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Michigan Health Council Provides Free Educational Series to Address Health Equity and Implicit Bias 
The MHC Implicit Bias Series will be a collection of learning modules intended to address biases around race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, and other demographic groups who often fall through the cracks of healthcare systems. The first part of this new series is available today! Learn more here. 
Vision for a Person-Centered Primary Care System
The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation released the report “In Their Words: Consumers’ Vision for a Person-Center Primary Care System” in November 2019.  Focus groups were conducted to better understand consumer experiences with and attitudes about primary care as well as the connection between primary care and the social determinants of health.  

What are consumers looking for?
  • A long term, respectful relationship with their primary care provider
  • Access to someone who can help them navigate their health care
  • A holistic approach to their health care
  • Ability to access a variety of serves at a single location
  • A provider who is culturally sensitive and can relate to their life experiences
Primary Care and COVID-19
Primary Care Collaborative (PCP) will host its annual conference, Crisis as Catalyst: Reimaging Primary Care, on November 30 – December 1, 2020.

Events of 2020 have presented significant challenges for our primary care system. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the delivery of patient care and forced us to examine the extent to which health disparities exist.  Conversations about racism and social injustice have highlighted our need to address racial, economic and health equity.  

PCP’s conference will provide an opportunity to explore what these changes mean for primary care today and in the future, how primary care can play a leading role in addressing disparities, and assuring that primary care continues to be key to improving the health of our communities.  Learn more here. 
MIDOCS Program Taps Residents For Underserved Areas, Offers Loan Repayment
MIDOCs helps to improve access to care by supporting physicians who practice in medically underserved areas. This includes creating new residency slots and providing up to $75,000 in loan repayment. Learn more here. 
Health Disparities in Michigan’s Senior Population  
America’s Health Rankings®, published by United Health Foundation, provide data about the health status of Michigan’s population. The data looks at four determinants of health: behaviors, social and economic factors, physician environment and clinical care, all of which influence health outcomes. In 2020, the Foundation published data focused on the health status of person 65+. 

Looking at the data for health outcomes for persons 65+, Michigan ranks 34th in the nation. Contributing to the low ranking are the rate of obesity, percent of people with multiple chronic conditions, and the prevalence of falls. These findings present primary care providers providing care to older adults with an opportunity to address the factors that influence health outcomes. Learn more here. 

 
LGBTQ Health Toolkit for Primary Care Providers
Research suggests LGBTQ individuals often experience barriers to health care access and significant health disparities. Factors contributing to these outcomes include societal stigma, discrimination, and lack of providers with LGBTQ health care competency. 
HealthyPeople 2030, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes a goal to improve the health, safety and well-being of LGBT people.  Information is available at www.healthypeople.com.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has produced a LGBTQ Health Toolkit, which is available on their website.  The toolkit includes evidence-based knowledge and education as well as resources to support the delivery of patient care to the LGBTQ community. Learn more here.
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