Member Forums

Education, Networking with Healthcare Peers

The MHA hosts events throughout the year to discuss trends that will impact hospitals and health systems and tackle the challenges that are affecting providers’ ability to provide vital services to their communities. The forums are for member organizations only and are offered free of charge. For more information about Member Forums, contact us.

MHA Human Resources Member Forum

The MHA will host an in-person Human Resources Member Forum at the MHA Headquarters in Okemos from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 26, with a virtual option available as well.

Amid all the headlines about millions of healthcare workers quitting their jobs during the Great Resignation, it is easy to miss the signal in the noise. Managers perceive strain caused by the pandemic and the desire for more money as the most important reasons workers left healthcare. However, workers say their departures were more influenced by whether they were valued by the organization, lack of communication and increasing violence from the public.

Solutions to these problems come from investing in relationships and new policies. Leaders must tailor workforce strategies to employee needs and preferences and explore new ways to grow the talent pipeline. They must shield healthcare workers from the growing threat of violence and abuse and fortify support programs.

HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has pre-approved this activity: This Program, ID No. 625053, has been approved for 3.50 Workshop recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The MHA Human Resources Member Forum, designed for chief human resources officers and human resources leaders, will address a myriad of challenges and solutions in workforce recruitment, retention and safety. The forum is structured as a round table with HR and MHA leaders moderating a discussion among attendees around:

  • Building a culture of belonging and empowerment.
  • Encouraging workers to build and use their skills to advance their careers and become mentors for the next generation.
  • Inviting employees at all levels to help plan the future workforce.
  • Developing strategies for candidate pools, including young adults, minorities and veterans.
  • Boosting the capacity to prevent and curtail violence against staff.
  • Implementing better reporting systems for violent incidents, safety and well-being program evaluation.
  • Creating a strong but balanced stance on zero tolerance for violence.

The forum will conclude with a keynote presentation, Seeing Your Blind Spots Mary Sand, Ph.D., Sand Consulting, LLC. Sand will explain why we see ourselves differently from how others see us, how that impacts our leadership and ways to improve our awareness. Prior to forming Sand Consulting, LLC, Sand was vice president of strategic operations and performance excellence for a well-respected healthcare system.

  • Patrick Irwin, vice president human resources, south market, Henry Ford Hospital.
  • Adam Novak, director, safety initiatives, MHA Keystone Center.
  • Lindsay Peters, senior director, field engagement, MHA.
  • Mary Rosser, MA, SHRM-SCP, chief human resources officer, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s.
  • Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, MHA.
  • Rob Wood, senior director, partnerships, MHA.

Registration Fee: The forum is free of charge and open to MHA member organizations only. Contact Brenda Carr with questions about MHA membership.

Registration Deadline: Registration for both in-person and virtual attendees will close on Apr. 19, 2023. The MHA reserves the right to transition the forum to virtual only should the number of in-person registrations not meet the minimum requirement. Notice of a virtual-only forum will be provided on Apr. 20, 2023.

Virtual Connection Information: Virtual connections will be through Zoom and connection information will be sent by MHA via email no later than April 24. Contact Brenda Carr if you have not received confirmation by 3 p.m. April 24.

Cancellation: Please Contact Brenda Carr if you need to cancel participation.

Special Needs: If you have any special needs or concerns regarding program site access, dietary restrictions (vegetarian or gluten-free), or your participation in the program, contact Brenda Carr. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.