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March 28, 2014
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TAKE ACTION: Collect "Access is the Answer" Petition Signatures to Achieve March's Goal

Next Monday, March 31, is the deadline for EVERY HEALTH CENTER across Michigan and the country to collect at least 500 signatures on the Access is the Answer petition. As of March 27, only 302 Michigan advocates have signed the online petition and 687 hardcopy signatures have been reported by Michigan Health Centers. This is a far cry from our goal, so we need all Health Center advocates to make a big push in these last few days to sign the petition and collect as many signatures as possible.

Please Call Your Members of Congress TODAY

If your U.S. Representative hasn’t signed the Bilirakis-Pallone Health Center Support letter that’s circulating in the House until March 31, please call him/her TODAY using NACHC's toll-free advocacy hotline at 1.866.456.3949. NACHC is continually updating the list of co-signers, so you can check to see if your Member of Congress has signed on by clicking here. When your U.S. Representative signs on, please thank him/her via phone, email, and/or social media. On the Senate side, Senator Stabenow has once again co-sponsored the letter, and Senator Levin has signed on. Please thank both of them for their leadership!




MPCA, Michigan Health Center Delegates Attend Policy & Issues Forum

Last week, a contingent of Michigan Health Center staff, board members, patients, and MPCA staff attended NACHC's Policy & Issues Forum in Washington, DC. Thank you to all who attended! This year’s conference had many highlights - read more

MPCA Establishes New Fund Development Network

Due to requests from many Michigan Health Centers, a Fund Development Network has been formed to join the other 16 communications networks that MPCA already hosts. This network provides a forum for Health Center staff with fund development responsibilities to meet with their peers to discuss common issues and share information. Those interested in joining the network are invited to send their name and email address to Neal Colburn at Conference call meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm ET. The next call will take place Tuesday, April 22 at 1:30 pm ET.

Registration Sponsorship Opportunity for Attending Great Lakes Medical/Dental Summit

MPCA, in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation, is excited to announce that it is offering to sponsor registration for two members of your Michigan Health Center team (one dental staff member and one medical staff member) to attend the Great Lakes Medical/Dental Summit. This is a $300 value. The conference, to be held May 9-10 in Indianapolis, Indiana, provides the opportunity to network and share valuable experiences with dental and medical professionals from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. If interested, please email Diane Rydahl at by April 3.


More News from MPCA


Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Planning Open House April 2 for Niles Community Health Center


(Leader Publications) Cassopolis Family Clinic Network will be offering an open house for the Community Health Center from 4 to 6 pm April 2. This event is open to the public. Read more



Access to Care Update: A Review of How Nine Michigan Health Care Organizations Are Using Federal Funding to Increase Access to Care Across the State

(MPCA Blog) As reported by MPCA in November 2013, nine health care organizations in Michigan were among 236 organizations nationwide to be awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support new Health Center sites. Given a 120-day timeline to complete and operationalize the new Health Centers, staff at those organizations have worked tirelessly to open the doors of the new facilities. Read more


Western Wayne Family Health Centers Opens Lincoln Park Location

(The News Herald) The new health center joins other WWFHC sites in Inkster and Taylor to provide primary health care services to everyone — with or without health insurance. The new facility will serve residents of River Rouge, Ecorse, Lincoln Park and southwest Detroit, as well as surrounding areas. Read more


Study Addresses Health Needs

(Sturgis Journal) Results from the 2012 assessment for St. Joseph County have been released by Sturgis Hospital, Three Rivers Health, Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County. Read more

Saginaw County Organizations Unite to Improve Public Health, Eliminate Disparities

(MLive) An alliance of Saginaw County public health advocates, hospital systems and education organizations is looking to solve a variety of health concerns with the Saginaw County Community Health Improvement Plan. Read more

Obamacare Enrollment Delay Gives Uninsured Extra Time to Sign Up

(MINBCNews) The deadline to sign up under the Affordable Care Act is Monday, but the uninsured are getting more time to get enrolled. "If you have started an application you will be able to finish that application,” said Clarence Pierce, Hamilton Community Health Network. Read more

