Health reaches out to communities to reduce mental health stigma
Essentia Health is reaching out to the communities it serves to help people
better understand mental illnesses and help reduce the stigma felt by those who
experience it. Staff at three Essentia Health hospitals across northern
Minnesota are partnering with other organizations to provide educational
materials, organize community events and create speakers’ bureaus.
In Duluth, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center is part of Northland
Healthy Minds, one of the largest coalitions in the state working to reduce the
stigma of mental illnesses. More than 50 organizations are part of the effort.
Northland Healthy Minds was created through a collaboration between two health
systems in Duluth – Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. The organizations work
together on a shared Community Health Needs Assessment and implementing health
improvement strategies for the benefit of the community.
In Brainerd, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center partners with public
health to lead Crow Wing Energized, a grassroots health and wellness movement.
Community health survey results in 2017 found that more than 1 in 4 adults in
Crow Wing County have a mental illness. On average, people wait 10 years to
seek treatment for mental health issues, often due to stigma. Essentia Health
began modeling stigma reduction by working with the Brainerd Dispatch and the
Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce to host a panel of community leaders who
each shared their own stories of mental illness to an audience of 300, with an
additional 5,000 people viewing the livestream.
In Detroit Lakes, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s is a leader in Becker County
Energize, which earned a national award for its Mental Wellness Collaborative’s
outcomes. The community group organized training to improve awareness around
mental health, helped change policies that resulted in a 23 percent reduction
in emergency holds and better coordinate care for people with mental illnesses.
Visit the MHA website to learn more and read the full Community Benefit Report. return to top
Hortman presents to MHA board
The MHA Board of
Directors engaged with Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman at its meeting Jan.
25. The board discussed the health care issues to be considered by the
Legislature, including MHA’s opposition to government-mandated nurse staffing
ratios and support for the provider tax.
MHA encourages members to connect with their legislators as the legislative
session begins. Resources are available on the MHA website. With questions, contact Mary Krinkie,
vice president of government relations, MHA, 651-659-1465. return to top
Care Leadership Institute to feature diversity and inclusion presentations
The MHA Health Care Leadership Institute will be held March 6-8
at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The conference will feature
diversity and inclusion in health care with presentations from
Minneapolis-based author Jermaine Davis, Ph.D.; Lorraine Griffin Johnson, M.A.,
director of workplace and patient diversity, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud; and
David Hunt, president and CEO, Critical Measures, Minneapolis.
Davis’ presentation, “Leading with an Inclusive Lens: Achieving Organizational
Synergy with Diversity and Inclusion,” will equip participants with practical
tools on how to cultivate an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued,
welcomed and safe. As organizations and teams become increasingly
multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual and multifaceted, it is imperative
that organizational leaders, managers and employees communicate and work
effectively across all dimensions of diversity.
Griffin Johnson and Hunt will discuss CentraCare’s Employee Resource Groups
that bring diverse populations together during their presentation, “Creating a
Culture of Inclusion.” This session will also focus on cultural competency
training for staff and recently launched workforce diversity, language access
and physician/advanced practice professional cultural competency and linguistic
For more information or to register, download the conference brochure or
visit MHA’s website. Hotel reservations can be made online. return to top
opens for the 50th AHA Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for the American Hospital Association
(AHA) 50th Annual Meeting, taking place for April 7-10 in Washington, D.C.
Please note that this event is taking place a few weeks earlier than in
The AHA Annual Meeting includes an extensive list of national speakers with
topics ranging from national politics to trends in hospital leadership. The
event also provides an excellent chance to network with MHA colleagues and
health care professionals from around the country.
MHA will once again be hosting a delegation of MHA members at the meeting. MHA
activities include group dinners on Monday and Tuesday evening and policy
meetings with members of the Minnesota congressional delegation.
To learn more and register, visit the AHA website. Once you have registered, inform Ben Peltier,
vice president, legal and federal affairs, MHA, 651-603-3513, so he can add you
to the MHA delegation list. Questions about the AHA Annual Meeting may also be
directed to Ben. return
Minnesota Hospital Financial Ratio book now available for MHA members
The 2018 Minnesota Hospital Financial Ratio
Book, based on 2017 financial statements, is now available for MHA members. The
book contains 27 key financial ratios that hospital administrators, board
members and financial officers need to understand their hospital’s financial
standing compared to their peer groups in Minnesota.
The in-depth report, produced from hospitals’ audited financial statements,
provides unique insight into the current trends different hospital groups face
in Minnesota. The book also includes common-sized financial statements,
allowing hospitals to compare their own statements against those with similar
characteristics. Further, a system-level section is included showing the same
key financial ratios for hospital systems operating in the state.
MHA members may purchase the standard ratio book for $100. For more
information, contact Joe Schindler, vice president, finance, MHA,
651-659-1415. To order the book or customized reports, contact Jennifer Sanislo, division assistant, MHA, 651-659-1440. return to top