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April 11, 2014
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Next Steps for "Access is the Answer" Campaign

The March "Access is the Answer" petition drive was just a first step in the "Access is the Answer" campaign. Every Health Center now has the opportunity to collect 5 letters of support from local elected officials (such as the mayor, city council members, or other city, township, county, and state elected officials) and 10 letters of support from community partners (such as local hospitals, chambers of commerce, business partners) to continue the “Access is the Answer” campaign. As you take this next step in the campaign, please keep in mind how critical it is that we do everything we can to stop the Health Center funding cliff that looms at the end of FY 2015.




MPCA Requests Michigan Health Centers Submit 2013 UDS Datafile

If you haven't done so already, MPCA is requesting that all Michigan Health Centers please send their 2013 UDS Datafile in XML format at the earliest convenience. The UDS data is stored on HRSA's Electronic Handbook (EHB) website, which allows for the viewing of Health Center specific UDS reports and UDS data. Within the EHB, there is an option that allows for downloading or emailing your UDS data as an XML data file. (Please note: As FQHC Look-Alikes cannot access the XML file, please send the data in PDF form.) Select the option to email the UDS data file, which will then attach the XML file to and email, and MPCA requests that you send the UDS data file to Jon Villasurda, Policy Consultant, at Please click here to view the UDS Request PowerPoint slides to help you find the data in the EHB to send.

MPCA Clinical Quality Assessment Survey Follow-up Interviews Seek to Identify Health Center Needs

Late last fall MPCA members completed the MPCA Clinical Quality Assessment (CQA) to assist the MPCA Clinical Quality Team in identifying opportunities for technical assistance and training. Health Centers participating in the Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN) are being approached for more extensive interviews in follow-up to the online survey. This will enable MPCA to gather detailed information for creating a Center-based workplan in the areas of EHR adoption, meaningful use of EHRs, clinical quality improvement, and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Read more

Save the Date: Upcoming Registration for MPCA Events

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming MPCA-hosted training events in May—"Successfully Securing and Managing Grants" and "Triple Play: Addressing Multiple Initiatives, Data, and Sustainability." These trainings will be held on May 6 and May 21, respectively, in the Greater Lansing Area. Due to a technology change with MPCA's online event registration, the registration for these events will open on April 22, 2014. Although the registration is delayed, you can make your hotel reservations now. Please note the hotel deadline date for each event at the discounted group rate cannot be guaranteed after these dates. Any questions for the "Successfully Securing and Managing Grants" training may be directed to Andrea Charlton, Community Health Planning Manager, at Questions regarding "Triple Play: Addressing Multiple Initiatives, Data, and Sustainability" may be directed to Diane Rydahl, Clinical Specialist, at Additionally, please note that registration for the Health Center Board Member Training taking place at The H Hotel in Midland from May 16-17 will also open on April 22, 2014, and we encourage you to make hotel reservations at The H Hotel before April 25. 

IT Department Provides Update on Internet Security Bug "Heartbleed"

A security bug called "Heartbleed" that affected a widely used encryption technology supposed to protect online accounts on a majority of websites was announced earlier this week. By now, most major websites have patched the vulnerability that potentially provided hackers access to email account information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information. In light of the security fixes, it is advised that individuals change account passwords to minimize any further risk. Before changing passwords, you can use the following website to check whether the vulnerability has been fixed on the various secure websites you use (banks, email, etc.): Any questions regarding IT security can be directed to Rob Pazdan, MPCA's Director of Information Systems, at



More News from MPCA


Western Wayne Family Health Centers Hosting Grand Opening of New Lincoln Park Location May 12


Western Wayne Family Health Centers (WWFHC) is hosting a grand opening ceremony for its new Lincoln Park location on May 12 from 11 am-3pm, with a program starting at 1 pm. Read more



Volunteers Make an Impact Every Day in Health Centers

(National Association of Community Health Centers) Community Health Centers were built on the backs of volunteer community organizers and clinicians nearly 50 years ago. Today, volunteers continue to play an important role in health centers across the country. During the week of April 6-12, 2014, America celebrates National Volunteer Week. At NACHC, we also celebrate the thousands of volunteers who help health centers in three very important ways. Read more

Registration Open for Detroit Central City's Run for Literacy

Detroit Central City's Run for Literacy will take place Sunday, April 27, at the Detroit RiverWalk beginning at 10 am. The goal of the Run for Literacy is to continue to raise awareness of the growing demand for mental health services and the stigma that keeps people from seeking help. Read more


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.




Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Exceeds 85,000 Since April 1

After just 10 days since the Healthy Michigan Plan opened, a total of 85,761 Michiganders have enrolled. Of that total, 32,071 have enrolled since the April 1 launch and more than 50,000 individuals were transitioned to Healthy Michigan from the previous Medicaid Adult Benefit Waivers. That means the state has reached more than 25% of its anticipated first year enrollment goals. Read more

MPCA Submits Letter of Support on E-cigarette Legislation

Along with more than a dozen other Michigan health care organizations, last month MPCA signed on to a Letter of Support for legislation introduced by State Representative Gail Haines (R-Lake Angelus) regarding the definition of "tobacco product." Read more


Governor Snyder Signs Bill Improving Care for Mobile Dentistry Patients


On April 10, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation (HB 4865) that supports patient protection and higher care standards for patients of mobile dental facilities. Read more

MDCH Notifying Individuals Regarding Protected Health Information Breach

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced that it recently became aware of a data breach of protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and began notifying nearly 3,000 individuals regarding the breach. The breach is a result of an unsecured flash drive being stolen from an employee of the State Long Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Office that may have contained personal information for 2,595 living and deceased individuals, in which at least half of those records also included a Social Security number or Medicaid identification number. MDCH is currently working with the LTC Ombudsman Office to offer credit monitoring services at no cost to people whose Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers were compromised. Read more

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigns

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, according to senior administration sources. The news was officially announced by President Obama today in a press conference, where he also nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to succeed Sebelius. The resignation comes just more than a week after the end of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces and six months after the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, stating now is "the right time to transition the Department to new leadership." Read more

NQF Seeking Public Comments on Recommendations on Social Determinants for Risk Adjustment

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is now accepting public comments on whether risk adjustment for social determinants should be used in performance measures. Due to the fact that NQF measures are increasingly being used in pay-for-performance and public reporting, Health Center advocates are urged to submit comments telling NQF why risk adjustment for social determinants is necessary given Health Centers' unique and highly complex patient population and how not adjusting for these factors can impact your Health Center's operations. Comments are due by next Wednesday, April 16, at 6 pm ET. To read NQF’s draft report and to comment, please click here.

Medicaid Enrollment Grows By More Than 3 Million

According to a CMS report released last Friday, 3 million more individuals enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP through the end of February 2014 when compared to enrollment before the Health Insurance Marketplace opened in October 2013. Eligibility determinations have also continued to grow, as the October 2013 to February 2014 enrollment reports indicate that 11.7 million people were deemed eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, meaning an additional 2.8 million were determined eligible between just January and February 2014. As there is no deadline for states to expand, HHS continues working with states that have not expanded their program to encourage taking full advantage of the Medicaid expansion funding as a part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more





More State & National News



Health Equity Workgroup Monthly Workgroup (webinar)
April 17, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
Host: Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

MPA Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium

April 23, 2014, 8 am-4 pm ET
Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan Pharmacists Association

19th Annual Medical Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect: Updates for Primary Care Providers
April 23-24, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan Department of Human Services Medical Advisory Committee in cooperation with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Returning Veterans: A Healthcare Conference for Providers

April 24, 2014, 7:30 am-12 pm ET
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
(in addition to 4 simulcast presentation sites)
Host: Wayne State University, AHEC Southeast Regional Center, National AHEC

Upcoming Health Observances


More Upcoming State & National Events






More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center




Reducing Health Care Disparities through Payment and Delivery System Reform
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Due: April 18, 2014

FY 2015 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Period

Funder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program
Due: April 30, 2014

Population-based HIV Impact Assessments in Resource-Constrained Settings Under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 5, 2014

National Network of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Prevention Training Centers

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Application Due: May 6, 2014

Implementing a National Framework to Eliminate Mother-to-Child

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 7, 2014

Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: May 7, 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

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program States/Territories Part B Supplemental Grant Program

Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: May 28, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R01) – Cycle II

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 5, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R21) – Cycle II

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 16, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R34) – Cycle II

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 16, 2014

Exploratory & Developmental Grants to Improve Health Care Quality Through Health Information Technology (Cycle II)

Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Due: June 16, 2014

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: September 8, 2014





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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.

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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