Feb. 17, 2022 | A Virtual Learning Opportunity

The surge of COVID-19 omicron variant across the state has once again forced the MHA to offer its annual Breakthrough event virtually in 2022. But Breakthrough will continue its tradition of helping MHA members pursue real change, exploring and expanding on the many healthcare lessons learned throughout the pandemic. As we continue to fight the coronavirus, we’re learning more about resilience, building capacity to evolve, and ways to ensure we’re caring for everyone in our communities.

Read through the agenda below to learn more about how Breakthrough will inspire you to apply the skills and knowledge built during the pandemic, both now and once the crisis has passed.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

1 p.m.           

Opening and Introduction

Keynote session

When Physician Becomes Patient Michael Leonard, MD, Safe & Reliable Healthcare
Check out the MiCare Champion Cast featuring Leonard discussing this topic!

Breakout conversations
(Note that all registrants will participate in each breakout.)

  • Post-pandemic: acute care and public health Julie Yaroch, DO, president, ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital
  • Prioritizing self-care and coping with burnout Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Service
  • The silent safety net: person and family engagement Molly Dwyer-White, managing director, Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, University of Michigan

3 p.m.  –  Closing remarks and adjourn

Molly Dwyer-WhiteMolly Dwyer-White, MPH, is managing director of the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute at the University of Michigan. The mission of the institute is to integrate rigorous science with patient-centered clinical care to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure diabetes and related disorders. Previously, Dwyer-White was the senior vice president, Safety & Quality, at the MHA and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Mark Eastburg, PhD, is president and CEO of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, and is the founder of the Psychological Consultation Center. Eastburg is a member of the MHA Board of Trustees.


Michael Leonard, MD, partner, Safe & Reliable Healthcare, has worked with healthcare organizations nationally and internationally to identify clear, effective and sustainable ways to enhance patient- and family-centered care, improve leadership, develop a culture of safety, work collaboratively, become highly reliable, and create an environment of continuous learning and improvement.

Julie Yaroch, DO, is president of ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. Yaroch is a board-certified internal medicine physician and a member of the MHA Board of Trustees.

MHA-member Registration Fees: $275 per person

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 the MHA Field Engagement division at (517) 886-8436 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions.

Participation Policy: Participation in MHA Health Foundation conferences is open to MHA members and invited guests only. Please contact Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Field Engagement, with questions regarding membership. Breakthrough is funded entirely by registration fees and is not supported by MHA dues.

Cancellation Policy: No refund will be issued for a cancellation, but registrants may contact the MHA Field Engagement division to arrange for an alternate.

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 and 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.

Special Needs: If you have any special needs or concerns regarding program site access or your participation in the program, call the MHA Field Engagement division at (517) 886-8436. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs!


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