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July 8, 2014
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National Health Center Week Just a Little Over One Month Away

This year's National Health Center Week (August 10-16) kicks off in a little over a month. If you haven't posted the details of your Health Center's event(s), we encourage you to post them today on the National Health Center Week website.


Call for Comprehensive Care Conference Presentation and Poster Proposals

MPCA is accepting presentation and poster proposals for the upcoming conference, Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care, taking place October 15, 2014, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and 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 clinicians at Michigan Health Centers and other community safety net providers. The deadline to submit a presentation proposal or a poster proposal is August 11. Online conference registration will open soon, so watch for more information. 

2014 MPCA Annual Conference Earlybird Registration Rates Available Until July 19

The discounted earlybird registration rates for the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference are available until July 19. Don't miss out - register today so you can learn, network, and celebrate with your Michigan Health Center colleagues August 3-5 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Sponsorship, Exhibitor, Advertising Opportunities at 2014 MPCA Annual Conference 

Would your organization like the opportunity to connect with Michigan Health Center decision-makers to share the products, services, and expertise that you offer and they need? Register today to be a 2014 MPCA Annual Conference sponsor and/or to exhibit at the Exhibitors Showcase on August 4 at the Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan.


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Teaching as a Recruitment Tool: Connecting to Providers Through Clinical Education
July 9, 2014, 10-11 am ET (webinar)

MPCA Executive Committee
July 15, 2014

Ovarian Cancer & Primary Care (webinar)
July 16, 2014, 8-9 am ET

Membership & Governance Committee
July 17, 2014

Supporting Consumers After Enrollment (Part 2): Education and Resources for Using New Coverage (webinar)
July 23, 2014, 8:30-9:30 am ET

PCMH 201: Laying the Framework for Patient Centered Care (webinar)
July 23, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm ET

2014 MPCA Annual Conference
August 3-5, 2014
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MI
Discounted earlybird registration rates available until July 19
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Save the Date: Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care
October 15, 2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo, MI
Presentation proposals accepted until August 11
Poster proposals accepted until August 11July 8, 2014, 10-11 am ET

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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 Update

As of June 30th, 315,578 Michiganders have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Enrollment statistics are updated every Monday at 3 pm and posted on the MDCH website. MPCA continues to analyze enrollment by county each week, including the percentage of enrollees by county that are enrolled in a health plan.

Governor Snyder Signs Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed the fiscal year (FY) 2015 state budget which takes effect October 1, 2014. "On behalf of Michigan Health Centers and the 600,000-plus patients they serve, Michigan Primary Care Association applauds Governor Snyder, the leadership of both legislative houses, and the Legislators involved in determining the Department of Community Health appropriations for passing a state budget that invests in increasing access to health care services for Michiganders who are most in need," said MPCA CEO Kim Sibilsky in a response statement. Click here to read Kim's response in its entirety. 

Plan First! Extended

On February 28, 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) issued a proposed policy bulletin that announced Plan First! would be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Plan First! is Michigan's Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver that provides Medicaid coverage for family planning and contraceptive services for women with incomes up to 185% of poverty. MDCH accepted comments on the proposed bulletin, during which time MPCA advocated for the extension of Plan First!, at least until the next Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period that begins in November 2014. Last Thursday, July 3, MDCH issued a final bulletin (MSA 14-28) announcing that Plan First! has been "extended for coverage from July 1, 2014, until further notice for beneficiaries who were enrolled in Plan First! on April 1, 2014, or may have been enrolled in Plan First! after April 1, 2014, and have not been determined eligible for full medical coverage." While MPCA advocated for the extension of Plan First! for newly eligible women as well as current beneficiaries, we are pleased to see Plan First! extended for those women already enrolled.

HHS Awards $83.4 Million to Train New Primary Care Providers

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 60 Teaching Health Centers across the country. Among the recipients are Hamilton Community Health Network, a Michigan Health Center, and the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. Read more

Mark Your Calendar: Michigan Primary Election August 5

All 83 Michigan counties will hold elections on Tuesday, August 5, including primaries for the state House and Senate. Click here for the official Michigan primary candidate listing.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund Conducting Listening Tour

The Board of Directors of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is conducting a listening tour over the next several months to gain a better understanding of the health issues confronting Michigan residents, and to familiarize the public with the purpose of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Registration is open for the first session taking place July 21, 1-3 pm ET, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. Five additional sessions will be scheduled in other regions of the state. The listening tour sessions are open to the general public and representatives of health-related organizations, and serve as an opportunity for participants to respond to questions about health concerns in their community, the barriers preventing people from achieving good health, and approaches that are working well to improve the health and well-being of children and the elderly. Requests for funding are not being accepted at this time.

NACHC Expands Outreach to Hire Veterans

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is expanding its outreach to recruit more veterans with the launch of a new video. The video showcases the compelling stories of veterans who work in Health Centers around the country, as well as directs potential veteran recruits to helpful job search resources. Read more

BPHC Hosting Technical Assistance Webinar on Budget Period Progress Report

All Health Center Program grantees requesting non-competitive continuation funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 must submit a Budget Period Progress Report (BPR). The BPR is a streamlined process for grantees applying for non-competitive continuation funding in HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHB). The BPR will be used by HRSA to assess progress and significant changes to approved Health Center Program funded activities. HRSA will release the FY 2015 BPR Noncompeting Continuation instructions soon. Meanwhile, mark your calendar to participate in a technical assistance webinar on July 15 at 2-3 pm ET.

Reminder: Scope Alignment Validation Opportunity Open through July 23

The Scope Alignment Validation (SAV) is a one-time opportunity for Health Centers to view their scope of project in the updated Form 5A: Services, and Form 5B: Service Sites, and to make limited allowable updates in HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHB). SAV opened in EHB on Monday, June 30, 2014, and will close on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 5 pm ET. Following SAV, Health Centers will be able to submit new Change in Scope (CIS) requests starting Friday, July 25, 2014. The Bureau of Primary Health Care has released several technical assistance resources to assist Health Centers in completing SAV: SAV Frequently Asked QuestionsSAV Video Walk-through, and SAV June 18th TA Session Recording


More State & National News



Screening for Viral Hepatitis within Behavioral Health Organizations (webinar)
July 9, 2014, 2:30-4 pm
Host: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

18th Annual 340B Coalition Summer Conference
July 14-16, 2014
Washington, DC
Host: 340B Coalition

FY 2015 Budget Period Progress Report Technical Assistance (webinar)
July 15, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Corps Community Day Kick-off (webinar)
July 17, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: National Health Service Corps

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

July 24, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan Annual Conference
July 24-25, 2014
Shanty Creek, Bellaire, MI

2014 Community Health Institute & Expo
August 22-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

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.

Upcoming Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Non-competitive Program Expansion Supplement for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part D Program, for Coordinated HIV Services and Access for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration 

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health: Cooperative Agreement Expanding Access to Care for the Maternal and Child Health Population (Category 1: Collaborative Engagement)
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: July 28, 2014

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: September 17, 2014 (3 pm ET)


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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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