MHA Joins Healthcare Experts to Discuss Economic Trends in Healthcare

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MHA CEO Brian Peters speaks at the West Michigan Healthcare Economic ForecastMHA CEO Brian Peters joined healthcare leaders from around the state on Jan. 8 for a panel discussion on West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast. During the conversation, Peters focused on health trends regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and providing equitable care.

The West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast is hosted each January by the Grand Valley State University Office of the Vice Provost for Health to present findings of their annual study of economic health trends in West Michigan. Erkmen Aslim, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics and Dan Montanera, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, kicked off the virtual event by discussing the Health Check report, analyzing health risks and trends for Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties compared to statewide and national data.

Jean Nagelkerk, Ph.D., FNP, vice provost for health at Grand Valley State University, moderated the panel where Peters was joined by Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan; Ronald G. Grifka, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI, chief medical officer, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health; and Hyung Tai Kim, MD, MBA, president, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Additionally, Peters explained how health disparities have only been aggravated by the pandemic, siting food insecurity and overdose deaths as ongoing concerns for health experts.

“The opioid epidemic has only been exacerbated by COVID-19,” Peters said. “Over the summer, the MHA Keystone Center released a report on health equity to assist our member organizations in addressing health disparities to achieve equitable care by providing key strategies, recommendations for action, and resources to support progress.”

The Health Check report has been made available to review. To learn more, contact the MHA.