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MPCA eUpdate | September 15, 2015
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September 15,  2015
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MPCA Welcomes New Staff 

MPCA welcomes Tom Kochheiser to our team as the Director of Member Services. Tom began with MPCA on September 7; however, he did make an early appearance at the MPCA Annual Conference last month in Traverse City. Tom has over 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, access to care and dental health education. He previously worked as the Director of Public Affairs and Communications with the Michigan Dental Association, where he also served as the liaison to outside boards and health care-related organizations.  

As director of member services, Tom will be responsible for the management of all membership activities, including board and membership meetings, assessing the needs of Michigan's Health Centers and developing strategies to increase and retain membership and sponsorships. He will also provide leadership for the Membership Services team including communications, training and events.

MPCA also welcomes intern Mike Finkel, who is currently working on his Master's in Public Health at Michigan State University. His primary areas of focus at MPCA are supporting the strategic planning process. In addition, Mike is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in the area of genomics and newborn screening.

2015 MPCA Communications Survey 

MPCA is building a strategic communications plan to guide our focus as we position ourselves as an innovative, health care partner for Michigan Health Centers. 

To help guide the focus of the plan, you are invited to share your anonymous insight through the survey link below. Your participation in this survey will help us focus our resources and build a comprehensive communication plan for the upcoming year and beyond.

The survey will take between five and ten minutes, depending upon your responses. While the survey is anonymous, there is an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing the survey. Respondents who choose to enter into the drawing will need to enter their contact information at the end of the survey.

2015 Communications Survey

The survey will close on September 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm ET.

Asthma Essentials in Primary Care Webinar Scheduled 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MPCA invite you to a  clinician education webinar on the essentials of asthma in primary care.

The webinar, scheduled for October 6, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET will feature Randall Brown, MD, MPH AE-C, Director of Asthma Programs, Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD) with the University of Michigan as the main presenter.
The program will include elements of Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE), an evidence-based University of Michigan - CMCD physician education program. The two-part webinar will emphasize cultural competence and problem-based learning to improve asthma knowledge, guideline-based care, as well as clinician/patient communication. 

Registration is now open for part one of the series. The date for part two will be available soon.

MPCA Honors Board Members, Volunteers, Partners & Staff at Annual Conference

During the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City, over 30 Michigan Health Center board members, volunteers, partners, and staff were recognized for their accomplishments and dedication to serving the residents of Michigan who lack access to critical primary and preventive care.

The ceremony held on September 1, 2015, presented awards in nine categories. The complete press release can be read here. The award category, award winner(s), and description of award can be found here and photos of winners can be found on our Facebook page

MPCA Honors Two Michigan Medical Services Administration Leaders with Leadership Award

During the opening session at the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City, two Michigan Department of Health and Human Services leaders were honored with a Legacy of Leadership Award.

The Legacy of Leadership Award is MPCA's premier award recognizing exemplary leadership that has significantly impact Michigan Health Center patients, the medically underserved and local communities. 

The 2015 Legacy of Leadership Award was presented to Jackie Prokop, RN, MHA, Director, Program Policy, Medical Services Division, and Kathleen Stiffler, Acting Medicaid Director, Medical Services Division.

The award was presented to Prokop and Stiffler on August 31, 2015. The complete press release can be read here. Additional information on the 2015 Legacy of Leadership winners and past award winners can be found here.
With over 325
 participants, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors in attendance, the 2015 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Annual Conference was the largest and most successful to date. The overall conference theme, Disruptive Innovation, featured sessions to challenge attendees to be disruptive, creative and innovative as healthcare moves into the future.    


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Webinar: MPCA Health Center Quality Improvement Staff Quarterly Webinar
September 29, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Asthma Essentials in Primary Care - What's New in 2015
October 6, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

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

Save the Date: Webinar - Introduction to CMU's Comprehensive Community Clerkship, Part 1
October 21, 2015, 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Save the Date: Webinar - Introduction to CMU's Comprehensive Community Clerkship, Park 2
October 27, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Save the Date: Corporate Compliance and Affiliations Training
November 11 - 12, 2015
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Save the Date: Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
Midland, Michigan


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.



MDHHS Appoints New Deputy Director for Medical Services Administration

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Nick Lyon announced Chris Priest will lead the Medical Services Administration effective October 12, 2015.

Priest helped guide public health care policy efforts in two states and helped state and legislative leaders develop the Healthy Michigan Plan.

Priest will also serve as Michigan’s Medicaid director overseeing several health care programs, including MIChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan. These health care programs currently serve almost 2.3 million Michigan citizens, including roughly 600,000 enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, and support a broad range of health care services, such as inpatient and outpatient hospital care, physician visits, prescription drugs, nursing home care, durable medical equipment, and mental health services. Read more.


More State & National News




Virtual Rural Health Symposium
September 16, 2015, 11 am - 1:30 pm ET
Audio: 1-888-323-9811, Participant passcode: 3622063
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: Health People 2020: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators
September 17, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Healthy People 2020

Webinar: Can We End the Epidemic? An Update on HIV Screening, Prevention, and Treatment 
September 17, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care 

Webinar: Enhancing Clinical Services in Health Centers - Leveraging an Understanding of Health Center Reimbursement Methods
September 23, 2015, 1 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

MLN Connects® National Provider Call
September 24, 2015, 1:30 - 3 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare and Medicare

Building a Trauma-Informed Nation - Moving the Conversation into Action Conference
September 29 - 30, 2015
Host: The Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma

2015 Fall Regional Immunization Conferences
Various dates and locations beginning October 13 through November 20, 2015
Marquette, MI - October 13
Gaylord, MI - October 15
Lansing, MI - November 3
Grand Rapids, MI - November 5
Flint, MI - November 6
Kalamazoo, MI - November 17
Dearborn, MI - November 19
Troy, MI - November 20
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

RSVP Food for Every Child Planning Meetings with the American Heart Association
All Meetings 10 am - noon ET
September 18, 2015 - Isabella Commission on Aging, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
October 16, 2015 - Saginaw, Location TBD
October 23, 2015 - Berrien Springs Public Library
October 26, 2015 - Pontiac, Location TBD
Host: American Heart Association

Policy Forum - A New Approach to Reducing Poverty and Increasing Economic Security
October 26, 2015, 1 - 4 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI 
Host: Michigan League for Public Policy

Financial, Operations Management/Information Technology Conference
October 28 -29, 2015
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Crain's Health Care Leadership Summit
October 28, 2015, 7:30 am - 1 pm ET
Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI
Host: Crain's

Your Oral Health Program - Strategies for Success
November 15, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
National Network for Oral Health Access
Indianapolis Marriott, Indianapolis, IN 
Host: National Network for Oral Health Access

Save the Date: 2016 National School-Based Health Care Convention and Advocacy Day Rally
June 26 - 29, 2016
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia
Abstract Submissions Open September 14 - October 26, 2015
Host: School-Based Health Alliance


More Upcoming State & National Events



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 



2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion 
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration 
Due: September 28, 2015

2015 Brighter Futures Community Grants
Due: September 30, 2015
Funder: Delta Dental Foundation

Benefits Enrollment Centers Request for Proposals
Funder: National Council on Aging
Due: November 13, 2015


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