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.

New MiCare Champion Podcast Explores Health Equity

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The 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, Renée Branch Canady, PhD, MPA, who serves as CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), shares her knowledge and insight on health equity — what it is, why it matters, and what resources are available to those who want to create a more inclusive, equitable culture in their lives and work.

MPHI is a Michigan-based and nationally engaged nonprofit public health institute dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration, and Canady has been recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence, and social justice.

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.

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

Aug. 19 Webinar to Inform LGBTQ+ Data Collection

To address the lack of data on LGBTQ+ patients and address health inequities, the Michigan Public Health Institute and the MHA Keystone Center are hosting a webinar titled LGBTQ+ Informed Care: It Starts with Data from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19.

Experts on this topic will present on the need for healthcare organizations to collect patient demographic information securely and consistently to effectively address LGBTQ+ health issues and disparities. Speakers include Mixhi Marquis, LMT, executive director and co-founder, Mosaic Health & Healing Arts</a>; Judy Lewis, training and education manager, SAGE Metro Detroit</a>; and MaryJo Schnell, executive director, OutCenter of Southwest Michigan.

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.