Annual Membership Meeting

Thanks to Our 2023 Sponsors!

Our corporate sponsors generous and continued support makes the MHA Annual Membership Meeting a valuable land productive event. We’d like to thank these sponsors in advance of the meeting for generously responding to our request for support.

All-Access SponsorsBlue Cross Blue Shield


Kitch Attorneys & Counselors


USA Senior Care Network

Novo Nordisk

Grand Hotel

Transformation Sponsor



Community SponsorsAdvomasHall Render


Medtel Logo


Michigan Professional Insurance exchange (mpie)


Links Fore Health

Tee Sponsors

2023 MHA Annual Meeting

June 28 – June 30, 2023 | Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

MHA Annual Meeting 2023 BrochureThe opportunities to create a system where all individuals reach their highest level of health have never been greater or more challenging. Disparities and social determinants of health, lack of access to behavioral health, affordability and disparate technology are a few challenges we are working on but cannot address single-handedly. From design to implementation and assessment, we must paint a tapestry from a palette filled with a variety of solutions.

The MHA Annual Membership Meeting gives us the chance to explore ways to design Michigan’s healthcare tapestry. Sessions will highlight tactics to address structural inequalities by leveraging data and partnerships, build diversity in healthcare leadership and workforce, consider how to support public health infrastructure and transform workflows to bring innovative solutions to the market.


9 a.m.
MHA Board of Trustees Meeting

10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Area Open

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social

6 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception

6 – 10 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 6-12)


7 – 8:15 a.m.
ACHE Annual State Membership Meeting, Breakfast and Awards

7:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration and Welcome Area Open

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Call to Order
Presentation of Advancing Safe Care Award and Circle of Honor Awards

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
MHA House of Delegates (Members Only)
Presentation of Health PAC Awards

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11 a.m.
General Session

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Fireside Chat

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Presentation of Ludwig Community Benefit Awards and Healthcare Leadership Awards

11:45 a.m.
Recess: MHA House of Delegates
Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.
Links Fore Health Golf Outing Begins

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Family Event

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Physician CME Session

6 – 7 p.m.
Gala Reception

6 – 10 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 6-12)

7 – 9 p.m.
MHA Annual Banquet

9 – 11 p.m.
Chairs’ and Awards Reception


8:15 – 9 a.m.
General Session

9 – 9:15 a.m.
Inaugural Remarks of the New Chair

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Closing Session

Health Equity Belongs to Everybody

Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture
Thursday, June 29 • 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Alisahah Jackson, MD, is highly passionate about health equity, advocating that everyone should have the ability to achieve great health, no matter what they look like, how much money they make or where they come from. As president of the Lloyd H. Dean Institute for Humankindness & Health Justice at CommonSpirit, Jackson is charged with leveraging the science of kindness, compassion, empathy and trust to accelerate health equity and social justice systematically across multiple states and counties. In this session, Jackson will outline:

  • How information and observational studies outside of typical healthcare data can be used to uncover health disparities and guide clinical approaches to health improvement.
  • Ways to leverage partnerships and technology to connect patients to social resources.
  • Organizational strategies for developing a more diverse healthcare workforce to meet the health and social needs of future generations.
  • Relationship and communication strategies for overcoming misinformation and lack of trust within communities.

Taking Health Further

General Session
Thursday, June 29 • 10:30 – 11 a.m.

When Marcus Whitney moved to Nashville in 2000, he was a college dropout with a one-year-old, waiting tables and living in a week-to-week efficiency hotel. Whitney knew harnessing his creativity and “stickwithitness” to solve business problems was his path to a better life. Marcus became a successful entrepreneur in the software and digital marketing space. He co-founded venture capital firm Jumpstart Health Investors and started Jumpstart Nova, the first fund investing exclusively in Black-founded and led healthcare startups. In the midst of the pandemic and America’s investment in equity and inclusion, Whitney used his influence with healthcare leaders to acknowledge racism and inequities in power and wealth accumulation. Today he is a strong voice for change. In this session, Whitney will discuss:

  • Actions focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, including examples of empowering communities to fight health disparities.
  • Partnerships among stakeholders to bring new, inclusive innovative solutions to healthcare delivery.
  • His path to mental wellness and balance.

