Media Recap: Pediatric Vaccines & Staffing Solutions

Brian Peters

Brian PetersThe MHA received media coverage on the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers, and staffing solutions being implemented by hospitals and health systems to address workforce challenges.

The Detroit News published a story June 18 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under five years old by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The story includes portions of a statement from MHA CEO Brian Peters on the importance of the decision.

“Widespread vaccination of children will go a long way towards reducing the number of pediatric patients hospitalized in Michigan’s hospitals with COVID-19, which over the last two years has led to over 8,000 pediatric hospitalizations in the state,” said Peters.

Crain’s Detroit Business also published an article June 20 looking at healthcare workforce sustainability in Michigan and the tactics being implemented by health systems throughout the state. Included is a quote from Peters on the demographic and talent pipeline issues that have contributed to workforce challenges.

“The reality is we knew even before the pandemic that we would have many people leaving the field,” said Peters. “Demographics aren’t on our side, and we’re simply not training enough nurses, doctors, pharmacists, whatever to replace all those retiring in the coming years.”

Headline Roundup: Week of March 29 for COVID-19 in Michigan

Gary Roth on CNN

MHA CMO Dr. Gary Roth appears on CNN on March 30.As Michigan hospitals face a third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over the past week.

The MHA issued a press release March 24 that shows hospitalization rates are increasing rapidly for younger age groups that are less likely to have been vaccinated while the vaccine is seemingly preventing hospitalization at or near 100%. The release continues to attract state and national media attention.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA.

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Wednesday, March 31

Tuesday, March 30

Monday, March 29

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: Week of March 22 for COVID-19 in Michigan

Chris Mitchell on ABC57

MHA Executive Vice President Chris Mitchell interviewed by ABC57.As Michigan hospitals face a potential third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over recent weeks.

The MHA issued a press release March 24 that indicates that the large growth in hospitalizations in Michigan in March is occurring among younger age groups that have the lowest vaccination rates among the state population.

Using hospital inpatient data, the MHA was able to show that hospitalizations are increasing the slowest among the age groups that have a higher percentage of vaccination. The release also includes quotes from MHA CEO Brian Peters and MHA Chief Medical Officer Gary Roth, DO.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA, including coverage of the press release.

Sunday, March 28

Saturday, March 27

Friday, March 26

Thursday, March 25

Wednesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 23

The MHA also saw extensive coverage across social media (primarily Twitter), including from accomplished media professionals such as Rachel Maddow, MSNBC (10.6M followers); Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News (67.6K followers); and Jackson Proskow, Global News/Global National (50K+ followers).

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.