Week in Review: A handy guide to inclusive communication; patients get holiday treats in Trauma Burn Center – and more!

January 13, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Improvement was the theme in Headlines this week.

For instance, there was a new guide released to help you improve your communication around weight and body perceptions. Community groups also shared how they improved the holiday season for current and former patients of the Trauma Burn Center; a pathology administrative manager explained how an innovative course helped her improve her department’s workflows; and data analysts competed in a friendly competition to improve the patient experience at Mott.   

In case you missed anything, here’s the Week in Review:

Using inclusive language: A handy guide to discussing weight and body perceptions

With so many new year’s resolutions focusing on exercise and diets, it is only fitting that this month’s inclusive communication series tackles issues around weight and body perceptions. Check out this five-minute guide that provides tips and resources to help you create a more caring and equitable culture at Michigan Medicine.  

Creating special moments for patients during the holidays

A teddy bear drive, a toy drive and a charity golf outing … these are just three of the ways various community organizations stepped up in recent months to help the Trauma Burn Center better serve patients and families. Take a look at each of the initiatives, and how they brightened the holiday season for so many, by clicking here.

Problem-solving in pathology produces results for patients and employees

The Quality Department offers an innovative 10-hour class entitled “Practicing Healthcare Improvement.” The goal is to help colleagues diagnose a problem in their area and work to solve it. That’s exactly what Emily Schwedler, an administrative manager in pathology, did for her team. Learn how she was given the tools needed to implement new practices that are enhancing care at Michigan Medicine.

Data analysts test their mettle in competition to benefit Mott Patient Technology

This past December, a Michigan Medicine community of practice for data analysts held a contest to help Mott’s Patient Technology Department improve its therapeutic gaming and digital technology initiative. For instance, one team studied the data around video games, while another focused on Lego-related games and kits. Click through to see how their findings will benefit patients, families and staff members.

U-M Health to roll out new mobile mammography unit in coming weeks

Soon, there will be an exciting addition to U-M Health’s ambulatory care services, focused on increasing access to cancer care and screening closer to home, and improving Michigan Medicine’s community presence to reduce health inequities. Starting in February at the Ypsilanti Health Center, the organization will be offering on-site mammography screening services through a new mobile mammography unit. Learn more about the unit and why it’s so important on the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast.

You can find the show via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below!