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Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications & Grassroots Advocacy
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Hepatitis A Outbreak Requires Coordinated AttackOpen in a New Window

by Loretta V. Bush, MSHA, CEO

 

Southeast Michigan has been rocked by an explosion of hepatitis A (HAV) infections, and the outbreak has officially spread into Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. 

Since August 2016, there’ve been more than 495 cases, a massive increase over previous years in which the Detroit Health Department might record only one or two cases per month. The virus, which attacks the liver, can cause flu-like symptoms, liver damage, and other health issues, and it’s almost always serious. Eighty-four percent of the people who’ve gotten sick have been hospitalized, and 19 have died. To make treating and preventing the illness more complicated, symptoms may not manifest until two to six weeks after exposure. That leaves plenty of time for infected individuals to expose others before they even know that they’re ill.

Fortunately, education and vaccination are excellent prevention measures.

We know that some people carry additional risk factors for acquiring the disease, including people with a history of substance use, people who are homeless or in transient living, men who have sex with men, incarcerated individuals, food handlers, health care workers, and people with underlying liver disease. The challenge is identifying them.

That’s why universally screening patients for HAV risk factors is so important, especially at Michigan’s health centers. “This is an all hands on deck situation,” said Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Executive Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department. “Health centers have a major part to play in curbing this outbreak. They are seeing some of our most vulnerable patients, which puts them on the front lines.”

In Detroit, 50 percent of HAV cases are in individuals who are on Medicaid, a population to whom health centers overwhelmingly provide care. If a health center can identify an individual at risk (or a patient who simply wants to take preventive measures), they can offer vaccination. Universal screening also gives providers the opportunity to assess whether they believe a patient may have been exposed. If so, they have a 14-day window in which to vaccinate and have that vaccination be effective in preventing the disease. And for older or immunocompromised individuals, a second injection can provide additional protection.

You may be wondering why so many people are getting sick if a safe and effective vaccine exists. The HAV vaccine didn’t become a part of the routine childhood immunization schedule until 1994. As a result, many older adults haven’t been vaccinated, leaving them susceptible to illness. Only 13 percent of Michigan adults have received the HAV vaccine. For people over 40, the vaccination rate drops to less than 5 percent. When you consider that the average age of individuals who’ve contracted HAV since August 2016 is 42 years old, that’s a serious problem.

The more people we vaccinate, the more people we can prevent from getting sick. That’s called “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is how we’ve managed to protect most of the world from diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and polio. Once a large percentage of the population is effectively immune to an infection (through vaccination), it makes it harder for that infection to move through a community. Chains of transmission are broken. The probability that someone who is not immune will come into contact with an infectious individual goes way, way down.

There’s no good reason not to get on board. Federally Qualified Health Centers that are members of the Vaccines for Children Program or the Vaccine Replacement Program can deliver vaccinations to the uninsured and still receive coverage. They can also refer uninsured individuals to their local health department, which can also provide no-cost vaccinations. 

But beyond increasing vaccination rates, there are also two more important pieces of the prevention puzzle: proper hand hygiene and bathroom cleaning. Hepatitis A enters the body through a fecal-oral transmission route — and it can survive on surfaces for weeks. That makes thoroughly cleaning hands on a regular basis and using bleach to clean bathroom surfaces key components in disrupting transmission and helping prevent infection.

The Detroit Health Department is already responding by providing targeted vaccination efforts at homeless shelters, adult foster care homes, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, but strongly recommends broader vaccination efforts — especially for health care workers who come in direct contact with patients. It’s also important to remind patients that even if they don’t know whether they’ve had the vaccine before, it’s perfectly safe to get it again.

Health centers are encouraged to report any suspected cases within 12 hours of discovery to the Detroit Health Department by calling 313.876.4000. You can also find out more at www.mi.gov/hepatitisAoutbreak.

Dr. Khaldun said it best: “We all have to come together to get ahead of this outbreak.”

 

Lack of HCV Testing Means a Losing BattleOpen in a New Window

by Loretta V. Bush, MSHA, CEO

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3.9 million Americans are living with hepatitis C (HCV) — and many of them don’t know it. That’s because people can live with the virus for years before symptoms manifest, and by then, the virus may have led to complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. More than 50 percent of all liver cancer cases are HCV related.

So why aren’t more people getting tested and treated?

