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MPCA is happy to provide interviews, quotes, and background information to members of the media researching, writing, and producing reports about Michigan Health Centers, the health care safety net, and other community-based health and access to health care topics.

Media Contact:

Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications & Grassroots Advocacy
dlawrence@mpca.net
517.381.9440


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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.

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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

 

Sibilsky Elected to MPCC Executive Committee & BoardOpen in a New Window

LANSING, MICH - The Michigan Primary Care Consortium recently conducted its Executive Committee and Board of Director elections.

The Consortium is a multi-stakeholder, non-profit organization whose mission is to convene stakeholders to exchange knowledge facilitating the delivery of effective and efficient person centered models of primary care in Michigan. The following leaders are an integral part of this mission:

Elected for a two year term with the Consortium’s Executive Committee:

  • Vice-Chair: Rodger Prong, MBA, Oakland Physician Network Services, Sylvan Lake
  • At-Large: Anne Levandoski, RN, BSN, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Marquette
  • At-Large: Kim Sibilsky, Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing

Elected for a three year term with the Consortium’s Board of Directors:

  • Tracey Chan, MSN, ANP-BC, Madonna College of Nursing, Detroit
  • Kevin L. Piggott, MD, MPH Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, UP Region, Marquette
  • Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Okemos
  • Susan Moran, MPH, BSN, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Population Health and Community Services Administration, Lansing
  • Rodger Prong, MBA, Oakland Physician Network Services, Sylvan Lake
  • Kim Sibilsky, Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing
  • Robert Sheehan, MBA, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Lansing
  • Dennis Tsilimingras, MD, MPH, Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit

About the Consortium
The MPCC is a statewide, multi-stakeholder non-profit corporation leading Michigan’s transformation efforts by ensuring sustainable, quality, and accessible primary care. The Consortium is a leading advocate for the Patient Centered Medical Home approach, as well as with chronic disease prevention. 

Source: Michigan Primary Care Consortium

 

Michigan Primary Care Association Applauds CMS & MDHHS for Approving Healthy Michigan Plan Second WaOpen in a New Window

Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan, applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for approving the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) second waiver on December 17, 2015.


“On behalf of Michigan Health Centers and the nearly 600,000 HMP beneficiaries in the state of Michigan, I  extend my sincere appreciation to CMS for approving the second waiver as such enabling low-income Michigan residents to continue to receive necessary primary and preventive health care services,” states Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “This appreciation also extends to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services who worked tirelessly alongside CMS to ensure the Medicaid expansion program continued in Michigan.”

Without approval of the HMP second waiver, low-income Michigan residents would have lost their health care coverage. “Today’s approval from CMS is a victory for the State as well as HMP participants who are not eligible for financial assistance in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace,” added Sibilsky. “With this approval, HMP will continue to improve the quality of life, quality of health, and the economic viability of all Michigan communities.”

The approval affirms what many in the Health Center community believe, in both mission and practice: that all people deserve affordable health care and coverage to ensure good health. “MPCA will continue to focus on building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care,” added Sibilsky.

 

Kalamazoo Health Center Leader Named Board President of Michigan Primary Care AssociationOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, September 30, 2015 – Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been named Board Chair for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association for Michigan Health Centers.

“It is an exciting time for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), having advanced from neighborhood and back-door clinics, to the largest health care delivery system for underserved individuals all across America,” states Crawford. “FQHCs have mastered the skill of delivering high-quality health care with dignity and compassion in a cost-efficient manner; we are a leading force in today’s health care environment. I am honored to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring and progressive individuals and look forward to serving as the Board President for the association representing Michigan Health Centers.”

Crawford earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has served as the President & CEO of Family Health Center since 2009 where her vision and fiscal management skills have increased health care access for the medically underserved in Kalamazoo county through securing several large federal and state grants including $9.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding and $1.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Prior to 2009, Crawford served as Executive Director of Physician Services & Ambulatory Clinics in Dowagiac, Michigan and 17 years at Borgess Medical Center in various positions. In addition, she serves on the Board of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, the Jennings Development Interplex, KC Ready 4s and the Local Initiative Support Corporation.

Crawford received the gavel from Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, Advantage Health Centers, during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Ferguson served as MPCA Board President since 2013.

Photo available upon request.

 

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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Kalamazoo Health Center Leader Named Board President of Michigan Primary Care AssociationOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, September 28, 2015 – Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been named Board Chair for the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association for Michigan Health Centers.

“It is an exciting time for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), having advanced from neighborhood and back-door clinics, to the largest health care delivery system for underserved individuals all across America,” states Crawford. “FQHCs have mastered the skill of delivering high-quality health care with dignity and compassion in a cost-efficient manner; we are a leading force in today’s health care environment. I am honored to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring and progressive individuals and look forward to serving as the Board President for the association representing Michigan Health Centers.”

