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December 16, 2014
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Contact House Speaker Bolger TODAY in Support of Senate Bill 2

Senate Bill 2 (SB2) establishes criteria for advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) designation in Michigan. It provides independent practice and prescriptive authority guidelines for APRNs and would allow them to practice within the scope that their training, education, and expertise allows. The bill passed the Michigan Senate in November 2013 and is currently in the House Health Policy Committee, which is chaired by Representative Gail Haines. The committee heard testimony on SB2 in September 2014 and MPCA submitted written testimony in support of the bill. The committee has not voted on SB2, and Representative Haines has indicated that she will not call a vote. Please contact House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-63)TODAY to urge him to allow Senate Bill 2 to be considered by the full body of the Michigan House of Representatives this week—click here for Speaker Bolger's contact information and talking points you may use in your email and phone discussion.



MPCA Hosting Retirement Celebration Honoring Doug Paterson January 15

MPCA's Director of State Policy, Doug Paterson, is retiring this month. To celebrate his tremendous service and contributions to MPCA and Michigan Health Centers, MPCA is hosting an open house in Doug's honor on January 15, 3-5:30 pm at our office in Lansing. You are cordially invited to the open house, and to send cards or electronic congratulations in advance. Cards may be mailed to MPCA, 7215 Westshire Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. Electronic congratulations may be emailed to Erin Rogers at


AANP Selects Doug Paterson to Receive Nurse Practitioners State Advocate Award for Excellence

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has selected Doug Paterson, MPCA's Director of State Policy, to receive the 2015 Nurse Practitioners State Advocate Award for Excellence. "Mr. Paterson was selected because of his exceptional advocacy efforts on behalf of Michigan nurse practitioners, which helped the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurse groups to educate state legislators about the NP role and Senate Bill 2," said Olivia McLaughlin, Executive Director, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. AANP will present the award to Doug during its annual conference in New Orleans in June 2015. Doug has worked tirelessly over the past two years to advocate for passage of Senate Bill 2 (SB2), which calls for establishing criteria for APRN designation in Michigan. (See "Take Action" above.)


2014-15 SOHSN Initiative Participants Selected

Congratulations to Family Health Center Inc. and Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network on being selected to participate in MPCA's Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net (SOHSN) 2014-15 initiative. They will receive in-depth practice management technical assistance from Safety Net Solutions, which is valued at $45,000, to grow and improve their oral health program. MPCA is pleased to have received a third year of funding from the DentaQuest Foundation to participate in the SOHSN initiative as a state primary care association partner.


Homeless Healthcare and Public Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for January

MPCA will be hosting a Homeless Healthcare and Public Housing Committee meeting in January. If you are interested in attending, please email Sara Koziel, MPCA's Clinical Program Specialist, at, and stay tuned for more details.


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Assisting Consumers in Plan Comparison & Selection: A Webinar for Michigan Assisters
December 17, 2014, 9-10 am ET


Quarterly EHR/EDR All User Group Meeting: Great Lakes Health Connect (webinar)
December 17, 2014, 2-3 pm ET


Network Formation for Michigan Health Centers: Opportunities to Engage in Proposed IPA Development (webinar)
January 7, 2015, 12-1 pm ET

Utilizing the Board of Directors in Fund Development Activities (webinar)
January 22, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

Save the Date: 2015 Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI
Online registration opening soon


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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.



Important Update to Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Period Opening January 1

Significant changes to the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) have been announced for the Fiscal Year 2016 application cycle that opens January 1, 2015. Starting this year, selection criteria have changed and applications will be reviewed in cohorts depending on their submission date (e.g. all applications submitted in January will be reviewed together and selection determinations will be made with the intent to notify providers and employers sooner, and applications made in subsequent months will be processed similarly). This means that if enough applications are submitted in the early months and are selected for award, there is a chance that funding will be exhausted prior to the end of the application cycle on April 30. Also new this year, providers are now eligible to participate in the MSLRP for up to 8 years, including providers who have previously completed 4 years of MSLRP participation. Eligible providers with qualifying debt who are interested in participating in the MSLRP next year are encouraged to submit their application early in the application period to increase the likelihood of being selected for an award. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Grinnell, MPCA's Workforce Consultant, at


Healthy Michigan Plan Surpasses Two-Year Enrollment Goal

Within just 8 months since the state's expanded Medicaid program opened for enrollment, more than 481,000 Michiganders are now enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, surpassing the original two-year goal. Click here for MPCA's Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment by County Report, which is updated bi-weekly and now includes MDCH's Healthy Michigan Plan Progress Report data and HHS' Open Enrollment Weekly Snapshot data. Since its launch on April 1, the Healthy Michigan Plan has already resulted in more than 241,000 primary care visits, 74,000 preventive care visits, 22,900 mammograms, and 10,900 colonoscopies. Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Community Health has contracted with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation to conduct a 5-year evaluation of the effectiveness of the Healthy Michigan Plan.