In the past, medical professionals recommended testing only for individuals within the so-called birth cohort (those born between 1945 and 1965) or those with certain risk factors, such as people who received blood transfusions, blood products, or organ donations before June 1992. But today, studies suggest that more than 90 percent of HCV transmission in developed countries, including the U.S., takes place through needle sharing and injection drug use. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of cases of chronic HCV in U.S. young adults increased by 302 percent, which loosely correlates to rise of the opioid epidemic.

It’s harder for many of those people to get care. Individuals with substance use disorders are often unfairly blamed for acquiring HCV (or HIV) and may even be seen as being “unworthy” of treatment. And unfortunately, some health care professionals are not immune from these value judgments.

This stigma, coupled with access to care challenges, is a massive barrier when it comes to diagnosing and treating the disease. A culture change is necessary to ensure that all physicians, especially those in underserved areas, can provide the care and treatment everyone rightfully deserves. Right now, only 16 percent of the people diagnosed with HCV are prescribed treatment.

We can’t win the war if we’re not even fighting the battle.

Fighting starts by routinizing and normalizing testing and treatment in primary care environments. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended routinized HIV screening in all people aged 13–64 regardless of risk factors. By providing routine screenings at our community health centers, we can catch more people who are unaware of their status, link those people to care, and provide treatment. Routinization also helps to make HCV testing a matter of course, reducing stigma and encouraging people to get the care they need — without fear or shame.

There’s no excuse not to test. We have more tools than ever to increase our ability to provide HCV-related care. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working hard to provide technical assistance for the implementation of the HCV screening tool, as well as the incorporation of testing reminders in the Electronic Health Record. In addition, MDHHS labs will accept blood samples and conduct the HCV antibody test and HCV RNA test free of charge for Michigan health centers.

We can look beyond the state for help, too. Michigan health centers can apply to be a part of Gilead’s FOCUS program, which was created to increase partnerships and make routine HIV/HCV screening a standard of medical care. As part of the program, Gilead will provide seed money to help augment electronic health records for testing triggers. To learn more, contact Monique Rucker, Regional Lead for Michigan and Ohio, by emailing monique.rucker@gilead.com or by calling 410.207.6701 before October 23.

There is a cure. We just have to deliver it.

 

Michigan Celebrates National Health Center Week 2017Open in a New Window

LANSING, Mich.—As part of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Michigan’s health centers are hosting more than 90 events — including health fairs, back-to-school celebrations, pop-ups, races, and picnics — throughout the state. The statewide celebration, officially proclaimed by Gov. Snyder, runs August 13–19 with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of Michigan’s 45 health centers.

 

“National Health Center Week is our favorite time of the year because it gives us the opportunity to showcase the incredible work community health centers do every day,” said Loretta V. Bush, chief executive officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Each health center is unique to its community, making it perfectly positioned to break down financial, geographic, linguistic, and cultural barriers their patients face.”

 

Community health centers in Michigan serve more than 650,000 people, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable, high-quality primary care—including medical, dental, and behavioral health services. And, with more than 4,900 employees, health centers are economic engines in their communities, too. Michigan’s health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

 

  • Helping to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent; 
  • Serving more than 20 percent of the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries for only 1.7 percent of the state’s Medicaid budget.

 

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness among the most challenging populations; they also create innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social factors that can cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

 

To learn more about NHCW and the events happening nationwide, please visit www.healthcenterweek.org and follow the conversation using #NHCW17 on Twitter.


 

Better Care Act Wrong Choice for Michigan, AmericaOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Primary Care Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Loretta V. Bush, issued the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the Better Care Act: 

“The Better Care Act is a deeply troubling piece of legislation that flies in the face of industry experts as well as the will of the American people. It doesn’t fix the Affordable Care Act. Instead, it largely focuses on dismantling the Medicaid program — the most successful, cost-effective and widely used benefit program in existence. The Congressional Budget Office makes it clear: if passed, the Better Care Act will harm millions of people. 

“If the health center movement has taught us anything, it’s that bipartisan solutions to our national health care challenge are possible. Congress must put people first and focus on strengthening access to preventive care and affordable coverage.”
 

 

MPCA Welcomes New Chief Operating OfficerOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice for health centers and other community-based providers in Michigan, welcomes Dan Thompson as the new chief operating officer. Thompson will provide operational leadership and help grow new partnerships with other statewide health care leaders. 

 

“I am excited to return to MPCA and continue the great work we do to help health centers deliver affordable and accessible care to everyone in Michigan,” Thompson said.

