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October 14, 2016
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MPCA Accepted to Social Determinants of Health Academy

The Michigan Primary Care Association has been accepted to the Social Determinants of Health Academy, a six-month virtual training pilot series to help Health Centers and Primary Care Associations develop, implement and sustain SDOH assessments and interventions in their clinics and communities. This opportunity was open to all Health Centers and PCAs through a competitive application process. Cherry Health was also accepted to participate.


The Academy, led by eight HRSA National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements  with expertise in a range of SDOH topics, is the first national initiative to offer a coordinated curriculum on multiple community-based SDOH interventions.


“We are honored to be one of the Primary Care Associations selected to participate in this valuable pilot project,” said MPCA CEO Loretta V. Bush. “Participation in the Academy will provide enhanced capacity to incorporate social determinants of health into clinical practice to improve health outcomes. Additionally, it will give MPCA the opportunity to collaborate with national partners to ultimately enhance support to our members. “


The training sessions will feature screening and documenting SDOH risk, housing, legal needs, transportation, and emerging issues and team building. Through the expertise of the faculty organizations, various interventions and target populations will be addressed during each training. Participants will also learn from their peers and network with a motivated group of SDOH-focused stakeholders. 


Review of BPHC Compliance Manual Underway


The Bureau of Primary Health Care has released its draft Health Center Program Compliance Manual, a web-based policy resource to assist in understanding and demonstrating compliance with Health Center Program requirements.


In the coming weeks MPCA will seek comments from members on the draft. National Association of Community Health Centers is currently reviewing the manual and drafting comments from a national perspective. Once MPCA receives member feedback a final draft of comments and a template for Health Centers to submit comments directly to the bureau will be distributed.  The deadline to submit comments will be November 22. 


Join the MPCA Community Health Worker Peer Communication Network


MPCA is launching the Community Health Worker Peer Communication Network. The CHW Network will provide an avenue for communication between CHWs in Health Centers throughout the state. Members will utilize conference calls and in-person meetings to share important updates, health center initiatives, upcoming events, questions pertaining to patient supportive services, and share resources, best practices, engagement strategies, tools and templates.  MPCA will host quarterly network conference calls and webinars to provide training and updates from organizations, and share resources beneficial to health center CHWs.


The first of the quarterly webinars will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00am- 10:30am. The kick-off webinar will highlight support and resources offered to members of the network, tools and templates, upcoming training opportunities and a live walk-through of the online CHW Toolkit. Upcoming training and events can be found on the CHW webpage

To subscribe to the CHW network and receive the kick-off webinar registration details, please send contact information to


2016 UDS Training and Finance Officers'/Operations Network Meeting


Registration is now open for the 2016 UDS Training and Finance Officers'/Operations Network Meeting. Both events will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 2016 UDS Training

The Uniform Data System in-person training, with trainer Alec McKinney, is a full-day program covering the preparation of the 2016 UDS Report. The training addresses each of the report's tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and those who use the data in their program management and improvement activities. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | MPCA Finance Officers'/Operations Network Meeting

In conjunction with the UDS Training, MPCA will host a half-day meeting for both the Michigan Health Center finance and operations officers. This in-person meeting is a great opportunity to network and discuss issues pertaining to Health Centers. A detailed agenda for the meeting will be available soon. Registration is now open. 


Just Released: STAR² Center Recruitment and Retention Plan Template


The STAR² Center, a workforce project of Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, has just released its Provider Retention and Recruitment Plan. This tool can be easily modified by your workforce team to create recruitment & retention programs that can adjust to changing conditions at your Health Center and in the health care environment. Download the tool today and be sure to join the Star2 Center for their three-part webinar series as speakers walk through the tool and describe the value of using this framework in developing or revising a recruitment and retention plan. Please contact MPCA Program Specialist Crystal Korpi for further information. 


Emergency Management:  Do 1 Thing


This month’s focus on the do1thing curriculum is Step 6: Key Personnel. Now is the time to identify your key personnel and make sure that at least one other person is ready to step in and do their job in the event that they are not able to make it to work.

Choose one or all of the following things to do this month to prepare your business for a potential emergency:

  • Identify personnel who perform essential functions in your business.
  • Create a succession plan.
  • Cross-train employees in critical operation skills in case a key employee is unable to come to work.

If you missed the last 5 steps, they can be accessed by clicking here.


Muskegon Family Care, MyCare Health Center Winners in 2016 NHCW Photo Contest


Muskegon Family Care and MyCare Health Center, Center Line, were winners in the 2016 National Health Center Week Picture & Video Contest. A record number of votes were cast and Michigan’s two Health Centers were runners-up in the photo contest.


MyCare Health Center came together with community partners, patients and local residents to promote health literacy. This year’s health fair was a successful celebration of empowering individuals to take charge of their minds and bodies with knowledge and information learned from gathering in a festive, informal environment.

My Care: Healthy bodies make for happy faces. Picture of Mrs. Bubbles and her friend.




