing approved changes to Uniform Data System (UDS) 2016 to include reporting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) data in Tables 3A and 3B.

To assist Health Centers prepare for collecting this data, the National LGBT Health Education Center has many resources and is planning continuous training on collecting SO/GI data. One valuable webinar is “Do Ask, Do Tell! Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Health Centers”. For more information visit National LGBT Health Education. To watch the webinar, click here

Emergency Management Resources

Michigan Primary Care Association Website The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has set up a resource page on the Education & Resource Center for Zika Virus. This webpage offers English and Spanish PDF documents, links to relevant websites, clinical guidelines and PowerPoint presentations that you can customize for your Health Center. If you need resources, be sure to refer to this area on our website. 

Zika Webinar  On May 17, 2016,  MPCA hosted a webinar titled "Zika Virus Status in Michigan" with Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. If you missed it, the webinar is still accessible here

do1thing  This month’s focus in the do1thing curriculum is Step 3: Facilities. The goal is to take steps before, during and after a disaster to keep your business running, even if you and your employees can’t get to your normal worksite.

A few examples include:

  • Make sure there are working fire extinguishers throughout your facility and that staff is trained in how and when to use them.
  • Use straps to fasten down shelves, filing cabinets, cubicles, and tabletop equipment to prevent losses in an earthquake or tornado.

If you missed Step 1 and Step 2, they can be accessed here: Step 1: Risk Assessment and Step 2: Essential Business. 

National Health Center Week is Right Around the Corner

August is fast approaching which means National Health Center Week (NHCW) is right around the corner! NHCW will be celebrated from August 7 to August 13 and events all over the nation are scheduled to celebrate the importance of Health Centers in their communities.

  • For more information on NHCW including events, the events being hosted and the stories being shared, click here.
  • For social media ideas including tweets, photos and suggested posts, click here

In addition to information available on, Michigan specific information can be accessed here.

In the past, three theme days have been set aside to recognize the work Health Centers do to serve special populations within their communities.This year, each day has a theme to help create additional awareness around the innovative services and programs offered at Health Centers. Note the following theme days:

August 7: Health Center Workforce

August 8: Health Screenings

August 9: Public Housing Health Center Day

August 10: Healthcare for the Homeless Day

August 11: Farmworker Health Day

August 12: Protecting Public Health

August 13: Health Center Enabling Services

Remember your events do not have to coincide exactly with the focus of the theme days. Theme days are available to enhance your events and help provide structure at your discretion. 

If you host an event, forward your event activities to Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman.

Need a State Innovation Model (SIM) Primer?

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) webinars provide a review on topics related to the implementation of the State Innovation Model in Michigan. The most recent session (June 30) focused on the payment reform strategy

“We realize payment reform is a complex issue. These MDHHS resources provide valuable information on SIM details related to Community Health Innovation Regions (CHIRs) and Collaborative Learning Networks, Patient-Centered Medical Homes and payment reform,” said Chris Baumgardner, chair of the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Subcommittee on Payment Reform, and a member of the MPCA Board of Directors. “I encourage you to share the material with Health Center leadership and your board of directors.”

Attention MPCA Members:  Annual All Members Meeting August 14

Mark your calendar for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Annual All Members Meeting at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on August 14 at 4:30 pm. Valuable information will be presented on topics such as payment reform, health information technology and the State Innovation Model. In addition, you will have the opportunity to discuss topics with Loretta V. Bush, MPCA, Chief Executive Officer and Joanne Sheldon, MPCA, Chief Operating Officer, as well as your colleagues from Health Centers throughout the state. 

Save the Date & Call for Presenters: 2016 Fall Clinical Conference

Save the date for the 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Fall Clinical Conference scheduled for October 19, 2016 at the Kellogg Center in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to saving the date, MPCA is also looking for presenters to speak at the fall conference. 

MPCA and partners are developing a comprehensive agenda complete with educational and networking opportunities for all health professionals, with an emphasis on primary care, substance use disorder and behavioral health providers. 

As the agenda develops, the focus will be on policy and legal issues, clinical issues including training, provider limitations, pain management clinics, care management strategies, family and social supports, partnerships (i.e. drug courts, DOC, etc.), coordination of services across disciplines internally or with external partners, or other innovative approaches to providing coordinated comprehensive care to substance use disorder (SUD) patients.

To submit an application and obtain additional details, click here. Deadline to submit presentation is August 5, 2016. 

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities please contact Sara Koziel, Associate Director,Integrated Health at

More News from MPCA



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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.



Millions in Funding Supports Flint Child Health & Development Fund

The long-term effects of lead exposure to children under the age of six can be devastating. While the children of Flint, Michigan, were experiencing the lead in water crisis, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint recognized this and sprang into action. The Flint Foundation identified the long-term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead and thus the Flint Child Health & Development Fund was established. Read more.

New Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity

The Bureau of Primary Health Care  has released the Fiscal Year 2017 Service Area Competition funding opportunity (HRSA-17-052) for service areas with a March 1, 2017 project period start date (current project period end date of February 28, 2017). Applications are due by September 21, 2016.

For additional information on this opportunity, click here.

New Chief Deputy Director Announced for MDHHS

On July 11, 2016 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Nancy Vreibel will be the department’s new chief deputy director. 

Vreibel, of St. Johns, has 40 years of experience in state government. She is former budget division director for the Michigan Department of Community Health and has been director of appropriations for the chairpersons of the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee since 2007. 

“Nancy is highly respected and her expertise will be invaluable to the department as we continue providing health and human services to meet the unique needs of the individuals that we serve,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “I expect a seamless transition and I look forward to Nancy joining the MDHHS team as we work on behalf of Michiganders.”  Read more.

More State & National News





Virtual Job Fair
July 19, 2016, 6:45 - 10:15 pm ET
Host: National Health Service Corps

Webinar: Strategies to Address Hep C in African American Communities
July 20, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Department of Health & Human Services / Office of Minority Health

Virtual Training: CHAMPS Document Management Portal
July 21, 2016, 10 - 11 am ET
Host: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Webinar: Equity and Empowerment Lens - A Tool to Create Equitable Polices and Programs
July 21, 2016, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities

Webinar: BEAT IT! Becoming Empowered Africans Through Improved Treatment of Hep B and HIV/AIDS
August 12, 2016, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Department of Health & Human Services / Office of Minority Health

Save the Date: Race, Poverty and Policy - Creating an Equitable Michigan
October 10, 2016, 1 - 4:30 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan
Host: Michigan League for Public Policy

Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder Best Practices in Screening, Referral, Behavioral Health Interventions
Available Through May 31, 2017
Hosts: Michigan AHEC and Wayne State University of Pediatrics


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


MACRA Quality Improvement Direct Technical Assistance Grant
Due: July 28, 2016
Funder: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative - Gen I Initiative Support
Due: August 1, 2016
Funder: Indian Health Service

Improving Hepatitis B and C Care Cascades; Focus on Increased Testing and Diagnosis
Due: August 2, 2016
Funder: Centers for Disease Control - NCHHSTP

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program
Due: August 19, 2016
Funder: Avon Foundation

American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnerships
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

Early Head Start (EHS) and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants
Due: August 24, 2016
Funder: Administration for Children and Families

National HIV Program: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care

Due: August 28, 2016
Funder: Indian Health Service

Service Area Competition
Due: August 29, 2016
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments
Due: September 1, 2016
Funder: Centers for Disease Control - NCHHSTP

Continuum of Care
Due: September 14, 2016
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: American Dental Hygientists' Association

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Due: October 1, 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care


More grant opportunitie



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