 

Thompson joins MPCA with more than 26 years of health care leadership in both the private and public sectors, including associations, health systems, and direct service providers. He has extensive experience in maximizing operational effectiveness, planning programs, and securing grant funding.

 

Most recently, Thompson served as business process owner at Jackson National Life where he was responsible for overseeing licensing and appointments for nearly 150,000 insurance brokers in North America. Prior to his tenure at Jackson National Life, Thompson held multiple leadership roles at Prima Civitas, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and Spectrum Health. He also served as the MPCA’s chief operating officer between 1998 and 2001.

 

“We know Dan will be a great fit, largely because he was a key player in the organization,” said Loretta V. Bush, chief executive officer, MPCA. “Since then, Dan has only strengthened his portfolio. He’s bringing us experience and knowledge that will help us grow our mission, serve our members, and, ultimately, improve the health of Michigan residents.”

 

Thompson previously served on the Michigan Nurses Foundation Board of Directors, Grand Valley State University School of Public and Nonprofit Administration Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield West Michigan Region Community Advisory Council, and the Cherry Health Capital Campaign Cabinet.  

 

AHCA Passage Jeopardizes Care for All AmericansOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Primary Care Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Loretta V. Bush, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act:

 

“This bill is hardly what the American people were promised. In its current form, the American Health Care Act falls woefully short when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable populations, especially those covered by Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan. It’s up to the U.S. Senate to focus on strengthening, not dismantling, access to preventive, affordable care. More than 24 million people, along with the clinicians who serve them, are depending on it.”

 

AHCA Threatens Coverage of Millions According to CBOOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Primary Care Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Loretta V. Bush, issued the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act: 


“Any plan that nearly doubles the number of uninsured individuals is deeply concerning. The Congressional Budget Office's review highlights the fact that more work is necessary to ensure the health care needs of millions are addressed. We strongly encourage Congress to reevaluate their approach and focus on strengthening access to preventive care and affordable coverage."

 

 

Champion for the Medically Underserved Award Presented to Senate Minority Leader Jim AnanichOpen in a New Window

 

LANSING, Mich. — Last night the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) presented Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) with the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award. This award, given annually during the MPCA’s Legislative Forum, recognizes leaders for their work in promoting and protecting affordable, quality health care for medically underserved populations in Michigan.

 
“Although there are many leaders who deserve recognition for helping address the Flint water crisis, the MPCA is singling out Sen. Ananich for his bold action and unwavering dedication to his community,” said Loretta V. Bush, Chief Executive Officer, MPCA. “He’s tirelessly fought for state resources that will help keep Flint’s children healthy now and in the future. I know that his leadership will help ensure that no other Michigan residents will be faced with a public health crisis of this scale again. ”  
 
In late 2015, a study conducted by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha revealed elevated blood-lead levels in Flint’s children as a result of contaminated drinking water. Since then, Sen. Ananich has led the charge to obtain financial assistance for Flint residents. Importantly, that funding has not only been for water and filters, but also for infrastructure improvements, nutritious foods, and additional school nurses — all of which are crucial to mitigating long-term negative side effects. 
 
Sen. Ananich also served as a member of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency and has fought to hold all levels of government accountable for the crisis. Today, Sen. Ananich continues to work to establish policies that will help keep our water safer and protect future generations of Michigan’s children.
 
“I’m very honored to be receiving this acknowledgement from the Michigan Primary Care Association,” Sen. Ananich said. “At the height of the water crisis, many people came together to demand that Flint residents get the care they need, no matter the size of their paycheck.  The unfortunate reality is that, due to long-term effects of lead exposure, health concerns in Flint will continue long after the pipes are repaired. I will keep fighting every day for every resident to have access to quality health care.”

 

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For more than 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. Today, 43 Michigan Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive care to 650,000 Michigan residents at 260 delivery sites across the state. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net.
 

 

 

Michigan highlights American Diabetes Month, holds awareness event at CapitolOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. – Throughout the month of November, Michigan has highlighted American Diabetes Month to raise awareness and help residents lead healthier lifestyles. In 2014, an estimated 10.4 percent of Michigan adults were diagnosed with diabetes. As part of the efforts to reduce the rate of diabetes and improve diabetes management, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is joining the Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in hosting an event this Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Speaker’s Library, Room H252, of the State Capitol Building in Lansing, Mich.

