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MPCA eUpdate | September 29, 2015
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September 29,  2015
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Kalamazoo Health Center Leader Named MPCA Board President

Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been named Board Chair for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association for Michigan Health Centers.

“It is an exciting time for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), having advanced from neighborhood and back-door clinics, to the largest health care delivery system for underserved individuals all across America,” states Crawford. “FQHCs have mastered the skill of delivering high-quality health care with dignity and compassion in a cost-efficient manner; we are a leading force in today’s health care environment. I am honored to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring and progressive individuals and look forward to serving as the Board President for the association representing Michigan Health Centers.”

Crawford earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has served as the President & CEO of Family Health Center since 2009 where her vision and fiscal management skills have increased health care access for the medically underserved in Kalamazoo county through securing several large federal and state grants including $9.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding and $1.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Prior to 2009, Crawford served as Executive Director of Physician Services & Ambulatory Clinics in Dowagiac, Michigan and 17 years at Borgess Medical Center in various positions. In addition, she serves on the Board of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, the Jennings Development Interplex, KC Ready 4s and the Local Initiative Support Corporation. 

Crawford received the gavel from Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, Advantage Health Centers, during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference held last month in Traverse City, Michigan. Ferguson served as MPCA Board President since 2013.

Save the Date: Federal Tort Claims Act Webinar 

Does your Health Center meet the deeming requirements and have Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) processes built into its policies and procedures? We've updated our FTCA resources and want to provide a refresher on content, resources and a toolkit to make sure FTCA requirements are in place.

Join MPCA for a webinar on October 14, 2015, from 12 to 1 pm ET as a new FTCA toolkit and other resources are highlighted. Health Resources and Services Administration documents and other resources have been reorganized in a user-friendly manner for ease of use and quick reference. In addition to providing an overview of the website and materials, a Q&A session will also be included. Save the date as registration will open soon. 

Primary Care Medical Home Education Seminar Scheduled

On November 19, 2015, the Michigan Primary Care Association and The Joint Commission will provide an educational seminar on The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification option.

The day-long workshop will enable attendees to learn the nuts-and-bolts of the PCMH certification process and how to be successful in achieving and maintaining PCMH certification. In addition to hearing from The Joint Commission, several Michigan Health Centers who have successfully achieved PCMH certification will share their experience. Register today

LGBTQ Training & Education Needs

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.

Reminder: Clinical Conference is October 16 - Register Today

The Michigan Primary Care Association 2015 Clinical Conference is less than three weeks away. 

This year's conference will focus on transitions of care, behavioral health and primary care needs in management of chronic diseases, quality improvement and the future of payment models, health information technology, providing quality health care for the LGBTQ population, best practices identified by operational assessments, clinical research in Health Centers, integrated care and evolving workforce.

Educational and networking opportunities abound at the fall conference if you are an oral health provider, behavioral health professional, pharmacy staff, primary care clinician or a health IT professional. The draft agenda is available as well as conference and hotel registration. Don't miss out on this great educational opportunity and register today!

Enhance Your Recruiting Results & Clinical Experience: Two-Part Webinar

Is your Health Center looking for ways to enhance your recruitment efforts? Has your Health Center worked with student clinical rotations that seem just too short to really foster a lasting relationship with a medical student?

In October, the Michigan Primary Care Association will host a two-part webinar series to introduce Michigan Health Centers to Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC). The CCC is a longitudinal clerkship that presents Michigan Health Centers with the chance to engage in a unique clinical rotation and collaboration opportunity over a 24-week clerkship. The clerkship can cultivate lasting relationships with medical students who will be prospective candidates in the near future.

The webinar will feature Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, Family Practitioner and Assistance Professor at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, who is the director of the CCC. During the two-part webinar, attendees will learn how a longitudinal clerkship prepares physicians to work in rural and underserved regions of Michigan.

The webinar series is targeted for Health Center executive, clinical, and human resources leadership. Part I is scheduled for October 13, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET and Part II will take place on October 27, 2015 from 12 - 1 pm ET.


