Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Virtual Series

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Virtual Series

Orientation: 11 a.m. – noon | June 30

Webinars: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 31| Registration

Chief executive officers from more than 130 hospitals and health systems signed the MHA Pledge to Address Racism and Health Inequities, indicating a unified commitment to addressing disparities, dismantling institutional racism and achieving health equity. The pledge was endorsed by the MHA Board of Trustees and highlights the moral obligation of healthcare systems to identify and address racism that may exist within their organization. Furthermore, the pledge signifies the work that is to be done to combat systemic racism and disparities in our communities leading toward health equity for all Michiganders.

The MHA and the MHA Keystone Center are committed to addressing health disparities, a foundational concept that shapes the organizations’ quality improvement and safety efforts. All hospital and healthcare leaders, leadership teams and trustees are encouraged to participate in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion virtual series to advance their health equity efforts.

Throughout the virtual series, speaker and coach Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, will address four diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) concepts: equitable conversations, equitable messaging, partnership building and diversity pipeline development. The webinar series will address targeted topics in engaging ways by involving the audience in practices like role playing and mapping exercises. Dialogue is encouraged and expected. Teams in the audience will advance DEI concepts together.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Hospital and health system executives, including chief executive, medical, nursing and human resources executives; governing board members; and key diversity, equity and inclusion leaders are invited to participate. The MHA is partnering with other state hospital associations nationwide to offer this virtual series. Take this opportunity to engage your leadership teams with others from across the country to advance health equity!

Session One: June 30

A New Referee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation

This session establishes why equity remains the missing element in achieving a more inclusive and diverse work environment. It focuses on orienting participants to the key concepts and application of equity in multiple settings and defines key terms that will be referenced throughout the series. This session is crucial to the series. If a registrant must miss this session, a recording will be provided.

Session Two: July 14

Equitable Conversations

As approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion continue to expand within a 21st century cultural framework, so should your tactics. This session examines scenarios that routinely surface in organizations during DEI strategy implementation. Healthcare leaders will learn how to engage managers and teams in every step of their DEI strategy journey.

Session Three: July 28

Equitable Messaging

Using blockbuster movies and favorite television shows as examples, this session helps you understand the art of equitable messaging that connects with the emotions of diversity, equity and inclusion. You will begin to better understand and calibrate your advertising, media and business-to-business relationships.

Session Four: August 11

Equitable Partnership Building

Sustainable DEI approaches require strategic partnerships that can protect your organizational vulnerabilities and bolster long-term goals. Nurturing relationships with civic groups or organizations that are also attempting to enhance their DEI presence can be difficult. We often say “yes” to everyone in the afterglow of DEI initialization, but how can we find partners that enhance our efforts and increase our DEI credibility? This session educates healthcare leaders on what Jenkins calls the “win-when partnership assessment framework” and how to identify and nurture nontraditional partnerships.

Session Five: August 31

Diversity Pipeline Development

Every organization wants to increase their diversity portfolio, but they often struggle with executing an effective strategy. This session guides participants through effective minority pipeline development, including identifying the professional and personal racial affinity member organizations that build our strategy, and the do’s and do nots of pipeline development.

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, was 11 years old when his mother was diagnosed with renal disease. He vividly recalls a doctor telling his mother that she was “on his time now” and that if a kidney came in the middle of the night, he would not get out of bed to do the surgery. It was in that moment that Jenkins saw inequity happen.

As a young adult, Jenkins used his journalistic skills to advocate against racism and its effect on public health and wrote his doctorate on breaking the social stigmas relating to racial injustice in the field of healthcare. Today Jenkins is a leader in health equity and serves as a fellow within the Veterans Health Administration Office of Minority Health and on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Equity. He was a speaker at the MHA 2021 Virtual Annual Membership Meeting.

Dr Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Pricing Options: Pricing includes entire series. Upon purchase of a team package, each person will register with a unique email address. The series will be broadcast on Zoom, a platform compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. Zoom will send links to each participant to access each session. No substitutions are permitted, but if a session is missed due to an emergency, a recording will be available.

  • Up to 5 connections/people: $1,676
  • Up to 10 connections/people: $2,600
  • Up to 20 connections/people: $4,700
  • Up to 25 connections/people: $5,625

Registration: To register for the virtual series Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, provide your email address, phone number and intention to register for the DEI series in the contact form. A member of the MHA Field Engagement division will contact you for further information. Registration is due no later than June 22. 

Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent of the registration fee will be credited to the card used for registration payment if notice is given by June 28, 2021. No refund will be issued after this time.

Questions: If you have questions related to registration, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA at (517) 323-3443. Contact Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about the virtual series.