 

This year’s theme for American Diabetes Month is This is Diabetes™ which salutes the 29 million Americans with diabetes and their loved ones as we raise awareness about this significant public health crisis.  The national campaign showcases real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The ADA invites those with diabetes, their families and caregivers to share their story on social media using #ThisIsDiabetes.

     

While many are familiar with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes is a serious, lesser-known condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes.  Prediabetes affects nearly 2.6 million Michigan residents. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. For those with prediabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce risk through modest weight loss and increased physical activity. Research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing 5-7 percent of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity a week. 

 

For the more than 1 million Michiganders with diabetes, diabetes self-management education (DSME) continues to be the cornerstone of treatment. DSME assists with behavior change related to healthy eating, physical activity and self-monitoring.  DSME also provides the tools that help address the serious complications of diabetes such as heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney disease. 

 

The Capitol event this Thursday will include a talk by Candice Lee, MSA, of the MDHHS Arthritis Program, about a family member's struggle with diabetes in a talk titled Changing a Story’s End: Stopping One Family’s Tale of Diabetes. The public is invited and welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Gary Dougherty at gdougherty@diabetes.org.

 

For a diabetes risk test and a list of Michigan Diabetes Prevention programs, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71550_2955_2980_3168-136877--,00.html. More information about DSME and Michigan’s more than 90 DSME programs, can be found at www.michigan.gov/diabetes.

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Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

 

MDHHS issues RFPs to support individuals with developmental disabilitiesOpen in a New Window

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for Leadership, Engagement and Advocacy Development (LEAD) to support individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

 

The MDDC seeks an organization to develop a program that provides intensive training for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and parents of minor children with I/DD. The training will help individuals in Michigan learn to achieve systems change by being effective public policy advocates at the state and federal level. The program will also help individuals become leaders in the disability advocacy movement and in the public discussion of policies that impact their lives and roles in the community.

 

The RFP is open to private non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and governmental agencies with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  The successful applicant for this RFP will be awarded up to $1,372,000 over a five-year grant period, and will ensure recruitment, participation and completion of participants from African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Arab-American, and Native American communities.

 

Only one application will be accepted from each applicant.  Applications, any related materials, and attachments must be submitted electronically using the DD Suite website by Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. To apply for the LEAD grant or for detailed instructions on how to register for an account with DD Suite, visit the DD Suite website at www.ddsuite.org.

 

Any questions about the RFP or for technical assistance with the DD Suite website, please contact Tedra Jackson at 517-284-7294 or jacksont7@michigan.gov. Questions about the RFP must be received by Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.  The MDDC will compile all relevant questions and answers and post these as well as any other clarifications or revisions to the initial RFP by Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, on the MDDC website.

 

For full RFP details and additional information about the MDDC and its programs, visit the Council’s website at www.michigan.gov/ddcouncil 

 

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Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

 

Michigan’s Federally Qualified Health Centers Innovate, Increase Access to Life-saving Cancer ScreenOpen in a New Window

Funding from Healthy Michigan, Affordable Care Act, and Community Health Workers Cancer Grant continues to drive preventive care for underserved communities

LANSING, Mich. — Ten Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) increased screening rates for breast and cervical cancers over the past year as part of an initiative sponsored by the Community Health Workers Cancer Grant. The grant was made possible by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“Targeted grants like these, in addition to the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion through Healthy Michigan, are helping thousands of Michiganders achieve measurable positive health outcomes in cancer screenings,” said Loretta V. Bush, Chief Executive Officer for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). “I cannot understate the importance of these resources.”

The results were profound, especially at Northwest Michigan Health Services’ Shelby and Traverse City locations. Pap smears increased by 105 percent and 191 percent, and mammograms increased by 42 percent and 101 percent, respectively. All sites saw a dramatic increase in referrals to specialists, such as oncologists and radiologists, and added more patients to their care rosters.

To achieve these results, Health Centers leveraged technology and community health workers to identify at-risk women and coordinate outreach. Community health workers, the frontline liaisons between health and social service providers and the areas they serve, were crucial to this process.

“Some women were afraid or reluctant to come in for tests. Others didn’t have a reliable form of transportation or a way to pay their copays,” said Sara Coates, Associate Director of Integrated Health for the MPCA. “It was immediately clear to community health workers that building trust was needed to provide care.”

Community health workers incentivized screenings and organized transportation. They also established relationships by addressing people’s most critical needs — housing, food, or preexisting conditions — first. Building a foundation of trust led to eventual screenings.

