In a recent video message, MHA CEO Brian Peters shared his thoughts about the MHA’s commitment to helping hospitals and health systems deal with the effects of the pandemic and the value of convening in person to study challenges, learn from each other and build a greater capacity to evolve.
During MHABreakthrough, scheduled for Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, attendees will openly discuss several topics, including significant and radical changes in healthcare driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders will discuss and share how to care for staff who have been heavily impacted by patient deaths, tactics to re-engage patients’ family and relationships essential to decreasing hostility and improving patient outcomes, and how to drive the message that public health is more than infectious diseases so that state and community leaders recognize why their commitment is critical to solving health challenges.
Breakthrough also focuses on health equity and the disparities resulting from unconscious bias and racism, as well as how to engage managers and teams in every step of the diversity, equity and inclusion journey. Breakthrough speaker Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, is one of the most impactful individuals working to eliminate racial disparities in America. At this event, he will share how to practice equity, reduce disparities and lead critical conversations about health equity. Beth Washington, vice president of Community Health, Equity, and Inclusion at Bronson Healthcare Group, will share how the system is using structures already in place to build capacity for advancing equity.
Breakthrough will be in-person and vaccination will be required. Details surrounding the vaccination verification process will be available soon. Registration is open, a full agenda is online and sponsorship is available through Jan. 12. For more information, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.
The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Public Health Institute are hosting a webinar series to provide an in-depth look at efforts to address healthcare disparities in Michigan and highlight areas of opportunity.
The next webinar, Paving the Road to Health Equity: Advocacy and Policy, will occur from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 21 and feature proposed legislation and regulations related to health equity within Michigan. Participants will learn how to engage in the advocacy realm, the best way to reach out to lawmakers and the important role individual citizens have on the grassroots level. Registration for this event is free.
The series concludes with a virtual Health Equity Summit Nov. 3, which will feature Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, a renowned advocate against racism and its effect on public health and breaking the social stigmas relating to racial injustice in healthcare. Registration and additional information are available in the event flyer.
The 2021 Virtual MHA Annual Membership Meeting will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24. The event will feature a federal update from Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and remarks by Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, a leader in health equity who serves as a fellow within the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Minority Health.
The virtual meeting will include the MHA House of Delegates business meeting; recognition of the annual MHA award winners; and remarks from incoming board chair Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.
Event details are available on the meeting’s webpage, and members should register online by June 16 to participate. The meeting is open to MHA members, meeting sponsors and invited guests of the MHA. To learn more about the meeting or opportunities for sponsorship, which are available through June 4, contact Erica Leyko at (517) 285-7785.