Fireside Chat: Problem Solving Urgent Challenges

General Session
Thursday, June 29 • 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Our mission is to provide safe, affordable care to families. But are we really moving the needle? Every family has a story about unmet needs and every provider has a process for meeting these needs. But until the gap between these two is solved, disparities will continue. Alisahah Jackson, MD, and Marcus Whitney will share their experiences in problem-solving and collaborating to improve health and well-being.

Talking Health: Good Health Depends on Better Communication

General Session
Friday, June 30 • 8:15 – 9 a.m.

Public health in the United States has been underfunded, undervalued and misunderstood largely because of the unclear and inconsistent way leaders talk about it. Communication is key and constantly evolving and because of serious vulnerabilities and systematic injustice, leaders have an opportunity to embrace new ways of communicating. Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA, president and CEO of the deBeaumont Foundation and an author of “Talking Health,” will review messages that change language and transform public perception. Castrucci will explain ways to:

  • Define public health more clearly.
  • Reframe public health assumptions.
  • Avoid messages that backfire.
  • Bring data to life through storytelling.

The Coffee Bean: Lessons to Create Positive Change

Closing Session
Friday, June 30 • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

At 20 years old, Damon West was a division 1 starting quarterback at the University of North Texas when he suffered a career-ending injury. He turned to hard-core drugs to cope with the injury and disappointments of life, eventually going to prison. During his incarceration, West had a spiritual awakening. Armed with a program of recovery, renewed faith and a miraculous second chance at life, West emerged a changed man. He is now a college professor, internationally known keynote speaker and best-selling author of “The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change.” His story of redemption, grit and determination is inspirational.

Children’s Activities

Wednesday and Thursday, June 28 and 29

When the end of June closes in, kids begin to daydream about what adventures are in store at the MHA Annual Meeting. The Grand Hotel is a destination in itself, but when kids can catch up with longtime MHA friends and make new ones, the experience is double the fun! The children’s activities are designed to be age appropriate and are packed with fun of all kinds. Please note the new age groups. Programs include a meal and activities.

Children’s Schedule and Activity

Age group Wednesday from 6 – 10 p.m. Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m.
6 – 8 years Arts and crafts Visit to Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor
9 – 12 years Scavenger hunt Outdoor games

Policies regarding Children’s Activities

You are encouraged to pre-register children for the full meeting and all activities in which they wish to participate. Complete the pre-registration form included with this brochure. If children are not registered prior to arrival on the island, they may do so Wednesday and Thursday in the Welcome Area in the Grand Hotel. Please note these policies:

  • All children must be between 6 and 12 years of age to participate in the children’s activities that will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • Children must be picked up at the specified location by 10 p.m. on both nights.
  • Children registering for the MHA activities must remain on the property during these activities and their parents must be guests of the Grand Hotel. During the children’s activities, parents must be on the Grand Hotel property (which includes the Jockey Club and the Gatehouse.)
  • Dinner and refreshments are included with the events.
  • The MHA children’s programs are organized and staffed by the Grand Hotel. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in the programs, please contact the Grand Hotel at (906) 847-3331.

The Grand Hotel does not offer babysitting services.

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, June 28 • 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us on the front porch of the Grand Hotel from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for this delicious treat in a setting enjoyed by generations old and young. (All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to attend. Please see the details on p. 7 of the brochure.)

Cocktail Receptions

Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29 • 6 – 7 p.m.

The cocktail receptions on the Grand Hotel’s famous front porch are the perfect way to reconnect with colleagues and friends. The receptions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The Chairs’ and Awards Reception inside the hotel following the MHA annual banquet is a chance to honor the MHA Special Recognition and Meritorious Service Award winners and the outgoing and incoming MHA Board of Trustees chairs. This reception is Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. (All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to attend. Please see the details on p. 7 of the brochure).

