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Spring Updates from PCPMi


In these challenging times, Michigan Health Council is committed to staying in touch with our colleagues working in and supporting Michigan’s primary care system. While our attention is largely focused on the coronavirus pandemic, we need to continue to address other issues affecting the health and well-being of those in the communities we serve. We hope this newsletter provides information you find helpful in addressing both current and future issues impacting primary care.

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Stay safe and healthy!

Melanie Brim, President & CEO            
Amy Hoge, Director, Physician Services
Future of Primary Care
The coronavirus pandemic has presented numerous challenges for the nation’s health care systems. Access to health care services, particularly primary care, has been significantly impacted by stay-at-home orders and other restrictions. Primary care providers have had to think differently about how to connect with their patients and deliver high quality health care. The Commonwealth Funds Corinne Lewis and colleagues highlight some of the issues facing the nation’s primary care system, how the system has fared during the pandemic, and propose several strategies for improvement. Learn more here.
Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood and are associated with developing chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse later in life. The American Academy of Pediatrics produced the Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care, a web-based resource designed to increase primary care providers understanding of ACEs and develop skills needed to discuss exposure to ACEs with families. The project was funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health. Learn more here. 
Primary Care and COVID-19
The Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) , a non-profit multi-stakeholder membership organization focused on building a strong foundation of primary care, partnered with the Larry A. Green Center, on conducting a weekly survey of primary care practices to assess their ability to evaluate and manage patients during the COVID-19 crisis. The most recent survey addressed the personal toll on patients and health professions, financial strain on primary care practices, and the impact of COVID-19 on patients based on socio-economic demographics. Results of weekly surveys are available on the Primary Care Collaborative’s website. Learn more here.
LECTURE:  Population health disparities:  History, tensions, and new policy directions
Professor and associate dean for academic affairs Paula Lantz explores long-standing tensions between health care versus social policy approaches to reducing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the health of the U.S. population, drawing heavily from her own research and policy engagement. Learn more here. 
Helpful Resources During COVID-19
To support the health and well-being of health professionals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic daily, Michigan Health Council has assembled a number of resources that we hope are helpful. On our website, you will find a compilation of resources to support health care professionals and community, updated information on licensing requirements, and an online learning module on the importance of resilience.
Learn more here. 
ACP Michigan: Resource Helps Clinicians, Patients & Caregivers Focus on What Matters Most
A resource has been created to help clinicians and their patients tailor health care to what matters most to each person. Patient Priorities Care allows clinicians and patients to use materials found online to focus all decision making on the health priorities of the patient. Learn more here.
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