Crawford earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has served as the President & CEO of Family Health Center since 2009 where her vision and fiscal management skills have increased health care access for the medically underserved in Kalamazoo county through securing several large federal and state grants including $9.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding and $1.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Prior to 2009, Crawford served as Executive Director of Physician Services & Ambulatory Clinics in Dowagiac, Michigan and 17 years at Borgess Medical Center in various positions. In addition, she serves on the Board of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, the Jennings Development Interplex, KC Ready 4s and the Local Initiative Support Corporation.

Crawford received the gavel from Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, Advantage Health Centers, during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Ferguson served as MPCA Board President since 2013.

 

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. 

 

MPCA Honors Two Michigan Medical Services Administration Leaders with Leadership AwardOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, September 15, 2015 – The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association representing Michigan Health Centers, honored Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Jackie Prokop, RN, MHA, and Kathleen Stiffler with a Legacy of Leadership Award during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City.

The Legacy of Leadership Award is MPCA’s premier award for recognizing exemplary leadership that has significantly affected Michigan Health Center patients, the medically underserved and local communities. On August 31, both Prokop and Stiffler were honored during the conference opening session for their individual contributions and leadership.

Prokop, Director, Program Policy Division, Medical Services Administration, MDHHS, has been deeply involved in negotiations critical to Michigan’s Federally-Qualified Health Centers throughout her tenure most recently in the Medicaid Alternative Payment Methodology and the development of the Health Homes model. In all of these areas, she has been a clear thinker, a stabilizing force and a worthy partner working towards a constructive conclusion. “Jackie’s leadership during the development of the first Healthy Michigan Plan waiver is where her leadership really shone through,” according to MPCA President, Kim Sibilsky. “There were many people involved in making the waiver happen, but Jackie was the task master, point of the spear and spokesperson during a very difficult process – she demonstrated true leadership in a trying time.”

Stiffler, Acting Medicaid Director, Medical Services Administration, MDHHS, has over 30 years of public health and Medicaid experience. She began her career as a health educator with Health Central, one of the original staff model HMOs, and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. In 1987, Stiffler was the State’s first Adolescent Health Coordinator where she was responsible for the funding and oversight of some of Michigan’s first school-based Health Centers. In 2011, she became the director of the Medicaid Managed Care Plan Division and in 2013, promoted to director for the Bureau of Medicaid Care Management and Quality Assurance. From June 2015 to October 2015, Stiffler is serving as the Acting Medicaid Director. Her work as a pioneer in school-based Health Center development allowed her to get medical and behavioral health services to children in innovative and highly effective ways. In her work with Children’s Special Health Care Services, Stiffler endeavored to make life better for those who couldn’t do for themselves and for the families who care for them. In addition, with her transition to Medicaid managed care, her aspiration to lead in systems transformation that affects children, families and those in greatest need is moving forward. “She is a true servant leader – making sure the highest priority needs of the people are being served,” stated Sibilsky. “Kathy has been a pioneer, an advocate and an exquisite example of a servant leader throughout her career.”

Both Prokop and Stiffler received a plaque along with a reading of their nomination narration from MPCA CEO, Kim Sibilsky and MPCA board president, Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc. Additional information on the 2015 Legacy of Leadership winners and past award winners can be found here.

Photos available upon request.


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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Michigan Primary Care Association Honors Health Center Staff, Board Members, Volunteers & PartnersOpen in a New Window

Lansing, MI, September 15, 2015 – The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the association representing Michigan Health Centers, recognized over 30 Michigan Health Center board members, volunteers, partners, and staff during an award ceremony held during the 2015 MPCA Annual Conference in Traverse City.

The ceremony held on September 1, 2015, presented awards in nine categories. The award category, award winner(s), and description of award follow.

2015 Ralph C. Mills Health Center Board Member of the Year Award
Corey VanFleet, Past Chair, Baldwin Family Health Care, Baldwin, Michigan
The award is given to honor a Michigan Health Center board member who exemplifies dedication and commitment to providing quality health care to Michigan residents.

2015 Clinician of the Year Award
Catherine Kroll, Chief Medical Officer, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Care, Hancock, Michigan
The award is given to honor a Michigan Health Center clinician who exemplifies leadership, dedication, and commitment to providing quality health care to Michigan residents.

2015 Cindy Cooley Nursing Leadership Award
Monica Whitfield, OB Nurse, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
The award is given to honor a Michigan Health Center nurse who exemplified dedication and commitment to providing quality health care to Michigan residents.

