Communicators: It’s Time to Shift Into Planning Mode for 2024
By Alan Shoebridge, Associate VP of National Communication, Providence
Community Engagement: The Power of Fostering Wellness through Local Events
Ever wondered how healthcare communicators are revitalizing trust and forging connections post-pandemic? Dive into the realm of community events and explore how Community Health Centers play a pivotal role in promoting wellness and holistic well-being.
Office Work in 2023: Are Communicators Ever Going Back for Good?
By Alan Shoebridge, Associate VP of National Communication, Providence Health & Services
The Ongoing Debate on Remote vs. In-Office
The pandemic has ignited a debate among communicators about the effectiveness of remote work versus being in the office. Pre-pandemic, office work was standard, but since 2020, remote and hybrid models have gained traction. While some companies mandate a return to the office, others embrace flexibility.
The clash between employees and managers arises from differing values, with employees valuing flexibility and managers prioritizing in-person collaboration. Striking a balance remains a challenge, but understanding and compromise are key to a successful future work environment.
Applying an Equity Lens in Communications
By Kennedy Soileau, Chief Communications Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority
Unleashing Equity: Revolutionizing Organizational Structures for Inclusion
Organizations are embracing a transformative perspective: the equity lens. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) leads the way, mandating employees to apply this lens to their work.
With the Health Equity Lens Toolkit, HCA empowers staff to consider the impact on marginalized groups. Applying the equity lens to their Plain Language policy, HCA made strategic changes, reinforcing their commitment to equity. These adjustments have a profound impact and inspire organizations to embrace inclusivity. Together, we can shape a more just future.
The Value of DEIB in the World of Perioperative Services
By Carisa Brewster, Staff Writer and Media Relations, Whitman Partners
Whitman Partners, the talent agency for Directors of Surgical Services, conducted a report on “Diversity Hiring in Healthcare,” which provides data to support DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) initiatives in perioperative services. The report surveyed 100 healthcare professionals across the United States involved in recruiting, hiring, and training individuals in perioperative positions.
Leadership commitment was deemed the most crucial factor for creating a diverse and inclusive organization, according to 71% of respondents. Attracting, retaining, and mentoring staff were identified as leading solutions for increasing the recruitment and retention of BIPOC candidates. Having a diverse workforce positively impacts BIPOC healthcare professionals, staff retention, culture, profit margins, and quality of patient care.
On the importance of having staff who can translate to communicate healthcare information to patients, Kendall Carter, MBA, BSN, RN, said: “Patients want to be respected and valued, and part of that comes from respecting the parts of their culture that we may not normally experience.”
Strategic Thinking in a Tactical Environment-How to Live the Comms Dream when Faced with the Comms Reality
By Kennedy Soileau, Chief Communications Officer at Washington State Health Care Authority
We often find ourselves working at a pace that requires us to be both tactical and strategic. It can be challenging to balance these two aspects of our work, but there are strategies to stay focused on the big picture while still delivering on the day-to-day needs of the organization. Here are some tips for strategic thinking in a tactical environment. Read ‘Strategic Thinking in a Tactical Environment’ here.
Looking Ahead: What We Know – and Don’t Know – About 2023
By Alan Shoebridge, Assoc. Vice President for National Communication at Providence & HCNW At-Large Director
For the last three years, almost every article looking ahead to the new year offered some type of prediction that healthcare would return to what it looked like prior to the pandemic. Nobody is saying that about 2023. Disruption on many levels is here to stay.
What does that mean for the new year? It’s likely that healthcare communicators will again be dealing with periods of opportunity and chaos. Just like the last three years, we will be tasked with helping organizations move through that uncertainty toward the future. Read on about what we know – and don’t know – about 2023 and what communicators can do to be successful.
Insights into Crisis Communications Post-pandemic
August 12, 2022
By Kelly Bantle, Principal at Allegiant Strategies NW and HCNW President
Thrust into an unprecedented pandemic of global scale in our modern time, crisis became a day-in and day-out reality dragging on for years. Within healthcare, the impacts are near countless and immensely profound, affecting operations, staffing, and service delivery, coupled with the health and wellbeing of our patients and communities. The far-reaching disruption and impacts of the pandemic did, however, illuminate many new mindsets and better practices, including around crisis communications. [Read more]
Internal Communications Through A Pandemic: Advancing New Pathways for Greater Engagement and Purpose
June 3, 2022
By Kelsey Huwaldt, Assoc. Dir. of Internal Communications at OHSU & 2022 HCNW At-Large Director
We have all heard: communications should start with your employees. They are your brand ambassadors, your champions, your frontlines. We all believed it and wanted to build strategy that way. But, in 2020, it became more true than ever before.
The guidance and regulations around COVID were changing daily, if not more, as we learned more about this virus. The public looked to health care employees through these frantic moments, and getting employees information, and quickly, became more important than ever. [Read more]