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MPCA eUpdate | July 7, 2015
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July 7,  2015
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MPCA Welcomes New Staff

A new Clinical Specialist and a new System Administrator have joined the MPCA team!

Lindsay Sailor is a clinical specialist with a primary focus on maternal and child health, oral health and pharmacy. Lindsay brings a wealth of knowledge to MPCA from her previous work at the Family Health Center and has experience in quality management, health information technology, Patient-Centered Medical Home and project management. Lindsay can be reached at and 517.827.0889.

Jason Sharp is a system administrator and joined the VirtualCHC support team with a wide variety of experiences in the IT world. Jason will be heading up the continued rollout of MPCA’s new security aggregation systems, among many other things. Jason can be reached at and 517.827.0487.


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Webinar: Serving America's Veterans: How Health Centers Can Answer the Call
July 15, 2015, 10 - 11:30 am ET

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 - 5 pm ET
Crown 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.



340B Registration Window Open Through July 15

All Health Center sites that participate in 340B, and all contract pharmacies with whom Health Centers contract, are required to register with Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs.

The registration window opened on July 1, 2015, and will close on July 15, 2015. Registration information can be obtained here.

Media Tools Available for National Health Center Week Promotions

There comes a time when event planning gives way to event implementation and with National Health Center Week (NHCW) just five weeks away, event implementation will give way to event evaluation. Consider using any of the following tools as you move towards event implementation:

Social Media -  A great way to increase awareness is through social sharing.

  • Not sure what to say? Here are some sample social media posts
  • Use the following hashtags during the week to promote (even if you do not have an event): #NHCW15 & #MiHC2015 
  • Consider scheduling your posts ahead of time (but still be sure you watch the social stratusphere for interactions)
  • Change your Facebook cover photo and Twitter heading photo to support NHCW. Both also available in Spanish

Local/National Media - A great way to help a reporter with a story is through writing a press release or letter to the editor and even an opinion piece.

  • Templates to help you frame your message are available: press release, opinion, letter to the editor
  • Tag your local media in social media posts (and be sure to thank them via social media when they write/air the story)
  • Submit your event to the NHCW website (password: healthy)

For additional assistance in developing media content and materials, contact Alyssa Jones.

Advocacy Needed for Next Phase of Access is the Answer 

The latest phase of the Access is the Answer Campaign has launched! In a conference call on Tuesday, June 30, the National Association for Community Health Centers provided Health Center advocates with a series of action steps to be completed during the summer months in order to build and maintain relationships with elected officials.

The action steps include:

  1. Say Thank You to Elected Officials – Board Of Directors Appreciation Letter
  2. Invite Members of Congress to Visit Your Health Center
  3. Engage the Local Media
  4. Take the Pledge to Support Health Centers

Ongoing and reliable support from elected officials is critical for Health Centers to maintain funding levels, now and in the upcoming years. Moreover, Health Centers frequently depend upon elected officials to weigh in on policy issues impacting Health Centers and their patients. Expressing gratitude and staying in contact with elected officials are critical steps in solidifying the relationships your Health Center built with elected officials during the first few phases of Access is the Answer.

If you have previously reached out to elected officials on behalf of your Health Center, thank you! Now is the time to build upon the relationship you’ve already begun! If you have not previously advocated, now is the time to begin; YOU are an indispensable advocate for your Health Center because elected officials at all levels of government want to hear from their constituents.

To identify your elected officials and locate their contact information, click here. If you are a first-time advocate, send an email to Colleen Healy at the Michigan Primary Care Association and she will provide you with an update on recent issues and offer suggestions to help you get started.

THANK YOU for being an advocate!

More State & National News



Webinar: A Conversation with State Medicaid Officials on Adult Dental Coverage
July 10, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: National Academy for State Health Policy

Webinar: FY 2016 Budget Period Progress Report (BPR) Briefing
July 14, 2014, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule
July 16, 2015, 1:30 - 3 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar: Best Practices in ACA Outreach and Enrollment
July 23, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Aging Summit
July 27 - 28, 2015
Washington, DC
Host: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative
August 22, 2015
Detroit, MI
Host:National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative

2015 National Health Statistics Conference
August 24 - 25, 2015
Bethesda, MD
Host: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Michigan Conference
August 29, 2015, 8 am - 1:15 pm
Kensington Court Ann Arbor Hotel
Host: School Community Health Alliance of Michigan


More upcoming State & National events




 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Expanding Health Center Consumer Engagement through Technology
Funder: Care Message
Due: July 8, 2015

Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: July 15, 2015

Empowering Communities Through Shared Data and Information
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: July 29, 2015

Service Area Competition 

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: August 31, 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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