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November 11, 2014
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Funding Opportunity Supports Centering® Pregnancy

MPCA is launching the first cohort of three Michigan Health Centers in the Centering® Pregnancy Learning Community for Michigan Health Centers, with a second cohort of 3-4 additional Health Centers possible in the summer of 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare your Health Center for applying for grant funding available through the March of Dimes Michigan Chapter. The March of Dimes awards one- to three-year grants that range from $10,000 to $25,000 to projects that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. The current grant funding cycle is open with proposals being accepted until December 1, 2014. 


Diabetes Training Module for Medical Assistants

We announced in last week's MPCA eUpdate that MPCA has designed training and educational modules specifically with Medical Assistants in mind and which focus on increasing basic knowledge of the related disease process and the specific role of the Medical Assistant as a member of the care team. The module introduced last week focuses on asthma. A second module, focused on diabetes, is now available. Click here to access the modules.


Reminder: Nov. 14 is Deadline to Apply for Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net Initiative

The deadline to apply for participation in MPCA's Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net Initiative (SOHSN) through funding and support from DentaQuest Foundation is Friday, November 14. Michigan Health Centers selected to participate will receive in-depth practice management technical assistance from Safety Net Solutions. This is a tremendous opportunity to grow and improve your Health Center's oral health program. Click here for the application.


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Post-election Advocacy Conference Call
November 12, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm ET
RSVP to Ryan Grinnell and receive call-in information 


Preparing for the Future: Developing Potential Leaders (Health Center Board Member Network webinar)
November 13, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET


340B Pharmacy Network Meeting
November 20, 2014, 9:30 am-3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI


Prospect Research 201: Developing the Ask (MPCA Fund Development Network webinar)
November 20, 2014, 11 am-12 pm ET

2014 UDS Training & Finance Officers Meeting
UDS Training: December 3, 2014
Finance Officers Meeting: December 2, 2014
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2015 Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI

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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.



Following the Election, Caucuses Elect Michigan Legislative Leaders 

Two days following the 2014 election in Michigan, Republican and Democrat caucuses elected their House and Senate leaders for the 98th Michigan Legislature. Both the Michigan House and Senate will have Republican majorities come January (27-11 Republican majority in the Senate, 63-47 Republican majority in the House). Combined with the re-election of Governor Rick Snyder, the GOP will hold a super-majority in the Michigan Legislature in 2015-16. Below is the newly elected leadership. Members of legislative committees will be announced in January. Click here for Michigan election results. 

  • Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), Senate Majority Leader
  • Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Senate Minority Leader
  • Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit), Senate Minority Floor Leader
  • Rep. Kevin Cotter, (R-Mt. Pleasant), Speaker of the House
  • Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), House Majority Floor Leader
  • Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), House Minority Floor Leader
  • Rep. Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt), House Speaker Pro Tempore

Implications of Midterm Elections for Health Centers

As a result of the November 4th election, the GOP returned to the majority in the U.S. Senate and it gained 13 seats in the House where it will hold a 243-179 majority come January. When the 114th Congress convenes, Michigan's 16-member Congressional delegation will consist of five freshmen: Mike Bishop (R-MI-8), John Moolenaar (R-MI-4), Dave Trott (R-MI-11), Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14). Now is the time to begin cultivating relationships with new elected officials and to deepen relationships with existing ones. Click here for a post on the NACHC blog about the implications of the election for Health Centers - namely, the need for Health Centers to continue advocating loudly for a fix to the funding cliff. It is vital that each Health Center demonstrates its value in providing high-quality care, preventing chronic disease and emergency room visits, saving money, generating economic benefits, and employing a robust workforce. Each Health Center must also demonstrate for both returning and newly elected Members of Congress the grave impact that a 70% federal funding reduction will have on the patients and communities it serves, the staff it employs, and the health care system as a whole. If you have any questions or need help with connecting to your Members of Congress, please contact Ryan Grinnell at  


Congressman John Dingell to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

On November 10, President Obama named 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among them is Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving Member of Congress. He has represented Michigan in the U.S. House since 1955 and is retiring at the end of this year. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is "the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security of national interests to the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," as defined in a White House press release. Congressman Dingell and the other recipients will receive their awards at the White House on November 24.


HRSA Awards Funding to Health Centers to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services

On November 6, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 Health Centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people nationwide. Among the awardees are six Michigan Health Centers: Advantage Health Centers, Baldwin Family Health Care, Family Medical Center of Michigan, InterCare Community Health Network, The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, and Western Wayne Family Health Centers.  


Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins November 15

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Saturday, November 15, 2014, and information about plans and prices is now posted at December 15, 2014, is the deadline to enroll or renew for coverage that begins January 1, 2015. The last day to enroll or renew for 2015 coverage is February 15, 2015. Enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP, and the Healthy Michigan Plan is open year-around. Click here to access MPCA's Outreach & Enrollment Toolkit, which is full of information and resources to support Michigan Health Centers' efforts to educate and assist Michiganders in enrolling in the coverage option that is best for them.


NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Opening in 2015

The next NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Application Cycle is expected to open in January or February 2015. To expedite the application review process, potential applicants and facility administrators are encouraged to have the eligibility of their current facility location reviewed for participation in the NURSE Corps LRP Eligible NURSE Corps sites or Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) are defined as a health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Potential applicants and facility administrators may submit their facility information to beginning November 6 through December 2, 2014. Notification of facility eligibility will be confirmed by December 31, 2014, via email. If you have any questions about the NURSE Corps or loan repayment programs in general, please contact Ryan Grinnell at


Supreme Court to Hear Federal Subsidies Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on November 7, 2014, its decision to hear King v. Burwell, the case that challenges federal subsidies intended to help U.S. residents purchase health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read more

Federal Judge Blocks State from Terminating Plan First! Medicaid Benefits

On October 29, 2014, a federal judge ordered the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) to comply with federal law before terminating the Plan First! Medicaid benefits of thousands of low-income women in Michigan. The federal judge ordered the State to conduct independent Medicaid eligibility determinations for Plan First! beneficiaries before terminating their benefits. The Center for Civil Justice, who filed a lawsuit in federal court in June 2014 on behalf of three Michigan women, reached a temporary agreement with the State to continue the Plan First! program until the court ruling. Read more


More State & National News



340B Drug Pricing Program Webinar Series
November 13, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET: Are You Prepared? A Guide to 340B Internal Audits
November 20, 2014, 2-3 pm ET: 340B Inventory Management
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


Overview of Performance-Enhancing Tools for Health Centers Part I: Staff and Board Education (webinar)
November 18, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link


Overview of Performance-Enhancing Tools for Health Centers Part II: Strategic Growth Readiness Assessment (webinar)
November 19, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link


Using Health IT to Measure Practice Transformation (webinar)
November 19, 2014, 3-4:30 pm ET
Host: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


National Rural Health Day
November 20, 2014


Revenue Cycle 360 Training
December 3-4, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers


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.

November Health Observances


More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center




Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net
Funder: MPCA through support from the DentaQuest Foundation
Due: November 14, 2014


Medical Student Leadership & Mentoring Program
Funder: National Hispanic Medical Association, National Hispanic Health Foundation, GE Foundation
Due: November 21, 2014


Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Funder: Health Resources &  Services Administration
Due: January 9, 2015 

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: November 10, 2014


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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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