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Health centers have a critical role in patient and community education, outreach, and health navigation/coordination. There are a multitude of current and upcoming opportunities for health centers to expand or enhance services providing community-based linkages. Michigan health center staff have the knowledge and skills needed to help patients and communities address barriers and social determinants of health. Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), in turn, assists health center staff through technical assistance, training, peer communication network facilitation, resource development, and best practices sharing.

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Stay informed of new resources and supports, by subscribing to the Enabling Services eNewsletter. Subscribers will receive a bi-weekly e-newsletter with important national, state, and local enabling services news, upcoming training and education opportunities, new reports and data resources, funding opportunities, and much more! If you are interested in receiving the Enabling Services eNewsletter, please send a message to Jaspreet Malhotra at

The Enabling Services Annual Forum: Building a Bridge to Health Care

On October 4th and October 5th, outreach and enrollment specialists, navigators, and community health workers from across Michigan joined the MPCA for our annual Enabling Services Forum: Building a Bridge to Health Care. The first day of the conference included a training session on motivational interviewing presented by MPCA’s Director of Integrated Health and Programs, Sara Coates. Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that attempts to help a patient or client find the motivation to make positive decisions and accomplish established goals. The process is designed to be empathetic, affirming, and respectful: no goal is too small when it comes to making healthful changes. The second day of the conference boasted a host of panels, including an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on how they’re streamlining and modernizing the MI Bridges experience, a session on navigating immigration status, an advocacy update, and much more. See below for the presentations from the forum:

Financial Empowerment


On August 22nd, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and Step Forward Michigan discussed how to help low-income and economically vulnerable consumers to make informed financial decisions by providing them with the necessary tools and information. CEDAM supports its diverse membership to create vibrant, sustainable and resilient communities by enhancing locally-driven efforts through high quality training, technical assistance, capacity building and policy advocacy. Step Forward Michigan Program was established by the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MHA) to help Michigan homeowners stay in their homes. The program provides interest-free loans to assist with mortgage, property taxes, and/or condominium association fees. You can now access the webinar recording and updated version of the slides. 


Background, Research and Resources


The MPCA Enabling Services team maintains two online toolkits aimed at providing health centers with policy information, resources, program planning tools, and templates needed to successfully launch and grow community health worker and outreach and enrollment programs. Click the icons below to view toolkit resources and information! 




Click here for archived enabling services trainings and resources!


Upcoming Enabling Services Events


Increasing Health Care Access for Teens through Medicaid & CHIP

Sponsored by The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign

January 24, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET


Marketplace Appeals Process

Sponsored by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

February 1, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET


Save the Date: MPCA's MLP Office Hours

February 14, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. ET

March 14, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. ET

How to reach us:

Julie Tatko, Director of Operations & Enabling Services



Deidre Hurse, Associate Director of Enabling Services



Jaspreet Malhotra, Enabling Services Manager



Brittani Barkley, Outreach Specialist



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 $1,186,260.00 .

MI Bridges Training (Traverse City)

August 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET

MI Bridges Training (Traverse City)

August 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET

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