Names of Health Plans Show Customer Confusion

(NYTimes) Danielle M. Carpenter, an insurance counselor at the Center for Family Health in Jackson, Mich., said she and her clients did not find the names of health plans particularly useful. The large number of options with similar names “causes confusion,” said Ms. Carpenter, whose organization has helped 1,400 people choose plans since October. Read more

Mammogram Party Targets Muskegon-area Women At Risk for Breast Cancer

(MLive) Muskegon-area breast health advocates are giving low-income and underinsured women 40 and older a chance to have a life-saving procedure in a fun setting this month. The annual Lakeshore Mammogram Party will take place on Saturday, March 29. Read more


More Health Center News


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  • Psychiatrist, Cherry Street Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Medical Director, Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
  • Primary Care Physician, Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
  • Executive Assistant, Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
  • Registered Nurse, Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
  • Medical Biller, Covanant Community Care, Detroit, MI
  • Workforce Development Specialist, MPCA, Lansing, MI
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 Opening for Enrollment April 1

The State of Michigan will begin accepting applications for the Healthy Michigan Plan on April 1, 2014. Michigan residents can enroll at any time online, by phone, or in person at a local Michigan Department of Human Services office to find out if they're eligible for coverage. Continue to visit for more information on how to apply. Read more

State Budget Update

On March 26, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Community Health Budget voted out their recommendation for the FY 2015 budget. For the most part, it continues most line items at current levels. Of particular interest to MPCA and Michigan Health Centers is partial restoration of the cut to Graduate Medical Education (GME) recommended by the Governor, along with boilerplate language requiring the Health and Hospital Association and the Michigan Association of Medical Education to develop a new distribution formula for all ongoing GME resources. This proposed formula would have to be approved by MDCH. One concern with the proposed House budget is that increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to primary care providers, included in this year’s budget and paid for by the ACA, are partially reduced in FY 2015 due to the fact that full federal funding for those increases is no longer available. Passage of this budget by this committee is the first step of many before the budget is finalized. The Senate DCH Subcommittee is scheduled to pass their budget out of committee on April 22.


MDCH Hosting Virtual Medicaid Provider Trainings


MDCH has scheduled new virtual trainings on CHAMPS navigation (April 16 and May 7), Professional 101/Spend-down (April 30), and ICD-10 (April 3, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, and September 4). Click here for more information about each of the trainings and to register. MDCH-hosted virtual trainings are open to all providers. To ensure that the virtual trainings are available to as many providers as possible, MDCH asks that you register only once per office as multiple individuals can see the presentation from one computer.

County Immunization Report Cards Now Available

MDCH has posted on its website an Immunization Report Card for each Michigan county. It includes select immunization measures across the lifespan for each Michigan county and the City of Detroit, and it ranks each immunization measure for the county compared to all of Michigan’s 83 counties and the City of Detroit. The goal of the report cards are to demonstrate the accomplishments within each county; provide a summary of each county's immunization coverage; and, highlight areas where counties can improve their coverage levels. The plan is to update and make these reports available on a quarterly basis.

MDCH Updates Refusal to Consent to Vaccination Forms

These forms were originally designed for provider office use by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please note the form requests Patient ID number (ID#) which was on the original document and is to be used to identify the EMR/EHR patient ID number, used in many provider offices. This space on the form may also be used to indicate the date of birth (DOB) if a patient ID number is not used in a provider office. MDCH has revised these forms to include additional items as requested. Refusal to Consent to Vaccination (Adult)  |  Refusal to Consent to Vaccination (Children and Adolescents)

University of Michigan Seeking Primary Care Rotation Sites for Preventive Medicine Residents

Due to an expanding residency program, the University of Michigan School of Public Health would like to identify at least two more rural or urban Health Center sites whose location is commutable from Ann Arbor. Rotation preferences are block rotations for a minimum of two months and/or half-day/week continuity sites. Residents must be PGY-2 trained or higher, can provide primary care support (under clinical supervision) and complete tasks in quality improvement and/or population health. If interested, please contact Eden Wells, MD, MPH, FACPM, Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Director, Preventive Medicine Residency, University Michigan School of Public Health at 734.647.5306 or

