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MPCA eUpdate | August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
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Take Action: Please Ask Senator Levin & Your U.S. Representative to Sign Health Center Funding Cliff Letter

Bipartisan "Dear Colleague" letters are circulating in the U.S. House and Senate which support Health Centers and call on Congressional leadership to work toward a solution to the looming Health Center funding cliff. Thank you to Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for co-leading the Senate letter, and to Congressman Sander Levin for signing the House letter. Please click here to contact Senator Carl Levin and your U.S. Representative today to ask them to sign the Health Center funding cliff letter that is circulating in their chamber. Click here to stay up-to-date on the most current co-signers of each letter.



Michigan Health Centers' Outreach and Enrollment Work Making an Impact

Michigan Health Centers now have hundreds of skilled staff members serving in outreach and enrollment capacities statewide. Each quarter, MPCA receives an update on the efforts of those staff in assisting eligible patients and community members in getting signed up for coverage. During the most recent quarter (April-June 2014), Michigan Health Centers provided 54,158 enrollment assistance encounters for patients and community members. Michigan Health Center staff worked to submit 21,194 applications for coverage and were able to positively enroll 18,963 individuals. Cumulatively (since July 2013), Michigan Health Centers have provided 135,877 assistance encounters, submitted 42,646 applications for coverage, and enrolled 34,658 individuals. Health Centers’ commitment to outreach and enrollment is certainly evidenced in this impressive impact! Read more

Thank You for a Tremendous National Health Center Week 2014

August 10-16 was a tremendous National Health Center Week 2014 in Michigan! Thank you to all of the Health Centers that participated and hosted events. A few highlights included Governor Rick Snyder's proclamation of Health Center Week in Michigan; President Barack Obama's presidential proclamation; the Michigan Department of Community Health's press release recognizing Michigan Health Centers as local engines for healthier communities; the national celebration teleforum hosted by HHS Secretary Burwell, HRSA Administrator Dr. Wakfield, and NACHC leadership including Michigan's own Ricardo Guzman, CEO at CHASS in Detroit and Chair-elect of NACHC's Board of Directors; an outpouring of support on social media (search for the hashtag #NHCW2014 on Twitter and Facebook); a wealth of media coverage; and, of course, the tremendous celebrations, many of which were attended by Members of Congress, State Legislators, and local elected officials. Click here for an online photo album on MPCA's Facebook page. If you have pictures to share, please email them to dlawrence We also encourage you to submit your best #NHCW2014 picture or video for the NHCW Photo & Video Contest—the submission deadline is August 29. Mark your calendar for National Health Center Week 2015, August 9-15, 2015.

MPCA is Hiring

MPCA is currently hiring for two positions: Program Coordinator, Access; and Program Intern, Outreach, Education & Enrollment. Click here for more information, and please share with individuals who might be interested.

340B Pharmacy Network Conference Call August 27

Members of MPCA's 340B Pharmacy Network are encouraged to join a conference call on August 27 at 2 pm ET to discuss the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's new regulations on medicines containing hydrocodone. The new regulations go into effect October 6, 2014. The conference call will be facilitated by Tim Mallett, RPh, Director of Pharmacy at Family Health Center, Inc. For call-in information, please email Diane Rydahl, RDA, Clinical Specialist at MPCA.

MPCA Launching Centering Model of Care & Learning Community with Pre-application Webinar September 9

MPCA is pleased to have received funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to provide technical assistance with a goal of expanding the CenteringPregnancy® model of care in Michigan Health Centers. MPCA's clinical staff has worked with MDCH and the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) to develop a plan for providing support for start-up costs and implementing a Learning Community with selected Michigan Health Center to fully implement CenteringPregnancy®. Health Centers will be selected through a competitive application process based on readiness for transformation and on populations/services of focus. MPCA is hosting a pre-application webinar on September 9, 2014, at 10-11 am ET to provide an overview of the project's scope, eligibility requirements, application, and implementation timeline. Click here to register.

More News from MPCA



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MPCA office will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day

Centering Model of Care & Learning Community Pre-application Webinar

September 9, 2014, 10-11 am ET

Implementation of Developmental Screenings in FQHCs
September 11, 2014, 9:30 am-2 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI

Assessment Tools & Evaluation Processes for Health Center Boards (webinar)
September 16, 2014, 10-11 am ET

Putting the Pieces Together for Comprehensive Care
October 15, 2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo, MI
Sponsor & Exhibitor opportunities available until September 15

Save the Date: Outreach & Enrollment Training & Network Event
October 23, 2014
Best Western Plus Lansing, Lansing, MI
Registration opening soon

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.



