MHA Monday Report Oct. 26, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 19

The number of COVID-19 cases is climbing, and Michigan hospitals are again experiencing an influx of patients battling the disease. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …

Michigan Harvest Gathering Kicks Off with MHA’s $30,000 Contribution

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering virtually kicked off Oct. 20, when MHA CEO Brian Peters joined community partners and presented the MHA’s $30,000 pledge toward Michigan’s emergency food …

Patient Safety Organization Offers Rural Health and Opioids Safe Table

As a member organization dedicated to improving safety and quality in healthcare, the MHA Keystone Center continues to offer events and serve members despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization will host its first  …

Learn How Governing Boards are Addressing Social Needs​

Hospital and health system trustees are promoting value in their communities by tackling societal factors that influence the health and well-being of residents. In a two-part American Hospital Association podcast moderated by Priya Bathija  …

The Keckley Report

What a Blue Wave Means for Healthcare

“In its October 17, 2020 Confidence Interval assessment, FiveThirtyEight put the possibility of a Democratic sweep at 70%. … It’s being described as a change election. Pundits are speculating it could be a Blue Wave.

“What might a Blue Wave mean for healthcare? And more strategically, what might change for those of us who are part of this industry?”

Paul Keckley. Oct. 19, 2020

MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals

The MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including headlines recapping the MHA's participation in a press conference Oct. 13 on COVID-19 and the release of a joint statement from physician leaders of Michigan hospitals and healthcare systems.

MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals

MI Vote Matters 2020

MI Vote Matters logoThe MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and issues for Election 2020. The series is designed to provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day.

Statewide Ballot Proposals:

Proposal 1 – Natural Resources Trust Fund Spending

If approved, this measure would amend the state Constitution to provide more flexibility in how revenue from oil, gas and mineral state-land lease royalties are allocated for environmental protection, the development and maintenance of parks, nature areas and public recreation facilities.

Proposal 2 – Electronic Communications Data Protections

If approved, this measure would add protections into the state Constitution to require a search warrant to access a person's electronic data or electronic communications.


The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a well-respected, independent, nonpartisan public policy research organization, currently has available on its website three excellent analyses of each statewide ballot proposal. Each analysis provides an in-depth look at how the proposals will impact Michigan residents, free of any support for one side or another.


The MHA has not taken an official position on either of the measures that appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. However, statewide ballot proposals serve an important role in public policy by putting the power to approve or reject changes to Michigan’s Constitution or state law in the hands of voters. For that reason, the MHA encourages voters to learn more about each proposal to make informed decisions on Election Day.


View both sides of the ballot before submission, as ballot proposals often appear on the back side of a ballot.

For more election information and updates or to request Election 2020 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email Join the MHA in talking about Election 2020 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.