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October 13,  2015
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Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Project Featured Blog

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Michigan Health Centers took center stage on the National Association of Community Health Center's blog. The post, Michigan Project Strikes Blow Against Breast Cancer, featured the work of eight participating Health Centers to boost screening rates for breast and cervical cancer, a project collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Primary Care Association.

The project, which began in March 2015, is showing strong results at the midpoint, so much in fact, the project has been extended another year with an increase in funding and an expansion of service sites. For more information on the Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Project, email Sara Koziel

LGBTQ Training & Education Needs Survey Closing Soon

Michigan Primary Care Association has initiated efforts to increase Health Center engagement in providing care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) population. National efforts to support LGBTQ population health are supported by both the 
National Association of Community Health Centers and Health Resources and Services Administration.

Please take a moment to complete this 10 minute 
survey to assess your Health Center interest, training, and educational needs regarding the LGBTQ population. The survey will be open until October 20, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact 
Llekken Neal.


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Federal Tort Claims Act Toolkit and Related Resources
October 14, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Webinar: Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool: Michigan Conversation with JSI
October 14, 2015, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Michigan Primary Care Association & National Association of Community Health Centers

2015 MPCA Fall Clinical Conference: Improving Patient Health - It Takes the Whole Team
October 16, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, Novi, Michigan

Corporate Compliance and Affiliations Training
November 11 - 12, 2015
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Pharmacy 340B Network Meeting
November 18, 2015, 9:30 am - 4 pm ET
Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Certification Program: An Educational Seminar for Health Centers
November 19, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, Michigan

Webinar: QI Directors Networking Monthly Meeting
December 9, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET 

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.



New Market Tax Credits Webinars

Do you understand the pros and cons of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) enough to know whether you should pursue NMTC financing? Do you know what your Health Center needs to do in order to achieve readiness for NMTC financing?

Capital Link is hosting two webinars focused on NMTC Readiness to help Health Centers understand the NMTC process.  In addition to the two-part webinar, one-on-one technical assistance will be provided. The first webinar, An Introduction to New Markets Tax Credit Financing, will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 2 - 3 pm ET and the second webinar, Achieving Readiness and Closing a New Markets Tax Credit Transaction - Lessons Learned, will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 2 - 3 pm ET. If you are interested in participating in the webinars and learning additional information on how NMTC can help your Health Center, please contact Mark Lurtz at Capital Link.

Save the Date - It's Time to Advocate! Access is the Answer Launch

It's once again time to focus on the next steps of the Access is the Answer campaign. On October 20, 2015, at 2 pm ET, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Advocacy Team will host a webinar to launch the next set of advocacy action steps as part of the Access is the Answer campaign. 

The registration link will be available soon; however, please send NACHC your activity reports for the current phase of Access is the Answer, so your participation can be acknowledged.

New Requirements for Participation in EHR Incentive Programs Published 

On October 16, 2015, the final rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria will be published. The final rule is currently on display in the Federal Register and can be accessed through the links provided.

Major policy provisions to EHR can be accessed here and additional information on the Health IT Certification Criteria can be accessed here.

Advocacy Legalese Webinar

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 2 pm ET, the National Association of Community Health Centers Advocacy Team  will host a webinar, Advocacy Legalese, in coordination with legal experts from Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell.

The webinar will focus on what Health Centers need to know to be compliant with IRS, federal, and state regulations when conducting advocacy and civic engagement work.. Presenters will discuss what funding streams may be utilized for advocacy and civic engagement activities as well as the do's and don’ts of advocacy and lobbying as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. 

Recommended Regional Managed Care Health Plans Announced

On October 13, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the Medicaid Health Plans recommendation for Michigan's Comprehensive Health Plan contract.

The Comprehensive Health Plan provides health care services to approximately 1.7 million Medicaid managed care beneficiaries. 

The new contracts announced will begin on January 1, 2016 and include changes to service area locations and requirements to align with the 
Prosperity Regions as well as a new Medicaid coverage group. The recommended health plans by region can be found here.


More State & National News





Webinar: 2015 PQRS Reporting - Introduction to Quality Measure Reporting
October 14, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar: Promotors de Salud E-Learning Program (Spanish language webinar in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month)
October 14, 2015, 2:30 ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Webinar: Access is the Answer Launch
October 20, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
October 20, 2015, 3 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Webinar: Improving Patient Management During Flu Season
October 22, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Quidel & Value in Purchasing Program
Event Password: Flu101

Webinar: Double Trouble - The Surprising Connection Between Diabetes and Tuberculosis and Opportunities for Meaningful Collaboration
October 27, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Diabetes Education Program

Webinar: Advocacy Legalese with Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell
November 4, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
November 5, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Webinar: HRSA/CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health
November 13, 2015, 2 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: October 16, 2015

Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program
Due: October 19, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Center for Sharing Public Health Services
Due: October 20, 2015
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Outreach & Enrollment Supplemental Funding Opportunity FY 2016
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Due: October 20, 2015 by 5 pm ET 

Students to Service Application 
Funder: National Health Service Corps
Due: October 22, 2015, 7:30 pm ET

Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity (April 2016 Start Date)
Due: November 2, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity  (May 1, 2016 Start Date)
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: December 17, 2015

More grant opportunitie


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