During its Annual Conference held October 10-12, 2010, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) kicked off the celebration of its 30th anniversary of promoting, supporting, and developing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based health care services to everyone in Michigan.
MPCA, a nonprofit organization, is the voice for Community Health Centers and other community-based providers across the state of Michigan. Today, 31 Community Health Centers operate over 160 sites in the state, providing quality, comprehensive, affordable health care to nearly 600 Michigan residents.
“The number of Michigan residents relying on Community Health Centers as their health care home of choice is increasing at a rapid rate in today’s economic climate,” said Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Health Centers provide quality health care – from medical care, to dental services, to pharmacy services, to behavioral health care and more – regardless of a patient’s insurance status or income. As a health care home, Community Health Centers provide care where patients need it, when they need it.”
MPCA got its beginnings 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, 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.
To recognize the 30th anniversary, the National Association of Community Health Centers presented MPCA board and staff with an award celebrating the Association’s years of service to those who provide quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care to America’s most vulnerable populations.