Family Event

Thursday, June 29 • 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The family event includes activities to entertain adults and children alike. An incredible lineup of carnival and inflatable games continues to be a favorite for the children, as well as a caricaturist and jousting for the more mature crowd. There’s something at the MHA family event for everyone! (All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to attend. Please see the details on p. 7 of the brochure).


Silent Auction

Wednesday, June 28 • 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m., and Thursday, June 29 • 6 – 7 p.m.

The MHA Health Foundation Ludwig Community Benefits award recipients receive financial support (donation). Award winners are MHA-member programs and services proven to meet a healthcare, economic or social need in the community. The MHA Health Foundation is holding a silent auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime vacation packages to enhance the donations available through the Patrick Ludwig Community Benefit awards. The silent auction is provided in partnership with AmFund, a national organization helping nonprofits to fulfill their important mission. More details about the silent auction will be available at MHA registration. Please plan to support your colleagues in their critical health improvement work by bidding on these signature experiences!

American College of Healthcare Executives Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast

Thursday, June 29 • 7 – 8:15 a.m.

Join American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members and healthcare colleagues to hear the latest news and perspectives from ACHE. Remarks will be provided by Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE, president, Atrium Health Navicent, and chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives. ACHE annual awards will be presented in the categories of Early Careerist, Senior Career, Faculty and Student. You must be pre-registered to attend this session. There is an additional fee.

Physician CME Session

Thursday, June 29 • 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Physician attendees are invited to this CME-approved session to learn and network. The session “Using Critical Thinking to Improve Safety,” presented by Michael Ripp, Ph.D., founding director of the program in Healthcare Management at Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business, will demonstrate how to develop critical thinking as a disciplined, structured way of building higher-reliability operations. Attendees will leave with:

  • Apply instinctive thinking and critical thinking appropriately, particularly to prevent errors.
  • Identify and appropriately apply pattern-matching.
  • Identify and avoid cognitive freezing bias.
  • Operationalize NASA’s ‘Known-Knowns’ tool.
  • Apply some of the key ‘thinking tools.’
  • Recognize that critical thinking is the foundation of high reliability.

Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, FIDSA, chief medical executive for the State of Michigan, will present “Recognizing and Addressing Health Inequities: Building Upon the Lessons Learned During COVID-19.”

Attendees will learn about:

  • The status of COVID-19 and the public health lessons learned during the pandemic.
  • The racial disparities associated with case rates, COVID-19 mortality and utilization of vaccines and therapeutics.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MyMichigan Health and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. MyMichigan Health is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MyMichigan Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Links Fore Health

Thursday, June 29 • 12:30 p.m. (shotgun start)

The Links Fore Health golf outing is back by popular demand! Proceeds from the outing help underwrite the MHA Health Foundation and its Ludwig Community Benefit awards, which recognize the programs and services Michigan hospitals provide at low or no cost to improve the quality of health and life. New this year! MHA will “drive” your experience to new levels! A golf professional will challenge players to “beat the pro” on a hole, providing friendly competition among players, with wagers benefitting the MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award fund. Please register for the outing individually or in pairs of two. Prizes are given in a variety of categories, including lowest score and longest putt. Children under the age of 18 must golf with a parent.

Complete the Links Fore Health portion of the registration form and include the outing fee with your registration materials. (Registration fee is less than market value and cannot be considered a charitable donation).

Things to Know

The MHA Annual Membership Meeting is a private membership meeting. Attendance is open to MHA members, meeting sponsors and invited guests of the MHA. Please contact Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, field engagement, with questions regarding membership.

You can register for the MHA Annual Membership Meeting online. All registration materials and appropriate fees must be returned to the MHA on or before May 26. Credit card payment is required when registering.

COVID-19 Safety

Healthcare leaders work every day to ensure the health and safety of their patients and teams, and the MHA prioritizes the same goal. The MHA continuously monitors local, state and federal guidelines and determines safety protocols and requirements for all face-to-face events. Additional details on safety protocols will be provided at the MHA Annual Meeting.

