MHA Creates COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for Hospitals

As hospitals and health systems across Michigan continue communication efforts around COVID-19 and the importance of getting vaccinated this winter season, the MHA has developed a downloadable social media toolkit with posts and graphics for healthcare organizations to share across digital platforms. The toolkit includes content focused on the following topics:

  • COVID-19 Hospital Capacity.
  • COVID-19 Holiday Safety.
  • COVID-19 Testing Protocol.
  • COVID-19 Public Safety Protocol.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging.

The toolkit is also accessible through the resources for healthcare professionals section of the MHA COVID-19 landing page. Those with questions may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

MHA Creates Vaccine Communications Toolkit for Providers

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In an effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines and combat misinformation, the MHA has developed a downloadable toolkit for providers to perform direct patient outreach and public education around the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The MHA will host a Zoom webinar at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, to walk through how to best use the toolkit, which includes:

Those with questions may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Aug. 9

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MHA COVID-19 Update imageThe MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates are outlined below.

Michigan Case Numbers and Hospitalizations Continue to Increase

Michigan reported over 3,100 new COVID-19 cases from this past Thursday and Friday, bringing the daily average of cases up to 1,564. Hospitalizations also continue to increase, with 889 confirmed hospitalizations statewide, 19 of which are pediatric. Over the last four weeks, 99% of test samples sequenced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are the delta variant.

Members with data questions may contact Jim Lee.

Social Media Toolkit Available with Delta Variant Messaging, Immunization Awareness Posts and Vaccine FAQs

To help communicate messages around the delta variant, updated masking guidance, childhood immunizations and general COVID-19 vaccine information, the MHA has created a downloadable social media toolkit with posts and graphics for public use. Members are encourage to share the content on their own channels or engage through the MHA’s Twitter or Facebook. The toolkit and other COVID-19 resources can be found on the COVID-19 webpage of the MHA website. Members with social media questions may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro.

Chief Medical Officer Debunks COVID-19 Vaccine Myths on MiCare Champion Cast

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MiCareMatters PodcastThe MHA released a new episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, which features interviews with healthcare policy experts in Michigan on key issues that impact healthcare and the health of communities.

On this episode, Lydia Watson, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of MidMichigan Health, discusses her perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic, from managing the needs of front-line staff to sharing stories of hope and healing throughout some of the most challenging moments of 2020. Later in the show, Watson debunks some common myths about the COVID-19 vaccines.

This podcast is part of the statewide #MiCareMatters campaign, launched in 2017, which aims to build a network of citizens — “MiCare Champions” — who will be called upon to engage in advocacy efforts to protect access to affordable healthcare services in Michigan. It is currently available to listen to via YouTube and SoundCloud.

Members with questions or who would like to submit ideas for future podcasts should contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

MHA Twitter Chat to Address COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

MHA Twitter Chat to Address COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccine Twitter ChatAs the state continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to select groups of essential workers and at-risk populations, it’s critical to ensure that Michiganders across the state are equipped with accurate information and resources regarding the safety, effectiveness and distribution of the vaccine.

To help inform the public and answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the MHA will host a Twitter Chat on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. During the event, the MHA will moderate and lead the conversation, asking questions from @MIHospitalAssoc. The discussion will allow member organizations and subject matter experts an opportunity to provide the public with local information and resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in participating may follow along from the MHA’s Twitter account or search the hashtag #MHAHealthChat over the course of the hour.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the chat may review the questions prior to the event. To confirm participation or for any questions, members may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

MHA Hosting Mental Health Twitter Chat Sept. 9

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The fear and uncertainty of COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the mental health of our communities. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, it was found that 53% of adults in the U.S. reported poor mental health due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.#MHAHealtChat

To help educate and encourage conversation around mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the MHA will host a Twitter chat from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. The chat will feature input from guest expert Brian Ahmedani, PhD, director, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System (@bahmedani).

During times when people may be suffering in silence, it’s important to work together to break the stigma, raise awareness and provide resources related to mental health. Those interested in participating may follow along from the MHA’s Twitter account (@MIHospitalAssoc) or search the hashtag #MHAHealthChat over the course of the hour.

Those with questions should contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.