MPCA/ACCESS Expand Healthcare Enrollment Services with Navigator Grant

LANSING–The Michigan Primary Care Association and ACCESS announced on Wednesday a new development in their effort to lead affordable healthcare enrollment for vulnerable populations across Michigan.

This year, in addition to offering free healthcare enrollment services, ACCESS – along with MPCA and 10 other partner organizations – will help ensure that healthcare navigator services are expanded throughout the entire state, to reach uninsured and underinsured Michiganders in all 83 counties. Services will include outreach, education and enrollment efforts, with an aim to reach underserved communities and minority populations including MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) Michiganders. The goal is to enroll and re-enroll over 42,000 Michiganders, statewide, in health insurance coverage.

“Health centers have long been on the frontline of equitable access to healthcare, and this initiative is a natural fit with that mission,” Anne Scott, MPCA health center operations officer, said. “Michigan health centers are ready to serve their communities across the state with health care coverage enrollment services.”

 MPCA’s navigator project partner listings: Alcona Health Center, Family Health Care, Center for Family Health, Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, Hamilton Community Health Network, InterCare Community Health Network, Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc., Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., Thunder Bay Community Health Service and Traverse Health Clinic.

Since its first Navigator award during 2014, ACCESS has enrolled or re-enrolled 43,000 Michiganders in health insurance. During the 2020-2021 program year, more than 7,000 individuals were assisted. This includes assisting more than 2,453 with Health Insurance Exchange applications, more than 2,545 with Healthy Michigan Medicaid Plan applications and providing over 2,000 clients with education, case management or re-enrollment.

Grounded in a grassroots commitment to empowerment, ACCESS is the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S., with a 50-year history of nonprofit excellence. Guided by our vision of a just and equitable society, with the full participation of Arab Americans, we empower communities in Southeast Michigan to improve their economic, social and cultural well-being through an extensive network of health, education, employment and social services programming. Our mission extends nationally through our highly esteemed institutions—the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)—which are focused on making an impact through advocacy, the arts and philanthropy. For more information, visit

MPCA is the voice of 39 community health centers and four Native American health service providers that provide primary and preventive health care to more than 715,000 patients in rural and urban communities across Michigan. We advocate to influence and advance health policy in Lansing and Washington, D.C., foster collaboration among health centers and with external partners, and support health centers in the continuous pursuit of high-quality, patient-centered services. Learn more by downloadingour MPCA fact sheet!