Congress Passes FY 2015 Appropriations Omnibus that Invests in Health Centers

Last week Congress passed a spending bill package to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. Included in the bill is $5.1 billion in program funding for the Health Center program, which consists of $1.5 billion in discretionary funding and $3.6 billion in mandatory funding through the Health Center Fund. It does not, however, provide a fix for the looming funding cliff. Therefore, it is critical that Health Centers continue to participate in phase two of the Access is the Answer campaign by collecting local support letters, placing an editorial in a local media outlet, and meeting with Members of Congress and those newly elected, to educate them about the value of Health Centers and the need to fix the cliff. Click here to read NACHC's response to the spending bill, and click here to read what it means for Health Centers. 


HHS Awards Funding to Reward, Expand Quality Improvement in Health Centers

On December 9, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 Health Centers to recognize Health Center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. Among the awardees are 29 Michigan Health Centers, which are receiving a total of $798,223 in funding. “This funding is a testament to Health Centers’ commitment to ongoing quality improvement. Consistently evaluating and fine-tuning how, when, where, and by whom care is delivered is a never-ending process that leads to ever-increasing levels of excellence. This tremendous investment, for which we are greatly appreciative, will enable Michigan Health Centers to continue their ongoing quality improvement activities that are making a difference in the lives of residents across the state, and building healthier communities and a healthier Michigan," said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA's CEO. The Bureau of Primary Health Care is hosting a technical assistance webinar for award winners on December 18 at 1-2 pm ET.


New Rules Regarding Vaccination Waivers Take Effect in Michigan January 1 

Last week, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved new requirements for Michigan parents opting their children out of getting vaccinated before entering school. Beginning January 1, parents who seek a non-medical immunization exemption waiver will have to 1) be educated by a local health department worker about vaccines and the diseases they are intended to prevent, 2) sign an immunization waiver form that includes an acknowledgement statement to verify that they understand they may be placing their own child and others at risk of serious illness by refusing the vaccines. The local health department must also certify on the form that they informed the parent of the dangers of foregoing immunizations. The risk of undervaccination has been highlighted recently by confirmed cases of whooping cough and measles in Traverse City.

Michigan Diversion Council Expanding Efforts to Help Mentally Ill, Developmentally Disabled

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced on December 10 that Michigan is expanding its efforts to divert the mentally ill and developmentally disabled from incarceration and get the help they need, by approving an additional six sites for pilot programs focused on innovative solutions and expanding two existing efforts. Among the agencies selected for 2015 pilots is Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, an MPCA member that operates Detroit City Health Center.


More State & National News



Preparing for Tax Season: What HRSA Grantees Need to Know About Premium Tax Credits and the Reconciliation Process (webcast)
December 16, 2014, 1:30-3:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration, the Internal Revenue Service


Health Centers Serving Residents of Public Housing Enrichment (special/vulnerable populations enrichment webinar)
December 16, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care


2014 Clinical Quality Measures Electronic Reporting (an eHealth webinar)
December 17, 2014, 1-2 pm ET
Host: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Medical Redesign: Creating High Functioning Team-based Care (webinar)
December 18, 2014, 1 pm ET
Host: PolicyPlus


Medical Legal Partnership and Patient-Centered Medical Home (webinar)
January 16, 2015, 1-2 pm ET
Host: National Center for Medical Legal Partnership


11th Annual 340B Coalition Winter Conference
February 4-6, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Host: 340B Coalition


2015 Policy & Issues Forum
March 18-22, 2015
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers
Register before February 18 to receive early bird rates


Save the Date: 18th Annual Rural Health Conference
April 30-May 1, 2015
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Presentation abstracts accepted until December 19


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.



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



2015-16 Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity
Funder: National Association of Community Health Centers Community HealthCorps
Intent to Apply Deadline Extended: December 17, 2014
Full Application Due: January 2, 2015


The Build Health Challenge: Improving Health Through Innovative Collaborations
Funder: The Advisory Board Company, The Kresge Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Round 1 Applications Due: January 16, 2015


Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: February 2, 2015


Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: February 4, 2015


Limited Competition: Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health through Community-Based Participatory Research (R03)
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: November 21, 2016


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. 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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