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MPCA eUpdate | June 23, 2015
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June 23,  2015
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Resources Available for National Health Center Week Planning

National Health Center Week (NHCW), scheduled for August 9 - 15, 2015, is quickly approaching!
As a reminder, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is here to assist you as you plan events and prepare for the week, including developing media content and materials (contact Alyssa Jones) and inviting elected officials (contact Colleen Healy).

Please take a moment to review MPCA’s NHCW 2015 Resource List for information on organizations who are interested in partnering with Health Centers by providing exhibits and/or materials for NHCW. This document and other NHCW information and updates are available here. Don't forget to submit your events to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) so the details can be featured in the schedule of all NHCW events taking place across the country. MPCA staff will also reference this list of events to map out schedules for the week!

Please feel free to contact Alyssa or Colleen with any questions or for assistance as you prepare for NHCW. We are happy to help and look forward to celebrating 50 years of Health Centers with you and your communities!

Save the Date: Leadership Training Opportunity Scheduled for July 23

Michigan Primary Care Association in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are presenting a day-long leadership contract training and learning lab, Integrating Public Health Goals into Health System Transformation, on July 23, 2015.

The contract training and learning lab will concentrate on payment reform models, accountable care contracting, and clinical/financial integration models, with a special focus on integrating public health goals into contracting practices. Presenters will discuss negotiation strategies and key contract provisions and participants will utilize their contracting skills during an interactive learning lab.

Registration is now open. If you have additional questions, please email Llekken Neal or Jean Troop.

A detailed description of the training can be obtained here

Senator Stabenow Urges U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Fund Additional NAP Sites

On May 5, 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell announced approximately $101 million in New Access Point (NAP) grants to support 164 new Health Centers across the country, including eight grants in Michigan. Unfortunately, 300 Health Centers nationwide, including several Michigan applicants, did not receive NAP awards even though a significant amount of Health Center funding remains available and unobligated. HHS originally reserved the unobligated funds in case Congress failed to fix the Primary Care Funding Cliff.

With the extension of Health Center funding under H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, there is no longer a need to reserve FY 2015 funds. Accordingly, Michigan grassroots advocates, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) are urging HHS to release these funds for additional NAP grants and requesting Michigan's congressional delegation to support their advocacy effort. 

In response, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow expressed her support for Health Centers by helping to lead a bipartisan letter urging HHS to immediately utilize all FY 2015 funds to award additional NAP grants. Click here to send an email to Senator Stabenow thanking her for her leadership and consistent, longstanding commitment to Health Centers. 

Many thanks to all grassroots advocates who reached out to Senator Stabenow and other Members of Congress to request their support for Michigan Health Centers! 

To read a press release from Senator Stabenow’s office, click here.

Save the Date: A Health Centers Role in Serving America's Veterans


Until recently, the VA was not a major purchaser of health care from the private sector. Under new legislation, Health Centers are rapidly becoming a significant part of the VA's push into the private sector to meet the health care needs of America’s Veterans.

A webinar, Serving America's Veterans: How Health Centers Can Answer the Call, is planned for Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 10 – 11:30 am ET.

The webinar, presented by Katie Joselow and Kelly Engstrom from the National Association of Community Health Centers, will cover the ins and outs of the VA health system, how the Veterans Choice Act  and Patient-Centered Community Care Networks interact and how they affect a Health Centers' ability to provide health care to Veterans. The webinar will provide participants with the most up-to-date information and tools on how to work with the VA to provide much-needed health care to the Veterans in their communities.

Registration will be available soon; however, if you have a question or would like additional information in the interim, please email Sara Koziel or Colleen Healy.


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Population Health Management (Diabetes and Hypertension) with EHR Technology
June 24, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am ET

ICD-10 Boot Camp
July 7 - 8, 2015
Crown Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Learning the Principles of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Among Peers
July 16, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI

Contract Training and Learning Lab
July 23, 2015, 8 am - 4 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, 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.



Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration released the FY 2016 Service Area Competition (SAC) funding opportunity for service areas with a January 1, 2016, project start period. Technical assistance materials for applicants and frequently asked questions are available here

Verification of PCMH Status Needed 

Health Centers that have Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition by July 1, 2015, are eligible to receive the FY 2015 PCMH recognition supplemental base award. The Health Resources and Services Administration will award eligible Health Centers a base amount for recognition plus a per site amount. Continuation of this funding is contingent upon sustained PCMH recognition status of the Health Center's site(s). 

To receive the PCMH recognition supplemental base award, please review your Health Center's information here. If the information is correct, no action is needed. If  the information is incorrect, please send corrected information to no later than Thursday, July 2, 2015. Please use "2015 PCMH Recognition Awards" in the subject line and include documentation, for each site, as applicable. 

Governor Snyder Signs 2015-16 State Budget

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills to enact the 2015-16 state budget - the omnibus budget (SB 133) and the education budget (HB 4115).

The $54.5 billion budget includes funding for Healthy Kids Dental, a dental health program that is increasing access to care for low-income children throughout the state. The budget, which begins in October, allocates $12.7 million to expand the program into three of the most populous counties in Michigan - Kent, Wayne and Oakland. 


Though the state still needs an additional federal waiver to continue the Healthy Michigan Plan, Governor Snyder lauded the response to the plan, saying "600,000 Michiganders are now getting primary care instead of having to rely on the ER". He also said he does not expect that the soon-to-be-released U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect the state's program. Read more

More State & National News



Webinar: Strategies to Support Homeless and at-Risk Clients with Effectively Utilizing the Healthcare System
June 24, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: Department of Housing and Urban Development


Webinar: Champion for Coverage - Managing Finances and Healthcare Costs
June 24, 2015, 2 pm ET

Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar: Service Area Competition (SAC) Technical Assistance
June 24, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

340B Coalition Annual Conference
July 13 - 15, 2015
Washington, DC
Host: 340B Health


More upcoming State & National events




 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: July 15, 2015

Service Area Competition
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: August 18, 2015

Trafficking Victim Assistance Program
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: August 19, 2015


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. 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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