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MPCA eUpdate | June 20, 2014
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June 20, 2014
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Continued "Access is the Answer" Campaign Efforts Critical

The Access is the Answer campaign is an ongoing effort to convince Congress that they must act immediately to fix the looming Health Center funding cliff. With the Health Center Program facing a 70% federal funding cut at the end of fiscal year 2015, we can't stress enough how critical it is that Health Center advocates take time to make advocacy a priority by:
As of this week, 3.7% (4,132) of the total number of petition signatures nationwide (111,346) are from Michigan (363 Michigan advocates signed the electronic petition and 3,769 signed a hardcopy petition). In addition, five Michigan Health Centers (Advantage Health Centers, Alcona Health Centers, Center for Family Health, CHASS, and Health Delivery, Inc.) reported collecting 100 letters of community support, which accounts for about 7% of the national total of 1,390 letters collected. Thank you for your advocacy! It's not too late to join the Campaign by collecting petition signatures and support letters!

Remember to Post Your National Health Center Week Event

Posting the details of your Health Center's National Health Center Week 2014 event is a great way to get the attention of elected officials and potential sponsors. With the week-long celebration kicking off on August 10th, many Health Centers across the country and in Michigan have already posted the details of their events, including:
  • Baldwin Family Health Care
  • FQHC Council of Southeastern Michigan
  • Health Delivery, Inc.
  • MidMichigan Community Health Services
  • Sterling Area Health Center
  • Western Wayne Family Health Centers
MPCA is excited to hear the event plans from ALL Michigan Health Centers. If you need any help in planning your event or inviting elected officials, please email Dana Lawrence.


Registration Now Open for 2014 MPCA Annual Conference

Online registration is now open at for the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference, "Strength in Numbers," that is taking place August 3-5 at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. The Annual Conference is MPCA's premiere conference that not only provides valuable educational sessions, but also offers opportunities for you to network with your peers from Health Centers across the state. A tentative agenda is also posted at (the online hub for the Annual Conference), as well as information about reserving your room at Crystal Mountain Resort. The agenda will continue to be updated, so check back often, and register for the conference today! #MPCAC14


MPCA Accepting 2014 Award Nominations

A tradition of the MPCA Annual Conference is recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of Michigan Health Center staff, board members, volunteers, and partners. This year’s award winners will be honored during the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference, at the 2014 Awards Breakfast held at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville on Tuesday, August 5. Click here for information about the award categories and criteria, and to submit a nomination by July 1, 2014.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities Available for 2014 MPCA Annual Conference

The MPCA Annual Conference (August 3-5 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan) presents a prime opportunity for organizations to share the goods, services, and expertise that Health Centers need to strengthen their operations and services, by participating in MPCA’s Sponsorship & Exhibitor Program. For information on becoming a conference sponsor and exhibiting during the Exhibitors Showcase on August 4, click here for more information or contact Barb Lincoln.


MPCA Welcomes New Associate Member

MPCA is honored to welcome Access Health, Inc. as an associate member, as approved by the Board of Directors on June 17. Click here to learn more about MPCA membership and click here for a full listing of current members.


Best Wishes to Neal Colburn in His Retirement

On June 17th, MPCA staff, Michigan Health Center colleagues, and friends recognized the contributions of Neal Colburn to MPCA, Michigan Health Centers, and the Health Center movement with a celebration at MPCA’s office in Lansing. Neal, who began his Health Center career in 1978 as a Health Center Executive Director, and currently serves as MPCA's Director of Capital Development, is retiring after 12 years of service to MPCA. Click here to watch a short video snapshot of Neal's years at MPCA, and click here for pictures of Neal's retirement celebration. We wish you the best in your retirement, Neal, and we thank you for all you have done to increase access to care - you will be missed! Neal's official last day at MPCA is June 27.


Doug Paterson Accepts Interim Executive Directorship at SCHA-MI

Doug Paterson, MPCA's Director of State Policy, has agreed to assume the Interim Director position at the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI). The SCHA-MI Board of Directors plans to conduct a search for a new CEO and would like to have someone in place within the next three to six months. Doug will continue to serve as the Director of State Policy at MPCA over this period of time, as well.


MPCA Seeks Input on Status of Michigan Health Center Workforce 

MPCA is seeking feedback from Michigan Health Center human resources staff to assess the current status of workforce at Health Centers across the state, training needs and topics they would like to learn more about to increase proficiency, and the preferred delivery methods for trainings throughout the year. As this feedback will guide MPCA's workforce training program moving forward, feedback from every Michigan Health Center is critical to ensure needs are being met. The survey takes only 5-10 minutes to complete and will be available until June 27. Please coordinate with the Human Resources staff at your Health Center to ensure that someone from your Health Center completes the survey. Please click here to access the survey. If you have any questions, contact Ryan Grinnell, MPCA's Workforce Development Specialist.


