Toolkit Created to Strengthen Caregiver Support Programs

The MHA Keystone Center recently released the Michigan Caregiver Navigation Toolkit to guide hospitals and health systems implementing and maintaining caregiver navigation programs. These initiatives are designed to support caregivers in their role by providing connections, resources and education.

The Michigan Caregiver Navigation Toolkit aims to serve as a resource for healthcare staff looking to develop or improve the caregiver navigation program across their system. Although caregiving is relevant across all age groups, this toolkit is primarily intended for use on adults ages 18 years or older, with a special focus on older adults. The toolkit allows users to assess current structures to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in caregiver support. It also provides guidance to create actionable plans for program development and expansion.

The MHA Keystone Center partnered with Henry Ford Health’s Caregiver Assistance Resources and Education (C.A.R.E) Program team and Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology to create the toolkit. Thanks to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, this resource is available to Michigan hospitals and health systems free of charge.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

MHA Keystone Center Cohosting Caregiver Navigation Roundtable

The MHA Keystone Center is partnering with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and RUSH University Medical Center to host a virtual roundtable from 10 to 11:15 a.m. June 21 on implementing caregiver navigation programs in health systems across Michigan.

Attendees will learn about a new Michigan Caregiver Navigation Toolkit developed by the MHA Keystone Center, as well as how RUSH University Medical Center has expanded its Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative to incorporate caregiving best practices in its Caring for Caregivers model. Attendees will engage in a roundtable discussion about barriers and solutions to expanding caregiver programming in their organizations and across the state.

Attendees will also:

  • Learn about new initiatives and programs that focus on the health and well-being of patient caregivers.
  • Engage in an open discussion about potential barriers and solutions to adopting caregiver programming in your organization.
  • Participate in small breakout sessions to better learn each attendee’s unique needs to assist with adopting a new caregiver model.
  • Develop and leverage feedback to plan and evaluate how to expand caregiver programming across the state.

Executive and clinical leaders, patient safety officers, quality improvement personnel, directors of patient experience or compliance, care managers and caregiver program managers are encouraged to register by June 7 for the virtual roundtable.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

MHA Keystone Center Presents Annual Health Equity Summit

Registration is now open for the Michigan Health Equity Summit that will take place in-person at Lansing Community College West Campus and virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 3.

This summit aims to provide an update of state healthcare disparity data, explore how Michigan hospitals can continue to expand upon their work in eliminating disparities and highlight the work select hospitals are doing to advance health equity for all Michiganders.

The program – provided in partnership by the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan State University’s Institute for Health Policy and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund  – is designed for patient safety officers, quality improvement personnel, directors of patient experience or compliance, executive and clinical leaders and health equity staff members.

Included in the agenda is keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, a renowned advocate against racism and its impact on public health, who will lead the summit discussion in his keynote address.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.