Paul Goering honored with MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award
MHA on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.
Dr. Paul Goering, vice president of mental health and addiction services at
Allina Health, received the MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award, which recognizes
strong participation and advocacy on behalf of patients, hospitals and health
Goering has always been an active voice in the mental health community, but he
has increasingly taken on a greater level responsibility in recent years. In
2016, he helped lead MHA's work to identify potentially avoidable days that
mental health patients spent admitted to the hospital when they would more
appropriately have been treated in a different care setting.
As a member of the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health, Goering provided
both hospital and ambulatory care experiences that shaped the group's
discussions and recommendations. In continuing his commitment to public policy
and advocacy, Goering testified to the Legislature on behalf of the Task Force
in early 2017 and then returned later in the session to testify in support of
HF 737, MHA-championed legislation to create mental health innovation pilots.
Goering has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ensuring that patients do
not face stigma from their providers or the community.
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
considering modifications to Communicable Disease Reporting Rules
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is considering
modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules through the Minnesota
rulemaking process. This rulemaking process will bring the requirements that
govern clinical materials up to date to respond better to the current
environment and eliminate unnecessary submissions.
MDH will be accepting comments until Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and will publish the
specific modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules at a later
date. View the request for comments and the rulemaking process on the MDH website.
For further information on the amendments and the rulemaking process, contact Patricia Segal Freeman, MDH, 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414. return to top
you to Annual Meeting Sponsors
MHA’s Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 20-22 at Madden’s Resort
in Brainerd. For more information or to register download the conference brochure or visit MHA’s website.
Many key sponsors have already committed to helping MHA deliver a high-quality
program. MHA would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity
and continued commitment to Minnesota health care. For more information about
sponsorships, contact Cari Kronschnable, clerical/program
coordinator, MHA, 651-659-1428.
Eide Bailly LLP
RSM US LLP
Dougherty & Company LLC
Excelsior Group LLC
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman
Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
JE Dunn Construction
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Life Link III
Rural Physicians Group
Ryan Companies U.S. Inc.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Clarify Health Solutions
Delta Medical Systems
North American Partners in Anesthesia
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equity conversation to be held in Bemidji
The Minnesota Department of Health Center for
Health Equity in partnership with the Northwest Indian Community Development
Center will host a community conversation on health equity on Sept. 13 from
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger
and new Center for Health Equity Director Bruce Thao, hear updates on MDH’s
progress in advancing health equity and share perspectives on how to
effectively partner to advance health equity in the state of Minnesota
Register by Sept. 5 by visiting the Bemidji Community Conversation Registration page. return to top