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September 22,  2015
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Public Comments on Health Michigan Plan Second Waiver Due October 3

As reported in the September 8, 2015 MPCA eUpdate, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) submitted a second Healthy Michigan Plan waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 1, 2015. The complete waiver application is available here

According to state law, the second waiver must be approved by CMS no later than December 31, 2015, for the Healthy Michigan Plan to continue. If Michigan’s second waiver is not approved, the Healthy Michigan Plan will end on April 30, 2016.

CMS is accepting comments on Michigan’s second waiver through October 3, 2015.

MPCA staff have engaged with numerous state and national partners over the last few weeks to strategize a collaborative approach to support the second waiver and MPCA is now in the process of preparing its comments to CMS. Health Center members and advocates are encouraged to submit their own comments in support of Healthy Michigan since continuation of the program is critical to maintaining health insurance coverage for over 600,000 Michiganders.

Click here to submit your comments on the Healthy Michigan Plan waiver to CMS. If you would like to offer your input to MPCA's comments or if you need assistance in drafting your own comments, please email Colleen Healy.

Outreach and Enrollment Training & Networking Event Scheduled

Registration is now open for the statewide Outreach and Enrollment Training & Networking Event presented by MPCA in partnership with Enroll Michigan. The day-long training will be held at The James B. Henry Center, in Lansing, Michigan, on October 13, 2015.

The day will feature practical sessions for Community Certified Application Counselors and Navigators focused on maximizing outreach, education and enrollment effectiveness, as well as sessions on Medicare, storybanking, enrolling immigrants and Michigan Medicaid Modernization. The complete agenda for the day can be found

Online registration is open until October 13, 2015 and hotel reservations should be made no later than September 25, 2015 to secure the group rate. Complete details on registration and hotel reservations can be accessed here.

Second Asthma Webinar Date Set

In last week's eUpdate, a webinar on Asthma Essentials in Primary Care was announced. Part 1 of the two-part webinar, brought to you by MPCA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, had a date scheduled for October 6, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET.  Please note the date for Part 2 has been set for October 20, 2105 from 12 to 1 pm ET. Registration is now open for both sessions. 

HHS Awards Over $18 Million to Michigan

On September 15, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support Health Centers nationwide and over $18 million to Michigan Health Centers.

Approximately $350 million for 1,184 Health Centers to expand services such as medical, oral, behavioral and pharmacy. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 Health Centers for facility renovation, expansion or construction to increase patient or service capacity. 

In Michigan, 33 Michigan Health Centers received $9,437,048 to expand services to 22,353 new patients for primary care and 9 Michigan Health Centers received $8,665,023 to renovate or acquire new Health Center clinical space to help meet the community needs. 

Reminder: 2015 MPCA Communications Survey 

A quick reminder to help MPCA build our strategic communications plan by taking the 2015 Communications Survey


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.

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


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: MPCA Health Center's Quality Improvement (QI) Staff Quarterly Update
September 29, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Meaningful Use Assistant - Demo by SA Ignite
September 30, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Webinar: Asthma Essentials in Primary Care: What's New in 2015
Part 1 - October 6, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Part 2 - October 20, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

Outreach and Enrollment Training and Networking Event
October 13, 2015, 8 am - 3:30 pm ET
The James B. Henry Center, Lansing, MI

Webinar: Introduction to CMU College of Medicine's Comprehensive Community Clerkship
Part 1 - October 13, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Part 2 - October 27, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET

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, 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.



CHASS CEO Named Board Chair for National Association

Ricardo Guzman, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), in Detroit, Michigan, has been inaugurated as Board Chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The inauguration took place during the 46th Community Health Institute and EXPO held in August in Orlando, Florida. 

“What began as a group of small neighborhood and migrant Health Centers, is today one of the most dynamic parts of this nation’s health delivery system,” said Mr. Guzman in his address to conference attendees. “We’ve learned, we’ve adapted and we have responded to the diverse needs of the people we serve.”


Mr. Guzman also called on Health Center leaders to help to lead advocacy efforts and secure a stable funding base for Health Centers, advance initiatives toward health system transformation and underscored the value of Health Centers in an increasingly competitive health care marketplace. 


“It falls on us to prove our value every single day, to make sure decision makers understand that Health Centers are more than just a program,” he said. “We provide solutions that lead to better care and reduced cost. We are an asset. We can help states address some of the very issues that drive up their costs. We know where the cost drivers are for states, hospitals and specialists.”

The complete announcement from NACHC is available here

Implementation of Michigan's Health and Wellness 4 X 4 Plan RFP Released

In June of 2012, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan which contains Michigan’s priorities for obesity prevention over the next five years.