“Access to primary care helps ensure routine screenings are conducted early, so that women with breast or cervical cancers can be identified at earlier stages of these diseases,” Bush said. “As a result, survival rates are higher, and the cancers are less expensive to treat.”

Participating FQHCs included Genesee Community Health Centers in Atherton and Center City; Baldwin Family Health Care in Baldwin and White Cloud; Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. in Traverse City and Shelby; Muskegon Family Care; Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc.; and Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers in Houghton and Hancock.

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For more than 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. Today, 43 Michigan Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive care to 650,000 Michigan residents at 260 delivery sites across the state. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net.

 

Grants will Increase Outreach to UninsuredOpen in a New Window

Nine grants have been awarded by The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to help support outreach and enrollment to uninsured populations. The grants will go towards the education of staff in multiple health centers through activities like webinars and training.  

  

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Source: National Association of Community Health Centers

 

Michigan adults urged to stay current with immunizations, make health a priorityOpen in a New Window

Every year, tens of thousands of adult Americans suffer serious health problems including hospitalization and even death from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. The best way to ensure protection from several serious diseases and related complications is for adults to stay up-to-date on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in a press announcement released on June 28, 2016.

“Vaccination not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases within the community, especially to those that are most at risk, including infants and young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS. “It’s important that adults take the time to talk to their physicians about immunizations and prioritize their health so they can lead long, healthy lives and also help promote healthier Michigan communities.”

While many adults suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccination rates are extremely low nationally and statewide. Fewer than 30 percent of adults in the United States who are recommended to receive Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and shingles vaccination have gotten these vaccines.

In Michigan, even high risk groups are not getting the vaccines they need – for example, only 30.6 percent of adults younger than 65 years old who are at high risk for complications from pneumococcal disease are vaccinated. Adults living with diabetes, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, HIV, and heart disease are particularly vulnerable.

Vaccines provide adults protection against shingles, influenza, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B-related chronic liver disease and liver cancer, HPV-related cancers and genital warts, whooping cough, tetanus, and more.

Most health insurance plans cover adult vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider today about vaccines that are recommended for you. If your healthcare provider does not offer the vaccines that you need, ask for a referral so you can get the vaccines elsewhere. Getting vaccinated is a lifelong, life-protecting job – you are never too old to be immunized. 

For more information, visit www.aimtoolkit.org.

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Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

 

MI Care Team Project Launches July 1Open in a New Window

Michigan Primary Care Association and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services are pleased to announce the launch of the MI Care Team also referred to as Health Homes on July 1, 2016. Ten Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers at 44 sites in 23 counties have committed to use an innovative model of care with access to new technology and data through Care Connect 360. The participating Health Centers are expected to serve a population of approximately 18,000. 

In 2014, MDHHS appropriated funding to implement primary care Health Homes in Michigan’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Tribal Health Centers. MPCA is coordinating a comprehensive MI Care Team Learning Community that includes training, technical assistance and peer network supports in partnership with the Medicaid Services Administration.

The participating Michigan Health Centers are:

  • Advantage Health Centers
  • Cherry Health
  • Covenant Community Care, Inc.
  • Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Family Medical Center of Michigan
  • Genesee Community Health Center
  • Health Delivery, Inc.
  • The Wellness Plan Medical Centers
  • Thunder Bay Community Health Services, Inc.
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Under Section 2703 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), the Health Home service model is intended to help chronically ill Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries manage their health conditions through an intimate level of care management and coordination. The MI Care Team Model builds on the philosophies of IMPACT and Nuka Care Models, which are centered in whole-person, team-based care. As such, the MI Care Team will utilize an interdisciplinary team of providers who operate in a behavioral health integrated primary care setting to ensure a seamless transition of care and help connect the beneficiary with needed clinical and social services. To achieve this, the team will include the presence of a Nurse Care Manager and Community Health Worker. With the beneficiary’s consent, health information technology will strengthen care management and coordination through data collection and information sharing. Together, the model will address all facets of a beneficiary’s health status, including clinical needs and social determinants of health. The model is expected to boost patient self-management of chronic conditions, reduce health care costs and raise quality of life for participating beneficiaries.

For additional information on MI Care Team, contact Shannon Lijweski, MPCA Clinical Consultant.

 

Welcomes New CEO - Detroit Heath Care Executive Joins State AssociationOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI­­, June 9, 2016–– Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan, announces Loretta V. Bush as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Bush joins MPCA with more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in health and human services, government and nonprofit organizations. She has extensive experience in addressing the complex health issues of the uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable populations.

