Breakthrough: Connect. Learn. Lead.

Breakthrough: Connect. Learn. Lead.

Breakthrough is an experience that inspires and mobilizes you to pursue real change. Offered virtually in 2021, it is an opportunity to study the challenges, learn from the experts and each other, and build a greater capacity to evolve.

Participants will hear from experts on two critical issues facing healthcare: controlling the pandemic and creating health equity. And despite meeting via Zoom technology, we've included time for networking!

Here's What's in Store:

Thursday, Feb. 25

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

What is the COVID-19 Data Teaching Us?

Presented by Marty Makary, MD, MPH

  • What data is showing us about the virus and the most recent predictions.
  • Applying the latest clinical review and data analyses to improve treatment and prevention.
  • Vaccine trials, deployment and community messaging.

4:30 - 5 p.m.

Virtual Happy Hour!

The inability to connect face-to-face doesn't mean we have to miss memorable moments with colleagues. We'll gather for a libation or snack and share what's going on in our world.

Thursday, March 18

9 - 11 a.m.

Health Equity: A Leadership and Accountability Mandate

Presented by Renee Canady, PhD, MPA

  • Understand the four intersections of racism: personal, interpersonal, institutional and structural.
  • Discuss practices and approaches that create truly ethical, fair and inclusive environments.
  • Consider ways to influence systems, laws, policies and structures that determine equal access to health.
  • Discover how the MHA Health Equity Organizational Assessment can help measure and improve steps to achieve equity.

Conference Specifics

MHA-member Registration Fee: $150 per login or $1,000 per health system, including an unlimited number of logins. Contact Erica Leyko at (517) 323-3443 if you are interested in purchasing unlimited access. Breakthrough is funded entirely by registration and sponsorship fees and is not supported by MHA dues.

Registration and Confirmation: Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration. Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal. Contact Erica Leyko at (517) 323-3443 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions. 

Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent of the registration fee will be credited to the card used for registration payment if notice is given by Feb. 23, 2021. No refund will be issued after this time. An alternate may participate in the registrant's place.

Technology Platform: Breakthrough will be broadcast on Zoom, a platform compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Special Needs: If you have any special needs or concerns regarding your participation in the program, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs!

Release: This event will be recorded and shared and may be distributed via social media or other promotional platforms. Your participation will indicate your consent for the use of the recording, images, video and written content about the event for educational and/or promotional purposes.


RenĂ©e Branch Canady, PhD, serves as chief executive officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), a Michigan-based and nationally engaged nonprofit public health institute dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration. Canady has been recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence and social justice. The MHA, the MPHI and the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy have received funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for a two-year project to assess equity beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is a New York Times bestselling author and leading voice for physicians in healthcare. He is editor-in-chief of MedPage Today and has been a frequent media commentator on public health policy for the coronavirus pandemic. His April article in the New York Times was the first major media article calling for universal masking to partially re-open American businesses. He also writes for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator on CNBC and Fox News.

Makary is a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins and a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His current research focuses on the appropriateness of care, payment reform and public health policy. 

Register Now!

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 MHA Virtual Breakthrough are available through Feb. 5. Contact us for more information about sponsorship or with questions on the event.

Take a look at photos and live coverage from Breakthrough 2020! 

Without the support of our sponsors, the MHA Virtual Breakthrough would not be possible.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 MHA Virtual Breakthrough are available through Feb. 5. Contact us to choose the option that's right for you!

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