2015 Finance Director/Officer of the Year Award
Valerie Blondin, Chief Financial Officer, Hackley Community Care Center, Muskegon, Michigan
The award is given to honor a Michigan Health Center finance director/officer for dedication, commitment, and outstanding service on behalf of Michigan Health Center patients.

2015 Advocate of the Year Award
Lisa Rutledge, Special Projects Manager, Western Wayne Family Health Center, Inkster, Michigan
The award is given to honor an individual who tirelessly advocates on behalf of, and raises the visibility of, Michigan Health Centers and the patients they serve.

Faces of Michigan Health Care Media Award
Karen Bouffard, Reporter, Detroit News
The award is given to a reporter who, through accurate reporting, has helped raise the visibility of Health Centers, the issues facing the medically underserved, and the critical need for access to quality, comprehensive, affordable health care across the state.

2015 Distinguished Service Award
The award recognizes commitment, dedication, and outstanding service on behalf of Michigan Health Center patients.

  • Michael Reagan, Chief External Relations Officer, Cherry Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Derek Ware, Chief of Staff and Executive Administrator, Detroit Community Health Connection
  • Deana Stanley-Garry, Dental Reimbursement and Information Specialist, Sterling Area Health Center, Sterling, Michigan
  • Jill Wolgamott, Site Director, East Jordan Family Health Center, East Jordan, Michigan
  • Linda Ferrell, Driver and Dental Assistant, InterCare Community Health Network, Bangor, Michigan
  • Moses Walker, Board Treasurer, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Marcia Patton-Johnson, Clinical Director, Family Medical Center of Michigan, Temperance, Michigan
  • Kosrae Harman, Program Manager, Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc., Hillman, Michigan
  • Linda Constantino, Chief Financial Officer, Cherry Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lloyd Kernen, Chief Financial Officer, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Patricia Johnson, Director and Board Secretary, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Hancock, Michigan
  • Kathy Jackson, Pediatrician, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Nancy Dextrom, Vice Chair of Governing Board, Thunder Bay Community Health Center, Inc., Hillman, MI
  • Adrienne Grimmett, Dental Director, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Eric Davidson, Board Secretary, Baldwin Family Health Care, Baldwin, Michigan
  • Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, Advantage Health Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • Anthony King, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, Detroit, Michigan

Peer Leadership Award
The award recognizes Michigan Health Center staff who are leaders among their peers, particularly within the MPCA Communications Network in which they participate.

  • Lynn Kiter, Billing and Reporting Manager, Ingham Community Health Centers, Lansing, Michigan
  • Diane Anderson, Chief Human Resource Officer, Hackley Community Care Center, Muskegon, Michigan
  • Christian Garcia, Regional Outreach Supervisor, InterCare Community Health Network, Bangor, Michigan
  • Stacey Gedeon, Director of Behavioral Health and Integrated Primary Care, MidMichigan Community Health Services, Houghton Lake, Michigan
  • Staci Allmand, Detroit Central City Health Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • Alison Dault, Cherry Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Pork Chop Award
The award honors an individual who embodies the spirit of MPCA.

  • Ed Larkins, Executive Director, Family Medical Center of Michigan, Temperance, Michigan
  • Linda Welle, HRSA/Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Donald Simila, Chief Executive Officer, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Hancock, Michigan 

Award winners received a plaque along with a reading of their nomination narration from MPCA CEO, Kim Sibilsky and MPCA board president, Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center, Inc. “The annual awards program is a long-standing MPCA tradition” according to Sibilsky. “For over 30 years, the Association has honored Health Center staff, board members, volunteers, and partners for their accomplishments and dedication to serving the residents of Michigan who lack access to critical primary and preventive care.”

Today, 40 Michigan Health Centers provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for more than 615,000 residents at over 250 sites located in both rural and urban communities.

Additional information on the 2015 award winners, the award winner nomination narrative and past award winners can be found here.

Photos available upon request.

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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Michigan Primary Care Association Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center WeekOpen in a New Window

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2015

CONTACT: 
Enroll America: Paydon Miller

pmiller@enrollamerica.org
| (215) 370-1960

Michigan Primary Care Association: Alyssa Jones
ajones@mpca.net
| (517) 381-9440
 

Michigan Primary Care Association Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

During National Health Center Week, Enroll America recognizes Michigan Primary Care Association's commitment to helping Michiganders access quality care, understand their insurance options, and enroll in affordable coverage.

Lansing, MI– As part of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Enroll America today recognized the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) for their work in helping low-income and medically underserved communities receive necessary primary care services, community outreach and education on health coverage options, and enrolling the uninsured in quality coverage.

