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MPCA eUpdate | April 25, 2014
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April 25, 2014
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Access is the Answer: Collect Letters of Support for Your Health Center

There is still much work to be done to ensure adequate funding for Health Centers and to stop the federal funding cliff that looms at the end of Fiscal Year 2015. That's why it is critical that EVERY Health Center participate in the second phase of the Access is the Answer campaign by collecting 5 letters of support from local elected officials and 10 letters of support from community partners by May 31. Read more

Start Planning Now for Health Center Week

This year's National Health Center Week will take place August 10-16, 2014. Start planning now for how your Health Center will celebrate, and please email Dana Lawrence at if you need assistance and to keep MPCA updated on your plans so we can help spread the word.


MPCA's Website & Online Community Gets a New Look

MPCA launched a new website and online community this week at We invite you to visit, navigate around, check out our calendar of events, and register for upcoming trainings and events. Registration is now open for several upcoming on-site trainings, including Successfully Securing & Managing Grants on May 6 in Lansing; Health Center Board Member Training on May 16-17 in Midland; 2014 Network Formation Kickoff Event on May 20 in East Lansing; and Triple Play: Addressing Multiple Initiatives, Data & Sustainability on May 21 in East Lansing. Please note, you must be logged in to receive the discounted member rate. If you have any questions about the website, how to log in to your profile for the first time, or how to register for an event, please email

MPCA Names New Workforce Specialist

MPCA is pleased to announce that J. Ryan Grinnell has been named Workforce Program Specialist. He will be transitioning from his current role as Program Coordinator working with communications and shortage designations. Read more

MPCA Collaborating to Offer Regional Perinatal Summit July 23

MPCA is collaborating with the North Central Hospital Council of the Michigan Health and Hospitals Association and the Michigan Association of Health Plans to present the regional Perinatal Summit for northern lower Michigan on July 23 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme. Read more

More News from MPCA


Training Medical Physicians to Provide Mental Health Care (webinar 2 in a 2-part behavioral health series)
May 6, 2014, 3-4 pm ET

Successfully Securing & Managing Grants
May 6, 2014, 8 am-4:30 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

When to Consider Borrowing (webinar)
May 7, 2014, 1-2 pm ET

Introduction to the Network Formation Exploratory & Strategic Mapping Process
May 13, 2014, 12-12:45 pm ET

Membership & Governance Board Committee Conference Call
May 15, 2014

Health Center Board Member Training
May 16-17, 2014
The H Hotel, Midland, MI

Health Policy Committee Conference Call
May 19, 2014

2014 Network Formation Kickoff Event
May 20, 2014, 12-4 pm ET
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Triple Play: Addressing Multiple Initiatives, Data & Sustainability
May 21, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Dental Meaningful Use: It's Not Too Late (webinar)
May 23, 2014, 12-1:30 pm ET

More MPCA Events


More Health Center News

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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.


Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Continues Strong

As of April 21, 2014, over 139,770 Michiganders have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Enrollment statistics are now updated every Monday at 3 pm and posted on the MDCH website.

Senate Subcommittee Approves FY 2015 DCH Budget

The Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee met April 22 and voted out of committee its recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Community Health (DCH) budget. (The House Appropriations Subcommittee and Full Appropriations Committee already voted on their FY 2015 budget for DCH). Included are significant changes from the Governor’s budget and the House version. Read more

REMINDER: Deadline for MSLRP is April 30

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) application deadline is April 30, 2014. Loan repayment agreements for successful FY 2015 applicants will begin on October 1, 2014, and continue through September 30, 2016. Read more

REMINDER: FTCA Deeming Deadline May 23

Program Assistance Letter 2014-03 (PAL) released by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) details the process by which Health Centers must submit Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) applications for Calendar Year 2015. Deeming applications are due by Friday, May 23, 2014.

NHSC 2014 Site Application Cycle Open to New Participants
New sites and sites that have never been approved for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) can apply through June 16, 2014, at 11:59 pm ET. The NHSC is hosting a new site application assistance conference call on May 1, 2014, at 1-3 pm ET (1.888.391.7045; passcode 2240736). You may also listen to a pre-recorded TA webinar. Content to be presented during the May 1 conference call will mirror information presented on the previously recorded webinar.

UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Executive Program Application Deadline April 30
The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) provides a unique opportunity for executives of Health Centers and AIDS Service organizations to participate in an 11-day intensive management training session, held annually at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Read more

FDA Proposes New Rule to Regulate E-cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. To address this public health problem, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) proposes extending its authority to cover additional products, including e-cigarettes. Read more

More State & National News


2014 National Oral Health Conference
April 28-30, 2014
Fort Worth, TX
Host: American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors

Impact of Capital Projects on Health Centers: Growth, Financial Trends, and Operational Transformation (webinar)
April 30, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Developing Strategic and Business Plans that Result in Action (seminar)
April 30-May 1, 2014
Miami Beach, FL
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

BPHC All Programs Webcast (Health Centers, FQHC Look-Alikes, PCAs, NCAs, HCCNs)

May 1, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Newly Funded Grantee Webinar Series

May 1, May 8, May 15, 2014
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

More Upcoming State & National Events

Upcoming Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center


The Kresge Foundation Community Health Partnerships Grant
Funder: The Kresge Foundation
Due: Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time

Michigan Title X Family Planning Grants, FY 2014-15: Select Counties
(Barry, Branch, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Lapeer, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Van Buren counties)
Funder: Michigan Department of Community Health
Letter of Intent to Apply Due: May 9, 2014
Full Application Due: May 23, 2014

Integration of Oral Health & Primary Care Practice Technical Assistance Grant
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: June 19, 2014

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children & Adolescents (R21)
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: May 7, 2017

More Funding Opportunities

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 by subscribing at

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.MPCA's federal grant program titled "State and Regional Primary Care Associations” allows MPCA to provide technical assistance and support to Health Centers in Michigan and is 100% funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.

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