Video Series Highlights Health Equity, Dashboard Available to Measure Progress

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Advancing Health EquityThe MHA and MHA Keystone Center are committed to assisting members in advancing health equity, eliminating disparities and addressing institutional racism to improve care for all Michiganders. The third and final video in the MHA Keystone Center’s video series, Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity, is now available and highlights the Health Equity Organizational Assessment (HEOA) dashboard.

The video series was developed to provide guidance on completing the HEOA accurately. The HEOA identifies key priorities within nationally recognized components of an organization’s ability to identify and address disparities. The first video served as a call to action to sign the pledge and the second video detailed how to complete the HEOA.

The final video discusses how to use the HEOA dashboard, which provides a detailed report containing custom feedback and recommendations to help organizations identify key actions and next steps. Members may access the HEOA in KeyMetrics.

In conjunction with the video series, the MHA Keystone Center released the second edition of the guide, Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity and Improve Quality. This version is updated to better align with the HEOA, specifically the letters of implementation and star ratings in section 5.  

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Effect of COVID-19 Demonstrated Through MHA OSHA Data

The MHA collects Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordable Incident Rate (RIR), Lost Time Case (LTC) rate and Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate data from member organizations as part of the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative.

The image below is a snapshot of this data from January 2017 to March 2021. The chart demonstrates spikes in the LTC and DART rates in spring 2020 and spikes in the LTC, DART and overall RIR in winter 2020, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

Both DART rate spikes suggest an increase in severe incidents, since they represent the subset of the RIR that resulted in employees missing days from work, being placed on restricted duty or transferred elsewhere within the organization due to the incident. The MHA confirmed with submitting organizations that the significant increase in RIR in November 2020 is due to increased reporting of COVID-19 exposure incidents. Nearly 100% of exposure incidents resulted in DARTs due to mandatory quarantining protocols.

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) published initial findings in its March member safety alert. The PSO continues to contact submitting organizations to better understand why new patterns are occurring and how to support activities to mitigate future staff harm. 

Members are encouraged to submit their organizations’ OSHA data to KeyMetrics, the MHA Keystone Center’s data reporting platform. Those with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops Address Slips, Trips, Falls and Sharps Injuries

MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative

Workplace Safety CollaborativeThe MHA Keystone Center is hosting two virtual workshops in September as part of its statewide Workplace Safety Collaborative. Both workshops are offered free of charge to MHA members. 

The webinar Preventing Sharps Injuries will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Key speakers will be Tom Peterson, MD, FAAP, vice president and chief safety officer, Trinity Health, and Ken Smith, CHSP, CIE, CHCM, vice president, HealthCare Safety Services, who will highlight strategies to reduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most common recordable incidents in healthcare.

A Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Injuries webinar will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Participants will hear from experts on the following subjects:

  • Creating a Successful and Engaging Safety Campaign, presented by Anita Henry, senior content marketing specialist, Munson Healthcare.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention for Hospitals, presented by MaryAnn Northcote, CPP, CHSP, safety and workers' compensation manager, McLaren Health.
  • Key Elements and Considerations for a Slip, Trip Optimum Protection Program, presented by Teresa Fisk, CIH, CSP, CIE, CHSP, an independent industrial hygienist specializing in workers' compensation and safety.

Both webinars will include a live demonstration of the workplace safety dashboard, an interactive data reporting tool in the MHA data reporting platform, KeyMetrics.

The MHA launched the ongoing collaborative to address workplace safety in hospitals. A safe and healthy workplace not only protects workers from injury and illness, it can also lower costs, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity and quality in healthcare.

MHA members are encouraged to register for both webinars to learn about strategies and tips they can implement in their health systems. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.