Children’s Programs

All children must be registered to attend the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, regardless of whether they will be participating in any MHA-sponsored events. Children ages 17 and younger should be registered under the children’s section. Children must also be pre-registered for the events in which they wish to participate. Because these events are intended to be age-appropriate, children may not attend programs designed for age groups older than they are. If desired, children may attend events planned for younger age groups.

Spouse/Guest Information

All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to receive a nametag that permits entrance to receptions and events. This fee also includes attendance at any or all of the general sessions. Guests include children ages 18 and older and others who are not employees, governing board members or medical staff of registering organizations.

Ferry Service

Please be aware of Shepler’s Ferry parking policies and allow for additional time to get to the island. The notable changes are as follows:

  • In both Mackinaw City and in St. Ignace, there is no longer any valet parking.
  • In Mackinaw City:
    • On-site, premium overnight parking is extremely limited. If you are able to park on-site, the cost is $40 per night and you must park your own vehicle.
    • If not, off-site parking is close by for a cost of $20 per night, with free shuttles available.
  • In St. Igance:
    • On-site, premium overnight parking is $30 per night and you must park your own vehicle.
    • Off-site parking is close by for a cost of $20 per night, with free shuttles available.

Mackinaw City Overnight Parking Instructions:

  • Proceed to the Shepler’s Ferry Dock first. You cannot gain entry into any Shepler’s off-site parking lot without first checking in at the dock and paying for your parking tag.
  • Upon arrival at the Shepler’s Ferry dock entrance, you will pull a ticket to lift the gate before proceeding to the unloading area where dock staff will tag your baggage.
  • Proceed to the ferry ticket office and take your gate ticket with you. There you will purchase your ferry ticket, bike ticket (if needed) and select a parking option: either on-site dock parking, based on availability, or off-site parking.
  1. The ticket office will give you a rearview mirror hanging parking tag and directions, if you are parking in the off-site parking. Please note: neither option can be reserved in advance.
  • Should you use off-site parking, it is a short drive from the dock. When leaving the parking lot, you will scan your parking ticket at the gate to exit. Once you arrive at an off-site lot, a Shepler’s staff member will direct you to your vehicle’s stall. Once parked, you will board Shepler’s ground transportation for the ride back to Shepler’s Ferry dock. Shepler’s Ferry is recommending you allow one hour prior to the ferry departure you would like to take for unloading, ticketing and parking.
  • On the return trip from Mackinac Island to Shepler’s Ferry Mackinaw City, retrieval of your vehicle can be done immediately by taking ground transportation to the off-site lot and bringing your vehicle back to Shepler’s Ferry to retrieve your baggage, or by retrieving your baggage and taking it with you on ground transportation to the off-site lot.

On-site parking gate tickets can be paid for at the ticket office (before going or upon return), by Mobile Pay or a pay station in the luggage area. Payment cannot be collected at the exit gate and must be done before reaching this point.

St. Ignace Overnight Parking Instructions:

  • Upon arrival at the Shepler’s Ferry dock entrance, you will pull a ticket to lift the gate before proceeding into the unloading area.
  • After you get your bags tagged, if you choose the off-site lot, you will proceed to park and pull a new standard lot ticket. This is the ticket that needs to be paid for.
  • After you return to Shepler’s Ferry St. Ignace, when you leave the parking lot, you will scan your parking ticket at the gate that must be paid in full before being able to leave the lot.

St. Ignace Overnight Parking Payment Options:

There are three options for parking payment. Be sure to keep your STANDARD LOT ticket with you for a hassle-free departure.

  • On your return from Mackinac Island, pay for parking at the ticket window using the STANDARD LOT ticket. The ticket office will validate your ticket for you to return to your vehicle and depart from there with no need to return to the dock.
  • Using your smartphone, guests can scan their parking ticket on the day of their return to pay for parking. Only do this on your return trip to the mainland, or the ticket is invalid.
  • After returning to your car in the STANDARD LOT, guests can pay using a credit/debit card at the onsite payment kiosk.

