Happy 34th Birthday to Us!

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is celebrating its 34th birthday today, February 28, 2014. It was on this date back in 1980 that MPCA incorporated to expand the scope of what was then the Michigan Association of Rural Health Care (MARHC).

MARHC was established in 1978 to help meet health care needs of the state’s rural communities by developing a network of rural health care providers and advocate organizations. Within the first two years it became clear that great need existed outside of rural communities, as well. To help meet that need, the Association broadened its work to support initiatives in urban, migrant, homeless, as well rural underserved communities across the state.

Fast forward 34 years, today MPCA is the voice for 39 Health Center organizations, which serve more than 600,000 Michiganders at over 230 health care delivery sites, and other community-based providers.

“Just as the health care system has undergone tremendous transformations over the past 34 years, so has MPCA,” said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA’s CEO. “Our mission of promoting, supporting, and developing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based health care services to everyone in Michigan remains the same, however. It is our vision, and the guiding force in all we do, that every Michigander has convenient, affordable access to quality health care.”

The board and staff at MPCA is honored to continue this mission to help build a healthier Michigan and country by supporting and partnering with Michigan Health Centers, as well as the diverse public, private, and nonprofit organizations with which we collaborate at the local, state, and national levels. Happy birthday, MPCA!

You can learn more about the history of MPCA and Michigan Health Centers at www.mpca.net/history.

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