Marketplace Open Enrollment Closes March 31

Enrollment in health insurance coverage for 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace closes next Monday, March 31. The Administration confirmed this week that U.S. residents who have started to apply for coverage through, but who cannot complete the coverage application process by March 31 as a result of technical issues, will have until mid-April to ask for an extension. Special enrollment periods have also been announced for legal immigrants and victims of domestic violence. The deadline for all other applicants remains the same. Read more

BPHC Updates Health Center Budgeting & Accounting Requirements PIN

On March 18, 2014, the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) released updates to Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2013-01: Health Center Budgeting & Accounting Requirements. After review and careful consideration of all comments received, HRSA has amended the draft section and other sections of the PIN. As a result, the entire section V (Budgeting and Accounting Requirements) is retitled and revised.

BPHC Issues Updated Process for Requesting Change in Scope in Response to Emergency Events

BPHC has released Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-05: Updated Process for Requesting a Change in Scope to Add Temporary Sites in Response to Emergency Events. This PAL does not change any existing policy but updates information on the process for requesting to add a temporary site to the scope of the project in response to emergency events, and consolidates the related policy into one document. Meanwhile, HRSA has released a new Scope of Project webpage on the BPHC website, to serve as a "one-stop-shop" for Health Center Program Scope of Project and Change-in-Scope Policy, process, and resources.

Health Center 2015 FTCA Deeming Applications
Due by May 23

HRSA has issued Program Assistance Letter 2014-3 to describe the process for Health Center grantees to submit Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming applications for Calendar Year 2015. Applications are due by Friday, May 23, 2014. BPHC is hosting three upcoming webinars focused on different sections of the FTCA redeeming or initial deeming applications submitted by Health Centers: Credentialing (April 2, 2-3:30 pm ET), Risk Management and Tracking (April 9, 2-3:30 pm ET), and Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance (April 10, 2-3:30 pm ET). Click here for more information.

2014 NACHC Winter Strategy Meeting

Earlier this year, NACHC hosted a winter strategy meeting focused on actions needed for Health Centers to compete and succeed in a rapidly changing health care environment. Click here for a summary of the meeting in a report to the Chair of the NACHC Board of Directors, Gary M. Wiltz, MD. Included are opportunities and challenges, guiding principles, and priority action areas.

Application Cycle Open for NHSC & NURSE Corps Scholarship Programs

The 2014 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle is open through 7:30 pm ET on May 15. Eligibility is open to all students who are U.S. citizens or nationals and are enrolled in a fully accredited training program for Physicians (MD or DO), Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives or Physician Assistants at a U.S. accredited school. Application and program guidance. The 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is open through 7:30 pm ET on May 22. Application and program guidance. Eligibility is open to students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or residents and enrolled or accepted in an accredited diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing program; including Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science (BSN) Bridge Programs. Both scholarship programs are expected to be competitive, and applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early.




More State & National News


Integrating Oral Health Care in HIV Primary Care Settings: A Guide to Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS (webinar series)
March 28, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
Host: HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau

Preparing for the Patient Centered Medical Home-Neighborhood: Primary Care Providers & Specialists Working Together
March 29, 2014, 7:30 am-12 pm ET
Auburn Hills, MI
Host: Michigan Primary Care Consortium

2014 Preparedness Summit
April 1-4, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia

Health Center O/E: What Happens After Open Enrollment? (conference call)
April 2, 2014, 3-4 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care
1.800.779-0641 passcode: 4657950

FTCA Deeming Application Technical Assistance Webcast: Credentialing
April 2, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

FTCA Deeming Application Technical Assistance Webcast: Risk Management & Tracking
April 9, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

2014 UDS Changes Webinar
April 9, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Upcoming Health Observances


More Upcoming State & National Events






More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center




Rural Access to Emergency Device Grant Program (HRSA-14-129)
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
April 30, 2014

Community-based Programs to Test and Cure Hepatitis C
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 5, 2014

2014 National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Scholarship Program
Funder: HRSA's National Health Service Corps
Due: May 15, 2014

2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Funder: HRSA's NURSE Corps
Due: May 22, 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.

Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) 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 percent funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.


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