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The Michigan Primary Care Association formed in 1978 as the Michigan Association of Rural Health Care (MARHC), a networking organization of health centers and stakeholders interested in fostering primary care in rural underserved communities across the state. With the realization that urban communities also had great health care needs, the association broadened its scope to include urban Michigan communities as well. To better reflect this broadened scope, MARHC changed its name to Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), which incorporated in 1981.


Today, the MPCA is the voice of 45 community health centers that provide primary and preventive health care to more than 700,000 patients in rural and urban communities across Michigan. We advocate to influence and advance health policy in Lansing and Washington, D.C.,  and we offer operational support and training to our health centers to enhance the delivery of integrated care inclusive of primary care, dental, vision and behavioral health. 


MPCA Mission

To enhance integrated care through community health centers while influencing policy at the state and national level.


MPCA Vision

Quality Integrated Care for All

MPCA Corporate Values

  • Patients come first in all decision making
  • Member support is critical to the success of all endeavors
  • Collaboration among members and other organizations aligns goals to the same ends
  • Information is shared among the membership, collaborating organizations, and agencies
  • Innovation and continuous improvements in the workplace are crucial to maintaining responsiveness and utility to clients.

2017-2019 Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan is simple — deliver on these seven important goals:

  • Lead the change in payment reform
  • Support members in diversifying revenue streams
  • Fortify and expand legislative relationships
  • Refresh the MPCA brand
  • Reinforce and re-engineer governance structure
  • Enhance member satisfaction and communications
  • Showcase primary care and community health center expertise

You can learn more by viewing our full plan here. 


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