Discounts are available on Shepler’s Ferry tickets for the MHA 2023 Annual Membership Meeting guests who buy their ticket online! Simply use promotion code “MHA2023” when purchasing your tickets at  This code is case-sensitive and needs to be used in all upper case and as one word.  It will apply the discount to both the individual adult and child roundtrip tickets only.


Casual dress is encouraged during the day, with business or semiformal attire reserved for after 6 p.m. Children may be in casual dress if attending the MHA children’s programs.


If you have questions about the 2023 MHA Annual Membership Meeting, email the MHA at or  call (517) 323-3443. Questions on room reservations for the meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.

This event may be photographed and/or videotaped. Your attendance will indicate your consent for the use of such photographs or videotapes for educational and/or promotional purposes. 

MHA Code of Conduct and Antitrust Policy

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for all participants involved and has established guidelines for participation in this event. This document outlines a collection of rules and regulations and should serve as a reminder that, if we all collectively respect the significance of this contribution, we are advocating for the well-being of our fellow citizens.

Covid-19 Safety

Healthcare leaders work every day to ensure the safety of their patients and teams, and the MHA prioritizes the same goal—your health and safety. The MHA continuously monitors local, state and federal guidelines and determines safety protocols and requirements for all face-to-face events. Additional details on safety protocols will be provided at the MHA annual meeting.

The MHA reserves the right to change this policy based on current COVID-19 public health guidance. Any necessary changes will be provided in writing and posted on

Scheduling Changes

The MHA reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a program because of an insufficient number of registrations or speaker availability, as well as the right to close registration when programs are full. The MHA may cancel a program when circumstances beyond the MHA’s control — including, but not limited to, acts of nature, governmental authority or war in the United States — make it impractical or impossible to host the program or, in the opinion of the MHA, risk putting participants in harm’s way.


  • The MHA reserves the right to terminate or deny access to the event for any reason.
  • The MHA reserves the right to expel any registrant who does not abide by these guidelines.
  • The content included in this event is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing professional or legal advice. Participants should seek qualified legal or professional advice with respect to any area of concern specific to their or their organization’s situation.
  • The opinions expressed at this event are the opinions of the individual author, speaker, presenter or sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the MHA or its members.

By registering for the MHA event, the participant accepts this code of conduct policy, the MHA Antitrust Policy, and any other terms outlined in the registration materials, speaker agreements or sponsorship agreements for this meeting.

Please contact Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about the code of conduct policy.


Important information about your lodging request:

  • A separate form must be submitted for each requested room.
  • This includes breakfast and dinner each day of the stay, as well as the Grand Luncheon Experience Thursday, June 29.
  • The regular adult rate applies when children occupy a room by themselves.
  • When sharing a room with two guests paying the full rate, additional people ages 7-17 are $75 daily per person, and those 18 and older are $149 daily per person.
  • Accommodations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis based on membership status. Delegates from Type I organizations receive first priority.
  • If you request more than one room, your request will be assigned based on availability.
  • All accommodations are in the Grand Hotel until the room block is filled.
  • There is no guarantee of lodging in the Grand Hotel.
  • Phone reservations will not be accepted.
  • In accordance with Michigan law, the Grand Hotel is a nonsmoking property.
  • All confirmations will be sent to you via email from the Grand Hotel. Be sure to complete all information on the form.
  • To reserve accommodations for this meeting, complete the hotel reservation form and return it to the Grand Hotel. All hotel reservations must be returned on or before May 26, 2023. Confirmation of lodging will be sent after June 1. Questions regarding room reservations for the annual meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.
  • In the event the MHA room block at the Grand Hotel is exhausted, the MHA will assist registrants with accommodations at downtown Mackinac Island hotels that have contracted with the MHA and are able to accommodate the lodging requests.

Members can download the brochure and registration can be accessed online. A fillable PDF is available for mailing and fax registrations. Members with questions may contact field engagement.