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MPCA eUpdate | August 4, 2015
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August 4,  2015
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Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary

Today, August 4, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released a draft common drug formulary for the upcoming Comprehensive Health Plan )Medicaid health plan) contract.

The common formulary will be used by all Medicaid health plans to streamline drug coverage policies and address certain drug utilization management tools such as prior authorization criteria and step therapies. Health plans may be less restrictive, but not more restrictive, than the coverage parameters of the common formulary. (The list of drugs currently covered under the Medicaid Fee-for-Service benefit, including those specifically carved out from Medicaid health plans, will remain unchanged.)

MDHHS is accepting comments on the common formulary and MPCA will be coordinating a response on behalf of Michigan Health Centers. We encourage you to review the draft common formulary and send any feedback you have to Lindsay Sailor by August 21, 2015, for MPCA to finalize and submit comments before the deadline on August 28, 2015. In addition, MDHHS will be holding a stakeholder meeting regarding the common formulary on August 11, 2015. MPCA staff will be in attendance during the stakeholder meeting, but we welcome participants from member Health Centers to join as well. Please let Lindsay know if you are planning to attend.

Following the comment period, the final common formulary will be posted on the MDHHS website on January 1, 2016. Health Plans will test the common formulary in their claims systems January through March 2016 and begin transitioning members to the common formulary in April 2016. The common formulary should be fully implemented with all health plan members transitioned by the end of September 2016.

Final Preparations Underway for National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW) is less than a week away! The week-long celebration kicks off this Sunday, August 9, and Health Centers across the state have filled the week with more than 90 events celebrating Health Centers, their patients, and their communities. To see a full listing of Michigan Health Centers’ NHCW events, including health fairs, story hours, potlucks, and more, click here. To add your Health Center’s events to this national listing of events, click here

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed August 9 through August 15 as Health Center Week in Michigan. A copy of the proclamation and complete press release can be accessed here. To aid in sharing the positive impact Health Centers have in Michigan and across the nation, talking points have been developed. Please use the talking points during your events, when speaking to media, and even in your social media posts for the week.

It is not too late to invite elected officials to attend your events! Contact Colleen Healy at MPCA if you would like assistance reaching out to elected officials.

MPCA will be promoting Health Center events throughout the week, so be sure to send your photos to Alyssa Jones to share on social media. Don't forget to use the following hashtags when posting to social media #NHCW15 and #NHCWMi15. Later this week, NACHC will release a customizable infographic for Health Centers to tell their Health Center story. Be sure to watch the website for this great tool for you to use starting on Monday, August 9, 2015.

MPCA is hard at work coordinating staff attendance at your events as well, so let us know how staff can help! Email Colleen with any specific volunteer roles that we can assist with.

Thank you for your hard work leading up to National Health Center Week and throughout the year! We are excited to celebrate with you!

MPCA Welcomes New Staff

MPCA is happy to welcome Nashia Choudhury to our team; she began her new position as Health Center Growth Specialist on August 3.

Nashia is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Master of Public Health program with a focus in Health Behavior and Health Education. She comes to MPCA with some great professional and volunteer experience at Ozone House Youth and Family Services, Beaumont Hospital and the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit.

In this role, Nashia will focus on providing specialized, proactive support for new Health Center organizations, coordinating our community development and strategic growth activities, supporting Health Center capital development and championing effective Health Center board leadership.


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2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI

2015 MPCA Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015
Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, Novi, MI


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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.



Toolkit for National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and to help increase awareness on the importance of immunizations, the National Public Health Information Coalition created a toolkit to help target general and specific audiences. The toolkit includes key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, social media messages, web banners, posters, graphics, and links to additional resources.

Michigan Communities Recognized for Commitment to Water Fluoridation

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced eight Michigan communities have been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their contributions to oral health through community water fluoridation.

The City of Brighton, the City of Mason, and Plainfield Township have been recognized as part of the 2014 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Awards, which recognize communities that have maintained a community water fluoridation program for the last 50 years. Boyne City, City of Bronson, Village of Cassopolis, City of East Jordan, and Traverse City received 2014 Community Water Fluoridation Reaffirmation Awards for reaffirming their commitment to maintaining a community water fluoridation program through a public vote, community council vote, or other commitment during the year.

These awards demonstrate the commitment to quality by these community water systems. Water fluoridation benefits all residents of a community and it has demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime.

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. The CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.

Michigan consistently exceeds the CDC recommendations for community water supplies by having 90 percent of our population on community water systems accessing fluoridated water.

