Health Equity Events to Explore Policy, Statewide Data and SOGI Training

The MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Public Health Institute and the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy are hosting free events to provide an in-depth look at efforts to address healthcare disparities in Michigan and highlight areas of opportunity.

  • Oct. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.: Paving the Road to Health Equity – Advocacy and PolicyThis event will 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.
  • Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – noon: Michigan Health Equity Summit, featuring Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD. This summit aims to provide an update on state healthcare disparity data, explore how Michigan hospitals can continue to expand upon their work in eliminating disparities, and highlight the work that select hospitals are doing to advance health equity for all Michiganders. Additional information is available in the event flyer.
  • Nov. 10, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Collection of SOGI Data Best Practices for the Acute Care Setting. In this training, Chris Grasso, vice president, health informatics and data services, and Alex Keuroghlian, MD, director of the division of education and training at Fenway Health, discuss best practices for collecting patient sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data and documenting SOGI in electronic health records. Registration is forthcoming.

Members may contact the MHA Keystone Center for more information.


Advancing Health Equity Through Advocacy, Policy Discussed in Webinar

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.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Registration Open for Michigan Health Equity Summit

The MHA Keystone Center is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Institute and the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy to host a Michigan Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to noon 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 that select hospitals are doing to advance health equity for all Michiganders.

Members may register for this free event online. Questions may be directed to the MHA Keystone Center.

LGBTQ+ Informed Care Webinar Offered Aug. 19

The Michigan Public Health Institute and the MHA Keystone Center are hosting a webinar to illustrate the importance of data collection specific to LGBTQ+ patients. LGBTQ+ Informed Care: It Starts with Data is a free event and will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19.

The current lack of data on LGBTQ+ patients leaves healthcare providers without the research needed to understand safety for these patients. To effectively address LGBTQ+ health issues and disparities, healthcare organizations need to collect patient demographic information securely and consistently. During this webinar, participants will differentiate data collection methods and processes for different generations of LGBTQ+ patient populations.

The event speakers will also discuss the significant amount of work that remains to protect LGBTQ+ Michiganders from discrimination in healthcare, particularly in rural and small-town communities.

Visit the MHA Keystone Center event webpage to learn more about registration and speakers for the webinar. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.