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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. The members of MPCA recognized the benefit of a statewide advocacy organization as Health Centers faced the political realities of the impending Reagan years.


Today 44 Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for more than 650,000 Michigan residents at over 260 sites located in both rural and urban communities across the state.


MPCA Mission

MPCA's mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based health care services to everyone in Michigan.


MPCA Vision

To build a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA will be a leader in influencing health care policy, legislation, and regulation fostering comprehensive, community governed, quality care that ensures excellent health and quality of life for all residents of the United States.

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
  • Respect and cooperation exists among the membership, their staff, corporate board members, association staff, and affiliated colleagues


MPCA offers three classes of membership—active, associate, and student. See the Organizational Member Types webpage for more information. For a list of current organizational members, visit the Members webpage.


More Information

MPCA Fact Sheet
Health Center Fact Sheet
2015-16 Directory: Michigan Health Centers & MPCA Members
2015-16 Michigan Health Centers Brochure
2015 MPCA Annual Report


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