The goal of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan is for every Michigander to adopt health as a personal core value. The plan describes the approach the State of Michigan will undertake in addressing wellness and obesity.

Although Michigan has made significant progress over the last few years with childhood and adult obesity rates leveling off, more efforts are needed to help change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living for all Michiganders. The priorities for 2014 – 2018 identify evidence-based strategies that have the greatest potential to accelerate our state goals of preventing and reducing obesity among Michigan youth and adults. 

Implementation of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan will require a collaborative effort by state, tribal and local governments; businesses, industry and other private sector partners; schools and community organizations; as well as individuals and families. Through these partnerships we can improve health and wellness by creating healthier communities and empowering people to make healthy choices.

To that end, MDHHS has issued an Request for Proposal (RFP) to assist community coalitions to implement components of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan. The deadline to submit questions concerning the RFP are due to Akia Burnett, Public Health Consultant, before 5 pm ET on September 23, 2015. All proposals should be submitted to Anita Powell no later than 3 pm ET on October 9, 2015.

The full plan and priority strategies can be found here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15, enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Be certain to visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website for commemoration ideas, complete history of Hispanic Heritage Month, health data and other resources. 

A complete listing of health observances can be found here.

Communications and Development Officer Recognized for Advocacy by National Association

Terry Langston, communications and development officer at the Center for Family Health, received recognition from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for his Health Center advocacy.

Langston received the Elizabeth K. Cooke Grassroots MPV Award from NACHC for his "constant effort and unflagging persistence as an advocate for America's Health Centers and their patients."

State of Michigan Receives $70 Million for Michigan's Blueprint for Health Innovation

On September 21, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Michigan has been awarded with $70 million in federal funding over the next four years to support Michigan's Blueprint for Health Innovation.

The Blueprint for Health Innovation is Michigan's final product of the State Innovation Model (SIM) planning process. 

Michigan’s model recognizes that better health requires a comprehensive approach involving safe and healthy communities, workplaces, homes and lifestyles. The Blueprint for Health Innovation will focus on transforming service delivery and payment models by focusing on patient and family-centered health homes; coordination and accountability of the medical neighborhood; a care-bridge to behavioral health and long-term care; and integration between and among health care and community resources, including the Pathways community hub model.  


More State & National News




Webinar: Reasonable Accommodation in an Unreasonable Legal Environment
September 23, 2015, 12 - 1 pm ET
Host: Michigan Center for Rural Health

Webinar: Learn More About Michigan's Waiver and How Your Organization Can Use the Public Comment Period
September 23, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

Health Center Quality Improvement Awards Technical Assistance Webinar
September 23, 2015, 3 - 5 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Coffee & Controversy: Why is HPV Important for our Youth?
September 24, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 am ET
Host: Greater Detroit Area Health Council

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

Webcast: Integrated Models of Care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders with Serious Mental Illness
September 24, 2015, 3 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Clinical Directors Network

Webinar: Enhancing Clinical Services in Health Centers - Leveraging an Understanding of Health Center Reimbursement Methods
September 30, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

Webcast: HRSA's Top 5 Most Common Audit Findings
October 6, 2015, 12 - 2 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Save the Date: Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) Technical Assistance Webinar
October 6, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Social Media Symposium
October 14, 2015, 9 am - 12 pm ET
Host: Blue Cross 

MI Health Link Public Forum
October 20, 2015, 10 am - 12 pm ET
Bay College Joseph Heriman University Center, Escanaba, MI
Host: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Call-in number: 1-888-363-4734  Access number: 4162210

Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan Annual Meeting
October 28, 2015, 9:30 am - 2 pm ET
Host: Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center



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

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

2015-16 Building Health Communities: Step Up for School Wellness 
Due: September 30, 2015
Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield

2016 Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care
Due: October 30, 2015
Funder: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Grant
Due: November 16, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services/HRSA

HIV Care Grant Program - Part B States/Territories Formula and AIDS Drug Assistance Program Formula and ADAP Supplemental Awards
Due: November 20, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services/HRSA

Disparities Leadership Program (DLP): Request for Applications
Intent to Apply: November 20, 2015

Sleeklens Academic Scholarship
Funder: Sleeklens
Due: March 31, 2016

More grant opportunitie


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The MPCA eUpdate is a weekly e-newsletter intended to keep Michigan Health Centers, MPCA members, partners, and friends updated on the latest happenings impacting Health Centers and providing care to the underserved. Please feel free to forward this to interested individuals, or they may request to be added to the distribution list. Information from outside organizations does not represent an endorsement by MPCA, and opinions expressed by outside authors are not necessarily official positions or policies of MPCA. This project is 80% supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the $1,186,260.00 grant number U58CS06824 titled “State and Regional Primary Care Associations”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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