Leadership Corner: The Health Equity Journey

Posted on December 06, 2018

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Michelle Norcross, MSA, senior director of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, discusses factors that create health inequities and available resources to drive improvement.

Michelle NorcrossBecker’s Hospital Review recently published an article that discusses social determinants of health and their link to hospital readmissions. You might wonder, how much do they correlate with each other? 

The study demonstrated three key findings:

  • Social determinants of health contributed to more than 50 percent of readmissions.
  • Patients with lack of transportation access were 41 percent more likely to stay in the hospital longer.
  • Patients with home instability were 32 percent more likely to have longer than average hospitalizations. 

Social determinants of health play a vital role with readmissions and length of stay. Therefore, healthcare professionals must continually ask what can be done to help, particularly in Michigan due to its high readmission rates. In addition, other important questions should be asked, such as how to collaborate with others to help provide access to safe and affordable housing, access to education, healthy food or health services.

Whether your organization has just started or has been working for some time to advance toward health equity, the MHA Keystone Center is here to support your journey. We’d love to hear about your work, successes and areas of opportunity.  

Lastly, the MHA Keystone Center asks that you join us March 12 for a Health Equity Regional Learning Session, being held at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College, Livonia. The event will cover best practices and strategies on meaningful data collection and using the data to drive improvement. Members will also engage in cultural competency training and implementation of these practices. Registration will open soon.

We look forward to seeing you March 12, as well as working with your organization as you continue down your health equity path. 

This article was featured in the MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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