Regional Learning Session Takes Deep Dive into Health Equity, Data

Posted on March 22, 2019

 The MHA Keystone Center’s Ewa Panetta delivered a presentation during the GLPP HIIN regional learning session.The Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN) hosted a regional learning session March 12 that focused on health equity. More than 60 members participated, in-person and virtually, from Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

This was the first health equity-focused event for the GLPP HIIN. The interactive event was dedicated to teaching members about equitable care and how data-driven approaches in healthcare organizations and communities can evoke change and address health disparities.

The morning session featured Marijata Daniel-Echols, PhD, program director, and Linda Gordon, MPH, senior health equity consultant, from the Michigan Public Health Institute’s Center for Health Equity Practice, based in Okemos. The speakers shared core concepts of health equity, the use and implementation of an equity framework, and strategies to apply a health equity approach to all parts of the data process.

Renee Smiddy, MSBA, director of research and performance measurement, MHA Service Corporation, and Ewa Panetta, manager of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, spoke about practical aspects of health equity data. They discussed data collection, training and the use of health equity data within the hospital setting to identify gaps in care and outcomes, as well as ways to align strategies to drive improvement.  

The afternoon session featured two hospital spotlights from Mouhanad Hammami, MD, MHSA, senior vice president, safety net transformation, community benefit, health and well-being, Trinity Health, Livonia; and Kimberlydawn Wisdom, senior vice president, community health and equity and chief wellness and diversity officer, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. Hammami and Wisdom discussed their systemwide journeys toward equity and diversity.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.


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