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Michigan Primary Care Association Welcomes New COO

Monday, April 18, 2016  
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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.

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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 or call 517.381.8000.





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