NHCW is a weeklong campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers – the largest and most successful system of primary health care. Enroll America and MPCA have collaborated on expanding the access to educational and enrollment resources to Michigan’s uninsured, and due in part to the work of MPCA and its partners, more than 893,000 Michiganders have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“MPCA’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Michiganders,” said Erin Knott, Michigan State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Michigan. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the state to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Michigan.”

For over 30 years, MPCA has been the voice and membership organization for Michigan Health Centers and other community-based providers. Today, 40 Michigan Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for over 600,000 residents annually at over 250 sites across the state.

Since the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013 and the Healthy Michigan Plan in 2014, MPCA has collaborated with Enroll America to identify areas of need in Michigan and expand access to in-person enrollment assistance to help residents find a plan that fits their needs and budget.

“MPCA and Enroll America have a history of collaboration and we are proud to work alongside Enroll America to equip our Health Centers and assist Michigan residents in having access to quality health care and health coverage,” said Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Michigan Health Centers play a critical role in patient and community education, outreach, health navigation and coordination. Between July 2013 and March 2015, Michigan Health Center Outreach and Enrollment staff provided assistance over 236,000 times by answering health coverage questions, and providing education on new health coverage options and benefits. With the help of Enroll America, we are able to provide high- quality, low-cost care to the residents in Michigan.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers,
over 23 million people call a Health Center their health care home. With more than 9,200 sites throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories, the need for Health Centers continues to grow as an estimated 42 million Americans lack insurance. Health Centers provide a range of primary care services including pediatrics, OB/GYN, pharmacy, oral health, and mental health services as well as support services - transportation, translation, education, and connection to community supports including housing and food assistance. Health Centers are open to all regardless of insurance status and are located in a high-need areas and each Health Center tailors services based upon the community need.

“Health Centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Knott. “Without MPCA’s leadership and tireless effort, many Michiganders may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and MPCA will once again collaborate on a “Coverage to Care” effort that will work to educate the newly insured on how to use their coverage and increase the overall health literacy in Michigan.


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About Enroll America and Get Covered America

Enroll America is the nation's leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 

The Get Covered America campaign was created in 2013 to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options, and has been tested, refined, and proven successful through two enrollment cycles. Get Covered America programs and tools are now being utilized by partners in enrollment efforts nationwide, supported by more than 100 Enroll America staff working both nationally and on-the-ground in targeted communities across the country.

 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to Receive Community Health Champion Award in Detroit on August 18Open in a New Window

Lansing, MI, August 17, 2015 – Throughout the month of August, Health Centers across the nation plan events and community outreach to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers. This year, Health Centers celebrate 50 years of providing quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care in the U.S.

Last week, during National Health Center Week (August 9 – 15), Michigan Health Centers hosted over 100 events to celebrate Health Center successes with the communities they serve through holding health fairs, symposiums, meet and greets and visits by Members of Congress and their staff. The weeklong national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows Health Centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) through over 9,200 delivery sites throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

In recognition of her Health Center support and leadership, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will receive the National Association for Community Health Centers 2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award on August 18 at 1 pm ET at the Thea Bowman Community Health Center in Detroit. Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice and membership association for Michigan’s Health Centers will present the award to Kim Corbin, Sen. Stabenow’s Legislative Counsel. Sen. Stabenow is unable to attend the event due to a prior commitment. While at the Health Center, Ms. Corbin will go on a tour of the Advantage Health Center site.

“Every year, August brings the celebration and recognition of Health Centers and during this time, raising awareness of Health Centers is a key focus. Reaching out to thank our Members of Congress, who have provided their unyielding support of the Health Center mission and accomplishments is important,” stated Sibilsky. “We are especially grateful for the efforts of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), whose leadership helped Health Centers avert a massive funding cliff that would have resulted in the loss of health care services in Michigan.”

Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 266 Health Centers in 46 states, five of which are located in Michigan. Eight Michigan Health Centers received ACA funding earlier this year. With $9 million in ACA funding granted in Michigan in 2015, it is projected Michigan Health Centers will increase access to health care services for nearly 53,000 additional Michiganders. Today, Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 Michiganders through more than 250 delivery sites.

“It is an honor to partner with the Michigan Primary Care Association as their Health Centers provide quality, affordable health care to families who do not have access to basic medical services,” said Senator Stabenow. “Because of their work, moms and dads have the peace of mind of knowing they can take their children to a doctor and get them the health care they need. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure these Health Centers have the resources they need to continue to providing affordable health care."

One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, Health Centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

• Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
• Reducing infant mortality rates
• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent

About Community Health Centers
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, community health centers serve over 24 million people at more than 9,200 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Health Centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. To learn more, please visit www.healthcenterweek.org or www.nachc.org or follow #NHCW on Twitter.

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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