During the Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) 2013 annual conference held August 4-6 at Crystal Mountain Resort, the non-profit association representing Michigan Health Centers honored James K. Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health with the 2013 Legacy of Leadership Award.
The Legacy of Leadership Award is Michigan Primary Care Association’s premier award for recognizing exemplary leadership that has significantly impacted Michigan Health Center patients, the medically underserved, and local communities.
“This year we honor Michigan Department of Community Health Director Haveman for his tenacity, vision, intellect, and heart,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Jim has used all of these resources as he’s not only befriended and defended Michigan’s underserved populations, but has inspired the health care community to be the best that we can be. Jim has come back to us at a critical time in Michigan’s history, and he is the leader we needed to make our next big step.”
Since being appointed as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health in September 2012, Haveman has worked tirelessly to move Governor Snyder’s health and wellness agenda forward to build a healthy Michigan future. He has been a vocal supporter of expanding Michigan’s Medicaid program to extend coverage to more low-income working adults, and he has embraced the Health Center model of care as a cost-effective model for increasing access to comprehensive health care.
Today, Michigan’s 35 Health Center organizations collectively operate over 220 sites across the state, providing care to more than 600,000 patients each year regardless of insurance status or income. They are part of a nationwide network of Health Centers that serve the primary health care needs of more than 22 million individuals in over 9,000 locations from coast to coast.
Health Center services are tailored to meet the unique needs of communities, providing primary, dental, and behavioral health care, pharmacy services, and services that help patients overcome barriers to accessing health care, such as transportation and translation. They are also sources of local jobs, employing more than 189,000 staff nationwide, and they generate tremendous economic benefits for the communities they serve.