“We are honored to have Loretta join the MPCA team,” said Denise Crawford, MSW, MBA, MPCA Board Chair and President and CEO for Family Health Center, Inc. “Loretta has   deep expertise in addressing the needs of the medically underserved in Michigan in   public health, population health, policy development and advocacy.  Loretta is an accomplished leader and on behalf of the MPCA Board of Directors, we look forward to her leading MPCA and Michigan Health Centers into the future.”

Most recently, Bush served as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer for the Detroit-based Institute for Population Health (IPH) where she provided oversight to clinical, behavioral health and dental services, a school-based health center as well as community-based health promotion programs and home visiting initiatives.  Prior to IPH, Bush served as a Group Executive for Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and the Department of Human Services and as the Director of Public Health/Health Officer for the Wayne County Department of Public Health. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of the MPCA team and look forward to working collaboratively to advance the overall health of the residents in the State of Michigan,” said Bush. “It is imperative in today’s health care environment to close the disparities gap and enhance services to effectively serve the entire population, and Health Centers play a key role in providing services through an integrated service model of care for medically underserved populations.”

Bush, who is on a self-exclaimed lifelong mission to protect and improve the health status of Michigan residents adds, “In order to effectively manage population health, key issues impacting the social determinants of health must be identified and successfully addressed. Weaving population health into primary care is at a critical point in time, when service providers are moving from pay-for-volume to pay-for-performance. Health Centers have a strong history of developing innovative care solutions and continue to innovate in such areas as behavioral health integration, workforce development and health information technology.”

In addition to her leadership and management experience, Bush’s public and population health background lead her to develop a curriculum for HIV/AIDS prevention and care and then to Ethiopia, where she trained Ethiopian officials on methods to help stem the HIV/AIDS public health crisis on the African continent.

Bush has received numerous awards for her dedication, leadership and service in the field of health care including the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports for Promoting Active Communities; the Harriet Tubman Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Women; Outstanding and Innovative Leader in the field of HIV/AIDS Education, and a special tribute from the State of Michigan for the work of the Institute for Population Health. In addition, Bush was a recipient of a John B. Waller Award, an award named after the founder of Detroit Community Health Connection, an FQHC serving Wayne County.

Bush previously served on the Western Wayne Family Health Center Board of Directors, Greater Detroit Area Health Center Community Health Improvement Committee and the University of Michigan School of Public Health Practice Advisory Council and is a member of the American Public Health Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

For more information about Michigan Primary Care, visit www.mpca.net.

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

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HHS Awards Health Infrastructure Investment Funding for Ten Michigan Health CentersOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, May 9, 2016 – On May 4, 2016, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding for facility renovation, expansion or construction at 290 Health Centers in 45 states under the Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP). Among the awardees, ten Michigan Health Centers.

A total of $10,000,000 of HIIP grants were awarded to the following Michigan Health Centers:

Health Center Organization

Location

Grant Amount

Center for Family Health, Inc.

Jackson

$1,000,000

Covenant Community Care, Inc.

Detroit

$1,000,000

Advantage Health Centers

Detroit

$1,000,000

Family Health Center, Inc.

Kalamazoo

$1,000,000

Genesee Health System

Flint

$1,000,000

Intercare Community Health Network

Bangor

$1,000,000

Sterling Area Health Center

Sterling

$1,000,000

Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc.

Hillman

$1,000,000

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Gwinn

$1,000,000

The Wellness Plan Detroit $1,000,000

 

“The awards granted by HHS will enable Michigan Health Centers to provide primary and preventive services to additional residents in their respective communities,” states Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The demand for health care services continues to grow and the awards will enable Health Centers to grow their space in order to meet the growing demand in medically underserved areas of Michigan.”


The funding for the HIIP comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.

The funding is projected to reach an additional 52,956 Michigan residents.


Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income. To learn more about Michigan Health Centers and find a Health Center near you, please visit www.mpca.net.

 

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

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Michigan Primary Care Association Announces New CEOOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI­­, April 28, 2016–– Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan, announces Loretta V. Bush as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer effective May 23, 2016. Bush joins MPCA as Kim Sibilsky, the Association’s current chief executive officer, will retire on June 1, 2016, after leading the organization for more than 20 years.