Additional Resources on Fluoridation

A new report from the Children's Dental Health Project titled Fluoridation Advocacy: Pew's Contributions and Lessons That Emerge, explores the positive impact The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) has had on advocacy for community water fluoridation. The report reviews several campaigns Pew assisted and identifies key lessons learned from Pew's experiences. The lessons can help guide state and local advocates working to preserve and expand fluoridation. 

The Network for Public Health Law recently published an issue brief on fluoridation focusing on the distinct regulatory and oversight roles the federal, state, and local officials have.

Campaign for Dental Health, an AAP-led coalition of 100+ local,state and national organizations, has many helpful resources and downloadable fact sheets on fluoride available on their website.

Substance Abuse Service Expansion Grant Announced

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced an exciting grant opportunity last week, awarding an approximate $100 million through competitive supplements to support Health Center applicants improve and expand the delivery of substance use disorder services focusing on Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) in opioid disorders.

Health Centers may apply for the Substance Abuse Service Expansion grant for fiscal year 2016 funding. The program will require all applicants to meet the following goals: establish and/or enhance an integrated primary care/behavioral health model; increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); increase the number of patients with Health Center-funded access to MAT for opioid use; and coordinate services for patients to achieve and sustain recovery.

Application submission instructions are available at HRSA and are due to by September 28, 2015, and due to EHB by October 14, 2015. A technical assistance call is scheduled for August 6, 2015, from 3 to 4 pm ET. For audio: 888-989-5164, passcode: 9875098.

Nominations for National Advisory Council on Migrant Health Sought

The Health Resources and Services Administration and the Bureau of Primary Health Care is seeking assistance in identifying and/or nominating qualified individuals for membership to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH).

The NACMH advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) regarding the direction HHS should take in providing health care for migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. For details on eligibility requirements, number of vacancies, selection criteria, application process, and other information, refer to the Request for NACMH Nominations. Deadline for nominations is rolling.

Nominations Sought for School-Based Health Care Supporters 

Every year, the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI) recognizes individuals who have contributed or supported school-based health care in Michigan. It's time once again to nominate individuals for The Marilynn Keeslar Award and The Apple Award. Please take a moment to nominate a staff person, community member, advisory board member, school person, parent, etc. who has gone above and beyond for the health and well-being of Michigan’s youth.

Now Accepting National Association of Community Health Centers Committee Applications 

Are you interested in serving on a National Association of Community Health Centers committee?

Applications are being accepted for the following committees: Bylaws, Clinical Practice, Consumer/Board Member, Credentials, Farmworker Health, Finance, Health Care for the Homeless, Health Policy, HIV and Behavioral Health, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Program Planning, Rules, and Rural Health. In addition, nominations for the following task force and subcommittees are being sought: Health Care in Public Housing Task Force, Health Center Controlled Networks Task Force, Subcommittee on Elderly Issues, and Subcommittee on Health Center Financing and Operations.

The application deadline is September 30, 2015. Apply online at

More State & National News





Webinar: Technical Assistance for Review of Multiple Chronic Conditions Education and Training Materials 
August 19, 2015, 2:30 - 4 pm ET
September 17, 2015, 2:30 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: State Policies and Strategies Supporting Community Health Workers

August 5, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Substance Abuse Service Expansion FOA Technical Assistance Call
August 6, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
For audio,dial in to 888-989-5164, passcode 9875098
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Protecting the Vulnerable Patient: The Roles of Health Centers and Free Clinics
August 11, 2015, 3 pm ET
Host: ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA

Webinar: Effective Advocacy for Oral Health
August 12, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: DentaQuest

Protecting the Vulnerable Patient: The Roles of Health Centers and Free Clinics
August 12, 2015, 12 pm ET
Host: ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA

Substance Abuse Service Expansion Resources Webinar
August 12, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Call for Proposals: Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs 2016 Annual Conference
Proposals Due: September 4, 2015
Host: Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Developing & Implementing the Health Center's Quality Improvement Program
October 21, 2015
Marriott Indianapolis North, Indianapolis, IN
Host: Midwest Clinicians' Network

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 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 




Health Innovation Grants
Funder: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Due: August 26, 2015

Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI)
Funder: National Indian Health Board, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: August 31, 2015

Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R01)
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Due: September 7, 2015

Service Area Competition
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: September 28, 2015

Substance Abuse Service Expansion FOA FY 2016

Funder:  Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: September 28, 2015


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