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History of MPCA & Michigan Health Centers



Incorporation of Michigan Association of Rural Health Care (MARHC) to help meet health care needs of the state's rural communities through development of a network of rural health care providers and advocate organizations.


Incorporation of Michigan Primary Care Association to include urban communities within the Association's scope to broaden the base of advocacy and support across urban, rural, migrant, homeless, and other special populations care sites in Michigan's underserved communities.


Michigan was one of three states supporting the block granting of Section 330 Community Health Center grants that historically have gone directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to communities. The National Association of Community Health Centers and Michigan Primary Care Association took formal positions in opposition to the Block Grant effort.


President Reagan enforces performance mandate; new rural centers put at risk by mandate to be economically viable in three years resulting in closure of many rural Community Health Centers nationally. The National Association of Community Health Centers and Primary Care Associations increased technical assistance to help Health Centers improve business acumen.


Community Choice Michigan (CCM), a Health Center-owned Medicaid HMO, develops. It was spun off in 1995 and sold to Care Source in 2007, resulting in substantial economic return to participating Health Centers.


Michigan Primary Care Association becomes the lead Primary Care Association for the Midwest Cluster of Health Disparities Collaboratives in cooperation with the MidWest Clinicians' Network resulting in increased capacity in quality improvement, redesign, information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) capacity, and increased MPCA involvement in quality and IT systems policy development on a national and state level.


MPCA receives SIMIS grant, serves as foundation for development of VirtualCHC and the platform for potential data aggregation, warehouse capacity, and laboratory for IS.


President Bush’s Health Center initiative doubled the size of the Health Center program, reaching 18 million people, and federal funding for Health Centers surpassed $2 billion.


MPCA buys and renovates building at 7215 Westshire Drive in Lansing, Michigan, the Association's current home and a facility that we share with other organizations for office and meeting space.


Congress reauthorized (and renamed) the Children’s Health Insurance Program, providing states with significant new funding, new programmatic options, and a range of new incentives for covering children through Medicaid and CHIP. MPCA received $915,079 in grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to find and enroll children eligible for Healthy Kids, Michigan’s Medicaid program for children, or MIChild, Michigan’s CHIP, through a statewide grassroots enrollment initiative.


Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which delivered the single largest investment in Health Center history, providing $2 billion in direct Health Center funding over a 2-year period. Michigan Health Centers received $48,704,766 under ARRA ($2,600,000 new access point funding, $8,615,711 increased demand for services funding, $23,680,995 capital improvement construction program funding, $11,500,000 facility investment construction program funding, and $2,308,060 health information technology awards).


The MPCA Health Information Technology Network received $1,863,409 in grant funding from HRSA to support electronic health record implementation by matching technology (through its application services provider, VirtualCHC) with Michigan Health Centers (through the MPCA HIT Network) to provide Health Center staff with an excellent user-friendly EHR system and sophisticated data warehousing systems.


President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law and Health Centers featured prominently in this landmark health reform law to expand access, improve quality, and reduce cost of care for all Americans. It provided $11 billion in increased Health Center funding over 5 years, to enable Health Centers to double capacity. Michigan Health Centers have received $46.2 million under ACA to create new Health Center sites in medically underserved areas, enable Health Centers to increase the number of patients served, expand preventive and primary health care services, and /or support major construction and renovation projects.


With the passage of the 2011 Continuing Resolution to fund the government and prevent a shutdown, funding for the Health Centers program was cut by $600 million. This cut forced HHS to redirect funding intended for Health Center expansion to be used instead for maintaining existing operations.


MPCA received a $1 million grant award from The Kresge Foundation for a three-year project to provide technical assistance to Michigan Health Centers in developing innovative facility projects that meet the needs of medically underserved populations.


MPCA launched the Patient-Centered Medical Home Learning Community, a technical assistance initiative aimed at positioning participating Michigan Health Centers to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home designation and Meaningful Use achievement.


Six Michigan organizations receive Fiscal Year 2012 new access point funding: Cherry Street Health Services; Covenant Community Care, Genesee County Community Mental Health; MidMichigan Community Health Services; The Wellness Plan Medical Center; Wayne County Health & Human Services. 1,200 Health Centers serve 20 million-plus patients at over 8,100 delivery sites – including over 600,000 Michigan residents at more than 200 delivery sites.


Traverse Health Clinic is designated as an FQHC Look-Alike, and Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center receives Fiscal Year 2013 new access point funding to open two new delivery sites in the Upper Peninsula. This brings the total number of Michigan Health Centers to 36, 30 of which are Health Center Program grantees, three of which are FQHC Look-Alikes, and three of which are both a Health Center Program grantee and an FQHC Look-Alike. Together the 36 Health Center organizations serve over 600,000 Michigan residents at more than 220 delivery sites across the state.


Nine Michigan organizations receive Fiscal Year 2014 new access point funding to expand access to care at new Health Center delivery sites: Cherry Street Health Services (Grand Rapids), Community Mental Health Services of St. Joseph County (Centreville), Covenant Community Care (Detroit), Detroit Central City Community Mental Health (Detroit), Health Delivery, Inc. (Saginaw), Cassopolis Family Clinic (Cassopolis), MyCare Health Center (Mount Clemens), Traverse Health Clinic (Traverse City), and Western Wayne Family Health Centers (Inkster). With this funding these organizations will be able to provide care to a proposed additional 42,210 Michigan residents. Then, in September 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designated Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike.


A total of thirteen Michigan Health Centers received Fiscal Year 2015 New Access Point funding to expand access to primary care at new delivery sites in 2015. In May, eight Health Centers received funding: Advantage Health Centers (Detroit), Alcona Health Center (Cheboygan), Center for Family Health (Hillsdale), Cherry Health (Charlotte), Isabella Citizens for Health (Mount Pleasant), Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (Pontiac), Sterling Area Health Center (Whittemore/Hale), and Wayne County Health Communities Health Center (Wayne). Then, in August, five Michigan Health Centers received funding: Hamilton Community Health Network (Lapeer), Health Delivery, Inc. (Saginaw), Ingham Community Health Center (Lansing), Northwest Michigan Health Services (Benzonia), and Packard Health ( Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti). With this funding, Michigan Health Centers will be able to provide primary care services to more than 46,000 Michigan residents. During the year, Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. and Packard Health, Inc, received designations as a Federally Qualified Health Center .

Today, 45 Michigan health center organizations serve more than 672,000 Michigan residents at more than 260 delivery sites across the state.

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