Volunteers Needed to Help with Cleanup from Detroit Flood 

Volunteers are desperately needed to assist with cleanup from the recent flooding that devastated several communities in the greater Detroit area. Click here for more information about volunteering or call 248.547.8646. Meanwhile, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and local officials in the Metro Detroit area will be conducing joint preliminary damage assessments this week. Click here for more information from the Michigan State Police.

NACHC Launches New Primary Care Funding Cliff Resource Library

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has launched an online primary care funding cliff resource library to assist Health Centers in educating the public, their patients, and elected leaders about the critical need to fix the cliff. It includes talking points, frequently asked questions, and a tool for estimating what the impact of the primary care cliff would be on YOUR Health Center. NACHC also released data, fact sheets, and info graphics that underscore the ripple effect of economic benefits that Health Centers are generating while also improving public health. Please use these resources to continue to showcase the significant contributions your Health Center is making locally, the network of Michigan Health Centers is making statewide, and the network of America's Health Centers is making nationally.

MDCH Announces Health Innovations Funding Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced last week the opportunity for organizations to apply for one-time health innovation grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 that demonstrate an innovative approach to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of Michigan's health services and have the potential for replication within the State of Michigan. MDCH plans to award funding to approximately 40-50 projects. Questions from potential applicants are due by September 5, and grant applications are due September 22, 2014.

Consumers Encouraged to Send in Requested Documents Now to Keep Marketplace Coverage

The Federal Health Insurance Marketplace began sending notices the week of August 11th to consumers with a citizenship or immigration data matching issue (also called an inconsistency) who have not responded to previous notices via mail, email, and phone. While the Federal Marketplace has already received documents and cleared a large number of data inconsistencies related to citizenship or immigration status, consumers who have not yet responded must act now and submit supporting documents by September 5 or their Marketplace coverage will end on September 30, 2014. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed resources to help assisters ensure patients continue to receive coverage. The resources are available on, and include the Tips to Resolve Outstanding Data Matching Issues or Application Inconsistencies webinar, a list of documents consumers can submit to the Marketplace to resolve data matching issues, and the Five Things Assisters Should Know about Data Matching Terminations fact sheet.

Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Update

As of Monday, August 25th, 373,171 Michiganders are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan's expanded Medicaid program). Each week the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) posts updated enrollment statistics and MPCA provides a county-by-county analysis, which includes health plan enrollment and the estimated eligible enrolled.


Michigan Health Endowment Fund Announces Additional Listening Tour Sessions

The board of directors of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is hosting the second and third sessions in a listening tour on September 4 in Marquette and September 15 in Midland. The goal of the listening tour sessions is for the board to gain a deeper understanding of the health issues confronting Michigan residents and to familiarize the public with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The sessions are open to members of the general public and representatives of health-related organizations. Click here for more information and to register to attend a session.

Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2014 Geiger Gibson Capstone Fellowship

The Geiger Gibson Capstone Fellowship in Community Health Policy & Leadership at George Washington University is designed to meet the professional needs of mid-level and senior staff pursuing leadership careers in Health Centers and Primary Care Associations. It is a partnership effort between NACHC and the Geiger Gibson Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Click here for more information about the Fall 2014 Capstone, which consists of four interactive webinars over a one-month period prior to the October 6-8 onsite program in Washington, DC.  


More State & National News



2014-15 Flu Vaccination Season Kickoff Webinar
August 27, 2014, 12-1 pm ET
Host: Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health

The New Look of CHAMPS Virtual Trainings
Various dates in August, September, and October 2014
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health

Medicare PPS Implementation Trainings
Various dates/locations beginning September 3, 2014
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

Introduction to the UDS Mapper 
September 3, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: HRSA, John Snow Inc., Robert Graham Center

Healthy Safety Net 2014: A Blues Symposium
September 8, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Save the Date: Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in Michigan: A Call to Action 
September 10, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Cancer Consortium

Public Forum #5: Michigan's Integrated Care Demonstration

September 11, 2014, 10 am-12 pm
Northern Michigan University (Bottum University Center, Great Lakes Rooms)
Marquette, MI
250 conference call lines available on first come first served basis
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health

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



2014 Brighter Futures Community Grant
Funder: Delta Dental Foundation
Due: September 15, 2014

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

Health Innovation Grants

Funder: Michigan Department of Community Health
Due: September 22, 2014

National Indian Health Outreach & Education
Funder: Indian Health Service
Due: September 25, 2014

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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