More News from MPCA



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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, Michigan

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

Save the Date: Webinar - Federal Tort Claims Act Toolkit and Related Resources
October 14, 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, 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


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.



Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit Seeks Presenters

Each spring, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) hosts a national conference that brings together hundreds of leaders in government, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work to share ideas, insights and best practices about how integrating legal care into health care can help combat health-harming social conditions.

If you attended MPCA’s annual conference in August, you may have heard Ellen Lawton, NCMLP lead, present on the topic of medical-legal partnerships through their experience working with 80 Federally Qualified Health Centers across the United States.

Planning is currently underway for the 11th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit and you are encouraged to share your expertise at the Summit, held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 6 - 8, 2016.

Proposals are welcome from front-line civil legal aid attorneys and paralegals, community health workers, doctors, nurses, patient navigators, public health practitioners, and social workers; faculty, researchers and students from law, medical, nursing, public health, and social work schools; and representatives from government and professional associations related to law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work. Individuals do NOT need to be part of an active medical-legal partnership to submit a session proposal.

This year’s Summit will pay particular attention to how partners are re-orienting their practice, policies or data collection efforts in the interest of more efficient and meaningful collaboration.

Proposal submissions are due by December 4, 2015 by 8 pm ET.

National Homeless Awareness Week   

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) announced November 14 - November 22, 2015, as Homeless Awareness Week. The annual event is a national effort to raise public awareness about issues relating to homelessness. MCAH has created a toolkit to assist with outreach and awareness including press releases, event publication, educational materials, event and advocacy ideas, proclamation template and more!

For additional information on raising the awareness of this special population, visit MPCA's Health Care for the Homeless webpage and be sure to attend the Annual Homeless Summit in Livonia, Michigan on October 28 - 29, 2015 where MPCA will present on homeless health care.

October Health Observances

Below is a partial list of the health observances occurring in October. A complete list can be found here

New Online Form Available for Logging EHR Complaints

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has launched an online form for EHR users to log complaints about certified products. "A user should first contact the developer or vendor (when a problem is encountered)" according to Jon White, MD, Acting Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT. However, if you experience any of the following, ONC would like to know: challenges related to data blocking, inability to EHRs to share or receive health information, usability issues, failure for certified products to perform as expected, and any concerns about health IT safety. 

For more information and to access the form, visit


More State & National News




Google+ Hangout: Why Nursing is Key to a Culture of Health
October 2, 2015, 12:15 - 1 pm ET
Host: Robert Wood Foundation

Webinar: Foundations of Grant Writing
October 6, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

Webinar: Coordinating Veterans' Health Care
October 15, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Home Health Quality Improvement

Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance Annual Meeting
October 20, 2015, 9:30 am to 2:15 pm ET
Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan

Webinar: Why All the Excitement of Logic Models?
October 20, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Office of Minority Health

2015 Annual Summit on Ending Homelessness
October 28 - 29, 2015
Holiday Inn, Livonia, Michigan
Host: Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Webcast: SIM Update with Elizabeth Hertel, Director, Health Policy and Innovation, MDHHS*
October 30, 2015, 10:30 am
Host: Michigan Primary Care Consortium
* The webcast is taking place during the Michigan Primary Care Consortium Board and Membership Meeting; however, the update from Elizabeth Hertel is open to all registered participants and will be an interactive webcast with Q&A.

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

Supercircular Training
November 2 - 3
Orlando, Florida
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Save the Date: Michigan Health Policy Forum

November 9, 2015
Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Managing Ambulatory Health Care I: Introductory Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers (MAHC I)
January 11 - 18, 2016
Delray Beach, Florida
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Save the Date: National Medical-Legal Partnership Summit
April 6 - 8, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana
Call for Proposals


More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center



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

Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program

Due: October 19, 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
Due: October 22, 2015
Funder: National Health Service Corps

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
Due: November 12, 2015
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

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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