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August 11,  2015
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Happy National Health Center Week!

National Health Center Week 2015 is officially underway in Michigan and across the country! The weeklong celebration of Health Centers has been proclaimed nationally by President Barack Obama and in Michigan by Governor Rick Snyder.

MPCA salutes Michigan Health Centers for serving as local engines for healthier Michigan communities, and we thank each and every staff member, board member, health care provider, and volunteer for your commitment and dedication to the Health Center mission. Enjoy your celebrations throughout the week!

Did you know that Health Centers across the country provide comprehensive, high quality primary care to more than 24 million patients, including over 7 million children, while saving the health care system $24 billion? Click here to see NACHC’s newly released infographic with additional details. Consider sharing the new infographic as well as this customizable infographic with your community and elected officials throughout National Health Center Week!


Check out the listing of events at to see how your colleagues are celebrating across the state and nationwide. Members of Congress, State Legislators, and other community leaders are attending several Michigan events – a testament to the strong bi-partisan support Health Centers continue to receive.


Be sure to follow MPCA on Facebook and Twitter as we post highlights and pictures of celebrations throughout the week. If you are posting on Facebook and Twitter, please include #NHCW15 and #NHCWMi15 in your posts/tweets, and don’t forget to send pictures and any media coverage your Health Center receives to Alyssa Jones. Also, consider entering the NHCW Picture & Video Contests by submitting an original photo or video before August 21.


Lastly, mark your calendar to participate in a National Health Center Week Teleforum with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Health Center Program Founding Father, Dr. Jack Geiger, and high ranking White House Staff on August 12 at 2 pm ET. You can join the call directly by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and using the pin 15035.


Enjoy the week!


Call for 2015 Clinical Conference Presenters, Posters, Sponsors & Exhibitors 


The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is calling for presenters, posters, sponsors and exhibitors for the 2015 MPCA Clinical Conference scheduled for October 16, 2015, at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, Michigan. This year's theme is Improving Patient Health - It Takes The Whole Team.

The Clinical Conference is intended to include all disciplines within a Health Center and other community safety net providers. The conference is open to any organization. MPCA is developing a comprehensive agenda complete with educational and networking opportunities for oral health providers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacy staff, primary care clinicians and health IT professionals. As the agenda develops, the conference will focus on transitions of care, behavioral health and primary care needs in the management of chronic diseases, quality improvement and the future of payment models, health information technology, providing quality health care for the LGBT population, best practices identified by operational assessments, clinical research in Health Centers, integrated care and an evolving workforce. Each discipline will be addressed during general sessions and various breakout sessions and continuing education credits are available.

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, exhibiting at the conference, having a poster featured or becoming a sponsor, MPCA is looking to hear from you. Additional information on each opportunity is available below:

Sponsorship / Exhibitor Opportunities 
Poster Submissions 
Presenter Opportunities 

A Peek into the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference - Disruptive Innovations 

The 2015 MPCA Annual Conference, Disruptive Innovations, will be here before you know it (in 18 days if you're the counting type). And we're hard at work finalizing the agenda for two days of networking and inspiration!

The closing session on Tuesday, September 1, will be a "don't miss" gossip session! This session will not be mean and malicious, but rather smart and quite possibly the best, most disruptive way to foster primary care advocacy. Six-time EMMY® Award winning media coach Shawne Duperon will end the conference with highlighting innovative strategies that create good gossip  - the kind that influences change! This PhD candidate in gossip (yes, gossip!) used gossip theory to make the film's five-minute video go viral, which now reaches millions in social media and even captured an endorsement from Archbishop Desmond and support from Kristen Bell of Frozen. Shawne has recorded a message just for you - take a listen!

If you are a clinician, a must-attend session presented by former DEA Special Agent, Robert M. Stutman, will be held on Monday, August 31. Did you know, less than 7% of the patients who die from prescription drug overdose ever saw a "dope peddler”, but rather obtained their drugs from medicine chests that most often obtained via prescription from a medical professional. The session, Mitigating Risks for Patients Prescribed Narcotics, sponsored by Quest Diagnostics, will provide specific preventive steps to physicians to ensure patient protection, but their practice and their community as well.

Are you ready? Ready to refuel, engage, and return home with new ideas to strengthen your Health Center's programs, services, and operations? Early bird registration continues through August 19 - take advantage of the discounted rate and we can't wait to see you in 18 days at the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference!

