In A Good Way: Indigenous Commercial Tobacco Control Practices

MPHI’s Shannon Laing (Center for Healthy Communities) served on the Advisory Group for this newly released report on reducing commercial tobacco use in tribal and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. This report intends to highlight tribally-based strategies developed over a 10-year period through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) formerly funded national Tribal Support Centers and through ClearWay Minnesota’s Tribal Tobacco Education and Policy (TTEP) grant initiatives. The report was prepared by ClearWay Minnesota, Truth Initiative and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. View or download this report.

The Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health

The Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health will bring together organizations and key stakeholders dedicated to improving the health of all Americans. The goal of the meeting is to engage attendees in a broad dialogue across sectors to solve complex issues to improve the health of communities and integrate clinical and community health and prevention strategies.

Only 2 Weeks Left to Register for the Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health! Register by November 22nd to reserve your spot! Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 2017 at the Westin Michigan Ave., Chicago. Registration for the Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems & Population Health is open.

  • Regular – $450 (September 1, 2017 – November 22, 2017)
  • On-site – $500 (November 29, 2017 – December 1, 2017)

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The Forum will bring together organizations and key stakeholders dedicated to improving health, health equity, and social determinants of health for all Americans. The goal of the meeting is to engage attendees in a broad dialogue to solve multi-sector, complex issues to improve the health of communities and integrate clinical and community health and prevention strategies. Read more about the event and review the full agenda on the Midwest Forum website here. Follow the conference discussion on Twitter using #MWHospitalForum.

2017 Jean Chabut Public Health Advocacy Award given to MPHI’s Hope Rollins

The Michigan Public Health Association in partnership with the Michigan Association for Local Public Health has awarded MPHI Education and Training Director, Hope Rollins with the 2017 Jean Chabut Public Health Advocacy Award.

The award honors Jean Chabut, who passed away in 2014. Chabut retired as senior deputy director of public health at the Michigan Department of Community Health and was a former MPHI Board president.

MPHI’s CEO Renee Canady was the first recipient of the award in 2014.

Hope Rollins is Director of Education and Training, where she manages multiple projects for a variety of statewide and national health education training programs. Rollins has worked extensively over the last 26 years in both the non-profit and health care/human services industries.

Prior to coming to MPHI in 1999, Rollins worked at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, assisting in the development and implementation of quality improvement measures. Rollins has served as both the State of Michigan and Great Lakes Public Health Coalition Chair Representative to the American Public Health Association, and has served on the executive committee for the Michigan Public Health Association since 2006.

Rollins joined MPHI in 1999 and received her BS in Multidisciplinary Health Studies from MSU, and will complete her MBA degree in 2018. Rollins is also an accomplished playwright, director, and choreographer and is a licensed minister.

MPHI wins Best Workforce Optimization Award

Workforce Optimization Award

MPHI has been named a winner for the prestigious Best Workforce Optimization Small to Medium Business Award at the 2016 inContact Mojo Awards! The awards, sponsored by Verizon, in partnership with Ovum recognize companies who encompass an “above and beyond” commitment to providing superior contact center experiences to their customers.

This recognition represents the true meaning of team collaboration.  Each individual working directly (PSS Staff) and indirectly (administration, technology, programming/scripting, business analysts, human resources, etc.)  with Provider Support Services has contributed to our ability in achieving this level of excellence and national recognition. I am blessed to have the privilege of leading this team.  Their creatively and commitment to excellence is truly inspirational.

This is the second year in a row our Provider Support Services team, led by Angela Crozier has been honored. This year’s award came from outstanding achievement implementing improvements to the overall operations of our department.

MPHI Welcomes Michelle Napier-Dunnings

Michelle Napier-Dunnings is MPHI’s new Chief Communications Officer. She received her Masters from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michelle brings her extensive background working with governmental agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profits and was formerly the Director of Education at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  Michelle comes to MPHI as the Executive Director of Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), working to connect all of her previous networks to the changing world of regional and equitable food systems.

Michelle is also the co-author of the book: Trust-BuildingAn Experiential Approach.

MPHI Welcomes Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols

Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols is the Director of the Center for Health Equity Practice. Dr. Daniel-Echols received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was formerly the CEO of The Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Her extensive background in research, policy and evaluation bring a wealth of expertise to MPHI.

The Center helps those who work in the field of public health understand health equity, social justice, and the social determinants of health so that they can work together in ways that reduce the likelihood that people are disadvantaged because of their race, class, or gender.

MPHI Contributes to CECANF Report on Child Abuse

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) recently released its final report, Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, CECANF was charged by the president and Congress to lead a national dialogue on child abuse and neglect fatalities, which included a two-year process of review, research, and public hearings. Teri Covington, Senior Program Director of MPHI’s National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, served on the Commission as a White House appointee. You can read the report here:

2015 Planner of the Year

MPHI Events Planner Anissa Damon, was recently awarded the 2015 Planner of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. She was chosen for the award by her peers for her dedication and contributions to the organization. This is the second year that Anissa has received this honor; she was also awarded Planner of the Year in 2009. In addition to the awards that she has received form the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Anissa was awarded Michigan’s Finest Meeting Planner at the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Professionals International in 2014. Anissa currently works as an Events Planner II at MPHI.

Four-Year State Innovation Model Project Comes to Michigan

Michigan has received $70 million in federal funding from 2015-2019 to support innovative health care system enhancements that benefit families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund the testing of Michigan’s “Blueprint for Health Innovation,” a plan that guides the state as it pursues better coordination of care, lower costs, and improved health outcomes. Special attention is being paid to building linkages to safety-net settings, integrating primary care and behavioral health, engaging populations, promoting person-centered care, reducing population health risks, and coordinating human services and health care to address social determinants. The Blueprint calls for prioritizing improvement efforts for three target populations: at-risk pregnant women, high utilizers of Emergency Departments, and people with multiple chronic conditions.

The funding will support multi-payer payment and health care delivery system transformation to improve health system performance and reduce costs. The model also recognizes that better health requires a comprehensive approach involving safe and healthy communities, workplaces, homes and lifestyles. Efforts will be concentrated on establishing effective Accountable Systems of Care and Community Health Innovation Regions that advance these goals, as described in the Blueprint.

MPHI previously assisted the State in developing the Blueprint by engaging partners, convening workgroups, helping to identify common ground, and supporting the drafting of the document itself. MPHI will continue to support the State in project implementation. This includes developing key program materials and supporting participating Accountable Systems of Care and Community Health Innovation Regions in achieving success.

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Staff Member Named “Health Care Hero 2015”

MPHI Senior Project Coordinator Doak Bloss was recently honored as Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network’s “Health Care Hero 2015.” He received the award in recognition of his work developing and implementing a curriculum to teach cultural diversity skills and for providing leadership to the “Power to Thrive” and “Place Matters” movements in Michigan. Bloss previously served as Ingham County Health Department’s health equity and social justice coordinator, and is currently coordinating MPHI’s Center for Health Equity.