Bush brings more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in health and human services, government and nonprofit organizations. She has extensive experience in addressing the complex health issues of the uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable populations. Her success in population-based health care will be an asset to the Michigan-based Association.

Bush will be stepping down as the president and chief executive officer for the Institute of Population Health in Detroit, Michigan, where she has lead the organization since 2012.

For more information about Michigan Primary Care, visit www.mpca.net.

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

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American Indian Health and Family Services to Host Trevor Project WorkshopsOpen in a New Window

American Indian Health and Family Services will host several Trevor Project workshops for LGBTQ individuals and allies interested in learning about crisis intervention and prevention.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people ages 13 - 24.

Read more

Source: Pride Source

 

Michigan Primary Care Association Welcomes New COOOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI­­, April 18, 2016–– Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice for Health Centers and other community based providers in Michigan, welcomes Joanne Sheldon as the Chief Operating Officer.

In this position, Sheldon will provide operational leadership within the organization, develop and oversee strategic direction and partnerships and provide leadership to numerous MPCA programs and teams.

“We are excited to have Joanne as a member of our team,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “She brings experience and perspective that make us even more effective in the work we do to improve the health and quality of life of Michigan residents.”

Sheldon joins MPCA with more than 25 years of health care leadership and policy experience in both the private and public sectors with a strong background in mental health administration.  Most recently, Sheldon served as the Health Services Administrator for the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) where she was responsible for direct operations of the state-wide correctional health care delivery system for prisoners in over 33 sites and 1,300 staff. Prior to MDOC, Sheldon served as the Chief Executive Officer at LifeWays Community Mental Health in Jackson and Hillsdale counties and as the Executive Director at The Standards Group, a state-level venture focusing on improving the state’s public mental health system.

“I am excited to bring my passion for integrated behavioral-physical health care and for Health Centers into this position at MPCA,” said Sheldon. “I have long respected the work of Michigan’s Health Centers and the vital role they play in ensuring access to quality care.  I am honored to be in a position to help further that mission and shape the future of health care delivery in Michigan.”

While working at LifeWays, Sheldon received awards for Leadership (2011), Character (2010) and Vision (2006).

Sheldon served as an appointee on the Governor’s Mental Health Diversion Council for which she was also a co-founder. In addition, Sheldon has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare and Michigan Center for Rural Health, Board Chair for the Mental Health Association in Michigan, the Hillsdale Human Services Network and The Standards Group and served as Vice Chair, Policy Committee for the Michigan Association of CMH Boards.

For more information about Michigan Primary Care, visit www.mpca.net.

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

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Michigan Health Center Leader Honored with Lifetime Achievement AwardOpen in a New Window

Bethesda, Md. –  Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the Community Health Center Movement. She was presented the award at the 2016 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, D.C., an event attended by more than 2,000 Health Center leaders from around the country.

 

“She is one of our greatest advocates,” said NACHC Board Chair Ricardo Guzman during the award presentation.  “Her passionate voice has resonated, reflecting her deep commitment to the medically underserved in our nation. At both state and national levels, she has made a compelling case for Community Health Centers, whether mobilizing the grassroots advocates, presenting testimony, or going head-on with lawmakers in the fight for funding.”

 

Sibilsky has over 36 years of experience in working to improve access to health care for underserved populations through optimization of community-based primary care. She leads the state association that represents 39 Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan providing comprehensive, affordable, accessible, quality primary health care for over 615,000 Michigan residents through more than 250 sites. In addition to program oversight, policy development and research,. Sibilsky has spearheaded efforts to improve access to care, build partnerships, expand systems and reduce health disparities for the residents of Michigan.  

“I am beyond thrilled to be recognized for being able to do what I love,” said Sibilsky. “The work has always been challenging, exciting and never boring.” After receiving the award, Sibilsky noted “I truly am not done yet. I feel I have had success in my career, but what I know is that we are not truly a success as long as there are any people in any community who do not have the opportunities for success that I have and you have. So there is work left for me to do.”


“We are honored Kim was selected for this deserving award,” said Denise Crawford, MPCA Board Chair and CEO of Center for Family Health, Inc. “As the most prestigious NACHC award, Kim is a natural selection. We are fortunate to have had her dedicated leadership and guidance for the last 22 years with the Association. As a result, Michigan’s Health Centers shine brightly.”