EHR/EDR Assessment Survey

As a regular occurrence, Health Centers are reaching out to MPCA in regards to EHR/EDR and the every day challenges associated with the systems. In order to determine the need for assistance in regards to your current EHR/EDR system, level of satisfaction, interest in vetting new vendors, consideration of new vendors, and level of assistance you desire. selection. Please take a few minutes to complete a EHR/EDR Survey


More News from MPCA



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

Early Bird Rate Ends August 19

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



Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Announces Health Innovation Grants 

On July 31, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) announced a one-time funding opportunity for organizations to encourage cutting edge advances in health care. The Health Innovation Grant will fund between $5,000 and $35,000 to selected organizations who focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of Michigan's health services. Projects with the potential to be replicated within the State of Michigan are desired. 

MDHHS anticipates awarding 35-40 projects under the Health Innovation Grant. Questions from applicants are due by August 26, 2015, and all applications are due September 1, 2015, by 3 pm ET. 

Oral Health Leadership Cohort Program Accepting Applications 

​Are you a Health Center/safety-net oral health program leader with five years or less of experience? Are you eager to strengthen your leadership skills? Are you interested in enhancing your dental program management skills? If you answered yes, consider applying to the National Oral Health Learning Institute (Institute). 

The Institute can be an essential foundation building block in your career development as a leader of an oral health program within Federally Qualified Health Centers/safety-net clinics. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2015. 

Nominations Open for Outstanding Immunization Advocate 

Do you know an individual, community group or organization in Michigan who works to consistently raise and improve immunization rates? Improves the immunization process? Promotes immunizations through programming? Why not nominate them for the Alliance for Immunization in Michigan Outstanding Achievement Award. Nominations are due by September 7, 2015.

Fetal Alcohol Exposure Awareness & Education Day Scheduled 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the term given to the range of damage caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol from birth defects to neurological damage.

To continue to educate and increase awareness of the dangers of drinking while pregnant, September 9, 2015, is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Education Day. The CDC has Facts about FASDs as well as information on the research, data and statistics, and free materials to help further engage in FASD education and awareness. 

An international video campaign, 
Too Young to Drink, was created to help raise the international awareness on the dangers of drinking during pregnancy. If you are interested in joining the worldwide network, sign up here


More State & National News





Health Center Week National Teleforum
August 12, 2015, 2 - 3p ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
Dial-In: 877-229-8493, Passcode: 15035

Webinar: Clusters, Maps and Hotspots - Small Area Analysis in Maternal and Child Health
August 12, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Department of Health and Human Services

Pathways to Health Care Health Literacy Video Launch
August 12, 2015, 6 - 7:30 pm ET
Bookies Bar 'N Grille Rooftop 
Host: Greater Detroit Area Health Council and St. Francis Cabrini
Please RSVP if you plan on attending

Webinar: Asthma, Climate Change, and Health 
August 13, 2015, 12 - 1:30 pm ET
Host: National Nursing Centers Consortium

Webinar: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day
August 13, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Nonprofit VOTE

AHRQ Webinar: Creating Patient-Centered Team-Based Care
August 13, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Department of Health and Human Services

Webcast: The Primary Care Provider's Role in Preventing Suicide

August 24, 2015, 1:30 pm ET
Host: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2015-16 Flu Season
August 26, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University

Webinar: New Graduates and Health Care: Learn Your Options!
August 26, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: HHS Partnership

Medicare & Medicaid at 50: Their Past, Present and Future Impact on Health Equity
September 8, 2015, 9 am - 4:30 pm ET
Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Baltimore, MD
Host: Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Office of Minority Health

MBA and MI Bridges Navigation Training Session
September 21, 2015, 9 am - 12 pm ET
Grand Rapids, MI
Host: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Health Care Reform Conference
September 24, 2015, 8 - 11:30 am ET
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Host: Michigan Business & Professional Organization

Immunization Champions, Advocates & Mentors Program Academy
October 26 - 27, 2015
Rosemont, IL
Host: Gerontological Society of America

More Upcoming State & National Events



 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 




Students to Services Program
Funder: National Health Service Corps
Application Window Now Open

Health Innovation Grants

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

Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV
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

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program

Funder: USDA Rural Utilities Service
Due: September 30, 2015


More Funding Opportunities


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