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Michigan Primary Care Association is working toward 100% access to health care in Michigan and zero health disparities. MPCA's Community Development Program serves as a catalyst for achieving this goal by assisting communities in determining the best approach to provide access to care. MPCA is committed to strengthening existing Health Centers and developing new Health Centers. Today there are 40 Health Centers organizations in Michigan. Of those, 37 are Health Center Program grantees, 1 is an FQHC Look-Alike, and 2 are both a Health Center Program grantee and a FQHC Look-Alike.


Working With Communities in Early Stages of Community Change

  • Assess community assets and needs
  • Facilitate strategic planning with communities
  • Assist in the development of local leadership around health access
  • Create inventories of local skills and resources

Assisting in Creating New Access Points

  • Work with communities to develop primary care sites including FQHCs
  • Work with communities to expand availability of services, particularly in the area of dental and behavioral health where there is currently widespread problems with access
  • Provide technical assistance to access other necessary resources

Strengthening the Safety Net

  • Develop initiatives to sustain and strengthen safety net providers and encourage joint planning and information-sharing
  • Work with communities to create integrated delivery systems through coordination and collaboration

Common Questions

What Does The Term "Health Center" Mean?

"Health Center" refers to organizations that receive grants under the Health Center Program as authorized under Section 330 of Public Health Service Act, as amended, and FQHC Look-Alike organizations, which meet all the Health Center Program requirements but do not receive Health Center Program grants. Health Centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to Medically Underserved Populations/Areas.

Who Administers the Health Center Program?

The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), administers the Health Center Program and provides ongoing oversight of Health Center Program grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certifies FQHC Look-Alikes, based on recommendations provided by HRSA/BPHC.

What Does the Term "Federally Qualified Health Center" Mean?

Medicare and Medicaid statutes define the provider type "Federally Qualified Health Center” (FQHC) (Social Security Act §1861(aa)(4) and §1905(l)(2)(B) respectively). The term FQHC is used by CMS to indicate that an organization is approved to be reimbursed under Medicare and Medicaid using specific methodologies for FQHCs. 

Community Development Resources

Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Community Development Resources to assist in the process of starting a Health Center of Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page or you may search the Community Development Resources webpage.


More Information

Nashia Choudhury, MPH
Health Center Growth Specialist


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