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December 1,  2015
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Healthy Michigan Plan Second Waiver Advocacy Webinar & Toolkit

On December 1, 2015, the Michigan Primary Care Association held an advocacy webinar for the Healthy Michigan Plan second waiver.

As we prepare for a decision from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, advocacy is focused on awareness and setting the stage, should additional steps need to be taken as a result of the decision.

During the webinar, the Healthy Michigan Plan, past and present status, was shared as well as a communication toolkit for Health Center staff and board members. In addition, beneficiary information was shared and links for resources were highlighted. 

The webinar will be posted soon. In the meantime, the presentation slides can be accessed here

Reminder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Begins January 1

It's that time of year once again and student loan repayment program application cycles are all the buzz. This year’s Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) application cycle is open from January 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2016.

The MSLRP helps Health Centers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental health care providers by providing loan repayment. Similar to last year, priority for awards will be given to applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For Health Center’s with lower Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, the MSLRP is the best option for your providers. Given the competitive nature of the MSLRP application process, eligible providers with qualifying loan debt, who are interested in participating in the 2016 MSLRP are encouraged to submit their application early in the application period to increase the likelihood of being selected for an award. 

If you have additional questions, contact Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman with any questions. Stay tuned for updates on National Health Service Corps as they become available.

Reminder: 2015 UDS Training & Finance Officers' Meeting Scheduled

On December 16 and December 17, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is holding the 2015 Bureau of Primary Health Care Uniform Data System Training and Finance Officers' Meeting.  The events are held back to back at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel in Lansing.

The Uniform Data System (UDS) Training will be held on December 17 for a full-day, in-person training covering the preparation of the 2015 UDS Report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion on the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used and those who use the data in their program management and improvement activities.

The Finance Officers' Meeting will be held on December 16 and is an opportunity for Health Center Finance Officers to discuss finance-related issues as they pertain to Health Centers. 

For more information and to register, visit MPCA's event calendar.


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Webinar: Colorectal Screening in Michigan FQHCs - Reaching 80% by 2018
December 3, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: QI Directors Network Monthly Meeting - Demo by Qualis Health for PCMH Assessment & Renewal Tools
December 9, 2015

2015 MPCA Operations Network Meeting
December 16, 2015, 
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

2015 UDS Training & Finance Officers' Meeting
December 16 - Finance Officers' Network Meeting
December 17 - UDS Training
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2016 Legislative Forum
March 8, 2016
Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2016 Health Center Board Member Training
May 10, 2016
The H Hotel, Midland, 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.



School-Based Health Care Essay Contest

The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan is holding an essay contest for Michigan youth who utilize School-Based or School-Linked Health Centers.

Stories will be posted on the Alliances website beginning in February for School-Based Health Care Awareness Month and will remain through April.

For more information, requirements and due date, visit My Health Story Contest.

Stay Up-to-Date on Influenza Information

According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of November 20, 2015, flu activity in the United States has increased slightly. In Michigan, the activity is sporadic. Stay up-to-date on influenza information with the MI Flu Focus from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. You can sign up to be on the mailing list by sending an email to Stephanie Cole.  

Past editions of MI Flu Focus can be accessed here.


More State & National News





Webinar: Staff Recruitment and Retention Challenges in PHPCs and How to Beat Them
December 3, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Health in Public Housing

Webinar: Uniform Data Systems (UDS) Clinical Measure Reporting
December 3, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Call In Info: 1-888-9893416; Passcode: 5998688

Webinar: Demystifying the HRSA UDS Dental Sealant Measure 
December 7, 2015, 11:30 am - 1 pm ET
Host: National Network for Oral Health Access

Webinar: The Affordable Care Act - Building Health Equity for LGBT People
December 7, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National LGBT Health Education Center

Webinar: How to Complete Your Count of Public Housing Residents for 2015 UDS Report
December 8, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Community Health Partners for Sustainability

Webinar: Market Assessment and Payer Mix Modeling in an Era of Health Reform
December 9, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Webinar: Payment Reform Readiness Assessment Tool
December 9, 2015, 4 - 5 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Webinar: Healthy People 2020 - Empowering People to Manage Their Diabetes
December 10, 2015, 12:30 - 2 pm ET
Host: Healthy People 2020

Webinar: Strong Communities - Understanding Intersectionality and its Role in Access to and Engagement in HIV Care
December 10, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Webinar: Hallmarks of High Performance at America's Health Centers
December 10, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Webinar: Oral Health Service Expansion Grant Technical Assistance (details will be posted soon)
December 11, 2015, 2 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Webinar: Implications of the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for ASOs, CBOs and Health Centers
December 14, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Webinar: Combating the Opioid Crisis with a Multifaceted Approach
December 14, 2015, 3:30 - 5 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar: Caring for Transgender Children and Adolescents in Primary Care
December 16, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: National LGBT Health Education Center

More Upcoming State & National Events



More resources in MPCA's online Education & Resource Center


Service Area Competition (May 1, 2016 Start)
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: December 2, 2015

Oral Health Service Expansion Grant

Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care / Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: January 16, 2016
**Technical Assistance Webinar - December 11, 2015, 2 pm ET; Details for the call will be posted here**

Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Regionalization of Care Grant
Funder: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Due: January 20, 2016

Budget Period Progress Report Non-Competing Continuation (June 1, 2016 Start)
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Due: January 22, 2016

Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Youth Treatment Implementation Grant
Funder: Department of Health & Human Services/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Due: January 26, 2016

Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Funder: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Due: Ongoing


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