Save the Date: Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care Conference

Attention health care delivery staff from Michigan Health Centers and other community-based safety net providers in the state: Please mark your calendar for the MPCA-hosted conference, “Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care," taking place October 15, 2014, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo. The comprehensive agenda will consist of educational and networking opportunities for oral health providers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacy staff, and primary care providers. Watch for the full agenda and online registration to be available in the coming months and posted on the MPCA website at


More News from MPCA


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MPCA Finance Network Meeting
June 23, 2014, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

PCMH 101: Where Do We Start in Patient-Centered Care? 
(first webinar in the "Building the Foundation for a Patient Centered Medical Home" webinar series)
June 26, 2014, 11 am-1 pm ET

2014 MPCA Annual Conference
August 3-5, 2014
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MI
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
Annual Award Nominations

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 Hits 300,000 Milestone

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced on June 18 that within just 11 weeks since the launch of the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan's expanded Medicaid program), over 300,000 Michiganders are now enrolled. "Reaching this milestone attests to the tremendous demand for affordable health care coverage that exists in our state, as witnessed every day by the staff at Michigan Health Centers," said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA's CEO. Click here to read Kim's response in its entirety. Healthy Michigan Plan enrollment statistics are updated every Monday at 3 pm and posted on the MDCH website. This past Monday, June 16, enrollment was at 297,909; by Wednesday it had exceeded 300,000. MPCA continues to provide enrollment analysis by county each week, which includes the percentage of enrollees by county that are enrolled in a health plan. 

Mental Health First Aid Trainings Available for Michigan Residents

In an effort to help communities identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is encouraging Michigan residents to take a Mental Health First Aid training near them. There are currently more than 30 classes scheduled for the months of June and July across the state. Read more

Changes to Michigan J-1 Conrad 30 Program Application Cycle

Michigan’s J-1 Conrad 30 program is an excellent recruitment tool to help bring newly graduated International Medical Graduates to practice at your Health Center. As one of the requirements for the Conrad 30 program is that the provider must serve in a Health Professional Shortage Area, all Health Center Grantees are eligible to participate. Additionally, as safety net and primary care providers, all FQHCs meet the “priority criteria” for the program, ultimately increasing their application’s competitiveness. This year’s application cycle will only be open October 1-30, 2014, so now is the time to plan ahead. For more information, please contact Ryan Grinnell, MPCA’s Workforce Development Specialist.


MiCHWA Requesting Response to 2014 Community Health Worker Survey 

The Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) is surveying programs and agencies that employ Community Health Workers (CHWs). All agencies that have at least one CHW are encouraged to take the survey, which closes July 21. Click here to learn more about the survey. Survey responses will provide crucial data to assist state and local officials, health and human service system representatives, and health and human service payer organizations in understanding the growing array of CHW activities statewide to shape CHW policy and financing agenda in Michigan. 

NACHC Provides Analysis of Two Recently Issued Program Assistance Letters Impacting Health Center Operations

As reported in last week's MPCA eUpdate, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently issued Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-07 regarding Scope Alignment Validation in HRSA Electronic Handbooks, and PAL 2014-08 regarding updates to the progressive action process. Click here to read an analysis by NACHC that describes each PAL in more detail and the impact on Health Center operations.

CMS Launches National Education Campaign to Help People Make the Most of New Health Coverage

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative “From Coverage to Care” (C2C), which is designed to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage, to help them make the most of their new benefits, including taking full advantage of primary care and preventive services. It also seeks to give health care providers the tools they need to promote patient engagement. Read more

More State & National News



SAMHSA-HRSA Integration of Primary and Behavioral Care Services (webinar)
Health Begins at Home: Integrating Primary and Behavioral Care Services and Housing to End Homelessness
June 23, 2014, 1-2:30 pm ET
Host: HRSA and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Special/Vulnerable Populations Enrichment Webinar Series: Health Centers Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Populations
June 24, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration

Quality Management: A Primer for Clinicians (webinar)
June 24, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Essential Clinical Issues in Migrant Health (webinar)
Part 6: Integrating Oral Health into the PCMH
June 25, 2014, 1-2 pm ET
Host: Migrant Clinicians Network

New Medicare PPS for FQHCs: Operational Requirements (national provider call)
June 25, 2014, 1:30-3 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2014

Save the Date: BPHC All Programs Webcast
July 24, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET

More Upcoming State & National Events hosted by organizations outside of MPCA that may be of interest and benefit for individuals affiliated with Michigan Health Centers.



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Disseminating & Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology
Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Letter of Intent Due: June 20, 2014
Application Due: August 4, 2014

Fiscal Year 2014 Affordable Care Act Health Center Expanded Services
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Due: July 1, 2014

Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight
Applications Due: July 10, 2014
HHS is hosting pre-application webinars on June 24, and July 1 (each at 1:30-3:30 pm ET)

Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-based Health Services
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: July 17, 2014

Evidence-based Practices and Programs
Funder: Flinn Foundation
Due: July 24, 2014

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (R01) 
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: August 24, 2017
Due: June 16, 2014


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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 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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