2016 Fall Clinical Conference:  2016 Comprehensive Management of Substance Use Disorder in Primary Care:  From Prevention to Treatment.
October 19, 2016
Location:  Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing
Host: Michigan Primary Care Association 


Webinar:  Primary Care Services for LGBT Youth 
October 24, 2 pm - 3 pm 
Sponsor:  Michigan Primary Care Association


Centering Pregnancy Basic Facilitation Workshop
November 17-18, 2016
Location:  Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing


Asthma Management Training: Primary Care Matters Most 
November 3, 2016
Location:  Crowne Plaza, Lansing
Host:  Michigan Primary Care Association, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter


Save the Date:  2017 Legislative Forum 
February 23, 2017
Lansing, MI 


Save the Date:  2017 MPCA Annual Conference 
July 23-25, 2017
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 


More upcoming state & national events




MPCA posts job openings at Michigan Health Center Program grantees, Michigan FQHC Look-Alikes, and MPCA active member organizations. To submit a job opening for posting in the online MPCA Career Center and in the MPCA eUpdate, email the job title, a brief overview, a bulleted list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply to with Job Posting in the subject field.


Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins November 1


Open enrollment for 2017 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Tuesday, November 1. Consumers must enroll in or renew coverage by December 15, 2016, for coverage that begins January 1, 2017. The last day to enroll or renew for 2017 coverage is January 31, 2017. Enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP, and the Healthy Michigan Plan is open year-around. Over 100  Health Center Outreach and Enrollment staff are trained and prepared to answer consumer questions, and assist with enrolling and renewing coverage.


For the first time this year, consumers will have the option to select “Simple Choice Plans.” These plans will have a uniform set of features enabling consumers to make comparisons based on factors important to them, like monthly premiums and providers in a plan’s network. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will also pilot the display of health plan quality ratings using a 5-star rating scale in five states, including Michigan. These ratings will help provide health plan quality information on important factors including how enrollees rate their doctors and the care they received. For more information about Simple Choice Plans and quality ratings, read the CMS blog post. MPCA staff is available to help navigate complex enrollment situations and answer eligibility questions. Send your questions to


All Health Center staff can build awareness and help connect patients to coverage. Here are Ten Things You Can Do to Build Coverage Awareness at your Health Center, including:

Click here to access MPCA's Outreach & Enrollment Toolkit, which is full of information and resources to support Michigan Health Centers' efforts to educate and assist Michiganders in enrolling in the coverage option that is best for them.


Reminder:  Update Essential Community Provider List


While MPCA and NACHC have been collaborating with Health Centers since January to collect data and submit it to the Health Center Essential Community Provider list, this is a reminder that any updates should be made now for the FY 2018 Benefit Year.  The data is used by qualified health plans in the marketplace to meet the ECP contracting requirement. Visit this link to verify your information and submit any changes into the form. This is a quick process!


Ongoing updates will be accepted year-round; however, updates submitted after October 15 will be applied to the next fiscal year.


Providers who need technical assistance with the ECP petition or have general questions may receive assistance by emailing their questions to the following mailbox: Providers should write in the subject line of the email the following: “Comments on ECP Petition.” 


For questions to MPCA, please contact Julie Tatko at


Nov. 10 Webinar:  Behind the HIPAA Headlines


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights recently announced that its regional offices will increase investigations into Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act breaches that affect fewer than 500 individuals.


Under the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, covered entities and their business associates are required to report breaches affecting the unsecured protected health information of fewer than 500 individuals to HHS within 60 days of the end of the calendar year in which the breach was discovered. The Office of Civil Rights regional offices will investigate the root causes of the breaches which will lead to more settlement agreements with covered entities for these smaller breaches.


Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fideell attorneys will host a webinar on November 10 to highlight the recent flurry of HIPAA activities and to share best practices and practical advice for handling issues related to HIPAA and requests for PHI. 


Oct. 25 Webinar:  Cost Allocation, Indirect Costs and the New Supercircular Requirements


The Supercircular changes how non-federal entities can obtain indirect costs rates for federal awards. With the many funding sources that programs must juggle, following the federal rules has never been more important.


Join Ted Waters, managing partner of the Washington, DC law firm Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell for a clear and concise explanation of the new Supercircular direct cost rates and cost allocation requirements. Register here


New Markets Tax Credit Program Update


Capital Link has added a new resource to the New Markets Tax Credit Program. The publication titled New Markets Tax Credit Program Extension is the third in a series on the NMTC program and focuses on implications of the five-year program extension and steps for utilization of the New Markets Tax Credit.


The two previous publications in the series, The New Markets Tax Credit Program & New Markets Tax Credit Program Update, can be found here.


For more information about how Capital Link may be able to assist you with NMTC transactions, please contact Jonathan Chapman, Director of Community Health Center Advisory Services, at For questions about capital funding from MPCA, please contact Nashia Choudhury at Resources can also be found on the MPCA website.





CMS Accountable Health Communities
Due:  Nov. 3, 2016
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services 


W. K. Kellogg Foundation 
Various Grants 


Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Funder:  BPHC

More grant opportunities



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