More than 50 years ago, Health Centers started as a daring experiment in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty campaign, which led to the opening of the nation’s first Health Centers in Boston and the Mississippi Delta. Today, the pilot project has evolved into the largest and most successful primary health care system in the United States. Health Centers serve more than 24 million Americans (1 in 14 people) who live in more than 9,200 rural and urban communities. Health Centers also save the U.S. health care system more than $24 billion every year in reduced overall costs from preventable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits.  To learn more about the mission and accomplishments of Health Centers, visit www.nachc.org.

 

About National Association of Community Health Centers

Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured.  NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve over 24 million people through over 9,200 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

About  Michigan Primary Care Association

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

 

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Champion for the Medically Underserved Award Presented to Senator Hertel, Jr.Open in a New Window

Lansing, MI, March 14, 2016  On behalf of Michigan’s 39 Health Center organizations, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) presented Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D – East Lansing) with a Champion for the Medically Underserved Award during its Legislative Forum held in Lansing on March 8, 2016.

 

This annual award recognizes leaders for their work to promote and protect affordable, quality health care for medically underserved populations in Michigan.

 

Senator Hertel, Jr. has long been a health care champion. Throughout his career, he has worked with multiple facets of government to serve the residents of Michigan – starting within the Department of Health & Human Services. Later, while on the Ingham County Commission, he focused on expanding access to health care in the community through the Ingham Health Plan.

“We extend our deepest appreciation to Senator Hertel, Jr. for his commitment to advancing the health of medically underserved Michigan residents,” said Kim Sibilsky Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “He understands the complicated nuances of health care regulation and finance and utilizes his experience and relationships to work in a bipartisan fashion to advocate for Michigan’s health care needs.” Currently, Senator Hertel, Jr. serves as the Minority Vice-Chair of the Health Policy Committee and is a member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations sub-committee.

In addition, Senator Mike Shirkey (R – Clark Lake) was presented with a special commendation for his continued Health Center leadership and support. “Senator Shirkey is, through and through, a dedicated health care advocate and longtime champion of the medically underserved,” said Sibilsky. “His leadership demonstrates support and focus on the growing demand of health care providers through support of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse scope of practice, the need to expand Medicaid through the Healthy Michigan Plan and the development of a promising dental mid-level profession.” Senator Shirkey, a 2014 recipient of the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award, currently serves as the chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee and as vice-chair for the Appropriations subcommittee for Community Health.


Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income.
To learn more about Michigan Health Centers and find a Health Center near you, please visit www.mpca.net.

 

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

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MPCA Policy Priorities Focus on Increasing Access & Improving Patient CareOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, March 14, 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) —the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan—has announced its policy priorities for 2016.

 

  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Models to Increase Dental Access: Dental Therapists;
  • Expand Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health through Integration of Medicaid Managed Care Payment; and
  • Support Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Initiatives for Meaningful Use of Health Information Exchange.

 

The priorities were developed by the MPCA Health Policy Committee and were unanimously approved by the MPCA Board of Directors and MPCA Members.


“MPCA and Michigan Health Centers are committed to increasing access to quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive care for all of Michigan,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The policy priorities for 2016 not only enable increased access, but raise the standard of care patients receive at Health Centers, and from other health care providers in the state.”


The three policy priorities were announced during MPCA’s annual Legislative Forum, which was held on March 8, 2016. During the Legislative Forum, Michigan Health Center leaders met with their state legislators and discussed the priorities and how implementation of the policies would improve the delivery of care.  

A complete description of the issue, background, discussion and recommended action for each policy priority can be read at http://bit.ly/2016PolicyPriorities.

Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income.
To learn more about Michigan Health Centers and find a Health Center near you, please visit www.mpca.net.

 

About Michigan Primary Care Association

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.

 

 

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MPCA Offices Closed Due to Continued Winter Storm WarningOpen in a New Window

As the Winter Storm Warning continues in areas of Michigan coupled with dangerous driving conditions, MPCA is closed today, February 25, 2016. 

Staff contact information can be found here

 

Outreach & Enrollment Program Manager Meeting RescheduledOpen in a New Window

Please Note: The Outreach & Enrollment Program Manager meeting scheduled to take place on February 25, 2016, has been canceled due to the Winter Storm Warning in effect.

The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. For additional questions, please contact Lydia Starrs.

 

MPCA Offices Closing at 1 PM ET Due to Winter Storm WarningOpen in a New Window

Due to the Winter Storm Warning in effect for most of the state of Michigan, MPCA will close at 1 PM ET on February 24, 2016.

Staff contact information can be found here
 
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