Reviewing Organizational Policies for Better Health Equity Outcomes

Tuesday Workshop

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Shor Salkas, MPH, Health Equity Planner, Minnesota Department of Health

Advancing health equity and racial equity requires both an internal and external approach to systems change. This workshop, sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System, will feature the Health Equity Policy Review tool piloted at the Minnesota Department of Health. This tool has been used to assess the health equity implications of existing policies in order to assure that health equity is reflected within them. The workshop will walk participants through the process of reviewing a policy, eliciting feedback, and making recommendations for more equitable policies, practices, and organizational culture. We will explore this by:

  1. Working through powerful questions that help determine if a policy promotes health equity
  2. Learning how to transform narratives and create recommendations for more equitable policies
  3. Planning and considering how this may apply and be operationalized in different workplaces
Framing for Social Change

Tuesday Workshop

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Moira O'Neil, PhD, Vice President of Research Interpretation, FrameWorks Institute

The FrameWorks Institute helps mission-driven organizations communicate effectively to build public will and support change. The Institute pioneered Strategic Frame Analysis that is grounded in theories and methods used across the social and cognitive sciences to measure how humans understand complex, abstract socio-political issues. The science of framing refers to the choices we make in what we say and how we say it with the intention of improving outcomes. In this workshop, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Dr. O’Neil will demonstrate these evidence-based techniques using rural health and healthy aging issues as our focus. When we change a story and how we tell it, we can help change the world!

  1. Framing matters, affect how people understand the message – learning goal
  2. Rural health is a health equity issue. How do we communicate those issues more effectively?
  3. Older people form a disproportionate population within rural areas. How might we reframe communications so that people are thinking about aging in a more collective way that we are all responsible for?
Healthy Embodied Agile Leadership (HEAL)

Tuesday Workshop (Full-time Students Only)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Adrienne Hampton, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 
Kristi Crymes, DO, Residency Faculty, Cox Family Medicine Residency
Bethany Howlett, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor, UW Health, University of WI-Madison Department of family medicine and community health

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has partnered with the Institute for Zen Leadership to offer HEAL - an immersive training experience combining leadership skills and Zen training techniques to prepare health professionals to face complex systems and challenges with agility, resilience, and wisdom.

HEAL is designed for healthcare professionals who want to move beyond fear or exhaustion, who want to live and lead with purpose, and who are willing to get out of their comfort zones to explore a greater experience of who they are.  We use the practice and principles of traditional Zen meditation to transform our leadership presence, to find choice and opportunity in even the gnarliest of challenges.

In pre/post assessments, HEAL program participants report improvement in four key skills: (1) transform challenges into opportunities, (2) lead with agility, (3) influence others to move with you, and (4) be resilient/connect to purpose. Outcomes also demonstrate improvement in the measures of exhaustion, cynicism, and professional efficacy on the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

The HEAL team has worked diligently to adapt the residential immersive HEAL program to an online format, as the conditions of the last fourteen months have made this Zen leadership training course more relevant than ever to healthcare professionals.  We are excited to propose the following two- hour online workshop to offer at the Minnesota Rural Health Virtual Conference.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn basic seated meditation practice.  
  2. Understand the relationship between the moment-to-moment state of the body and leadership presence.
  3. Apply the practice of transforming challenges into opportunities.
Moving Telehealth from “Rapid” Implementation to Optimization

Wednesday Workshop

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, Director, Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center and 
Mary DeVany, MS, Associate Director, 
Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center 

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a rapid shift towards broad telehealth use. Many providers found themselves implementing telehealth systems quickly, either accelerating a planned implementation or launching a platform they hadn’t previously intended on using. Now that so many providers have completed the implementation, organizations may find themselves considering ways to optimize telehealth use. The Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center (gpTRAC) is developing a multi-dimensional self-assessment tool intended to help organizations map their current state with regard to telehealth deployment; identify strengths, weaknesses, and preferred options; and prioritize goals based on these decisions. This workshop, sponsored by Medica, will introduce this tool and lead participants through its use.

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the shift in telehealth that has taken place since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Review the Multi-Dimensional Self-Assessment Framework
  • Complete a self-assessment of their program and discuss gaps, barriers, and solutions in small groups
Leading with Resilience

Wednesday Workshop

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Jo Anne Preston, MS, Workforce & Organizational Development Senior Manager, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Leadership matters, maybe now more than ever. Being a resilient leader doesn’t mean that your life must-or will-always go smoothly. But we do look to leaders for inspiration on what self-management and perseverance looks like. Resilience is something we can continually improve by nurturing new habits, sharpening our focus and a creating connections with others. This two-hour program will:

  1. Share research-based strategies for building resilience and how to easily incorporate them into your routines to help navigate daily challenges with more ease
  2. Offer powerful self-coaching questions and opportunities to practice using them to redirect your thinking and that of your team (about stress, drama, all-or-nothing thinking, perfectionism)
  3. Increase your self-awareness of your own unique gifts that shore you up when you are challenged
  4. Blend these strategies and coaching tips with your leadership purpose to increase your influence to support those you lead We will have group discussions, break-out groups to demonstrate practices, and share tips that you can use immediately to build your resilience and positively impact those you lead.
What You Need to Know as You Enter the Workforce

Wednesday Workshop (Full-time Students Only)

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Part 1: Funding your education: Government programs to assist you

Angela Lofgren, Loan Forgiveness Administrator, Minnesota Department of Health

A high-level overview of loan forgiveness programs available to Minnesota health professionals. We will cover programs offered by the National Health Service Corps as well as programs offered by MDH. We will discuss the different programs, basic eligibility, service obligation requirements, applications, and more. The objective of this workshop is to provide students a base understanding of different student loan forgiveness/repayment programs available to health care workers in Minnesota. Also to provide the resources necessary for students to find, and apply to these programs upon graduation.

Part 2: Rural health practitioners panel: What’s it like out there? 

Brenda Flattum, MPH, Primary Care Programs Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Panelists TBD

A panel of current and past participants of the Minnesota Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program will host a live Q&A.