America’s Essential Hospitals has interest groups on a variety of topics important to essential hospitals. Any employee of a member hospital is free to join these groups for regular calls, webinars, and in-person meetings at events such as VITAL.
Climate Resilience and Mitigation Interest Group
The Climate Resilience and Mitigation Interest Group (CRMIG) will give members the opportunity to share priorities, concerns, and experiences with establishing and improving climate resilience and mitigation efforts within their hospitals and health systems.
With the support of The Kresge Foundation, the Institute published reports in 2019 and 2022 reflecting on essential hospitals’ climate resilience and mitigation efforts. The CRMIG will use member feedback provided in these reports to inform its discussions by prioritizing key focus areas raised in both reports, including:
- Educating leadership.
- Goal setting.
- Demonstrating return on investment.
- Broadcasting successful outcomes to peers.
- Promoting coalitions and partnerships with local private and public organizations to unify and expand efforts.
The CRMIG will meet virtually on a quarterly basis starting in late March 2023. The group will cover a variety of sustainability topics with an overall goal of raising awareness, connecting, and empowering essential hospitals to mitigate climate change and build resiliency with an eye toward improving racial and economic equity.
340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Interest Group is a platform for essential hospital leaders to learn and share knowledge about the 340 Drug Pricing Program.
This is accomplished through the following:
- Function as a forum for sharing knowledge about the program, including policy changes, program administration and general advocacy positioning
- Build capacity and leadership across essential hospitals in an effort to better understand and strengthen the program
- Serve as sounding board 340B-realted advocacy and policy development
The Interest Group meets every other month on Tuesday from 2-3 pm ET to discuss issues regarding the 340B Program. The interest group calls are most useful for government relations, pharmacy and finance professionals at essential hospitals.
Combating Structural Racism
The Combating Structural Racism Interest Group consists of more than 100 members with different areas of professional expertise ranging from diversity, equity, and inclusion to government relations to quality improvement. Together, the group examines organizational practices, internal policies, clinical processes, and norms to better understand how structural racism affects their work and to make changes that promote antiracist healthcare transformation. The monthly meetings are a safe space for members to learn from their peers and share honestly about barriers and facilitators to their work.
America’s Essential Hospitals hosts bi-weekly Government Relations conference calls for essential hospital leaders to stay abreast of the latest news from Washington, D.C. Participants can join their fellow colleagues for an interactive dialogue on the most important and pressing health care issues facing safety net hospitals and health systems. All calls take place at 2:00 pm ET