Opinion: Funding Going PRO vital to auto industry present and future

February 24, 2020

Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Glenn Stevens

Ask anyone in business and they will tell you the same thing — our state needs workers with the skills to fill the thousands of job openings at companies of all sizes, in all industries. Bridging this talent gap is vital to Michigan’s economic future, given the projected workforce gap of more than 500,000 by 2026.

Ask any elected official and they will respond similarly, regardless of party. The question now is, how do we fill this need for the state’s signature automotive industry? The answer is by training potential employees with new technologies while advancing the skills required to fill open positions.

Start by continuing what works. The Going PRO in Michigan program is making strides to close the talent gap through training in classrooms and on the job, or via apprenticeship programs. Last year, funding through the program allowed 849 employers to train 5,909 new hires and 18,900 current employees. And 97 percent of the companies awarded had fewer than 500 employees and 70 percent had fewer than 100. We often read about the large companies that are vital to the automotive industry, but thousands of smaller firms make up the backbone of our economy.

While the Going PRO Talent Fund has helped further train thousands of workers so far, with each passing quarter, even more are losing out on the opportunity to adapt to industry advancements. And jobs that need to be filled are staying open while appropriations are being held up.

When you consider Going PRO’s success, number of applicants and return on investment, it clearly warrants a $50 million state appropriation to continue benefiting Michigan companies and workers. And with more than 1,200 applications for 2020 from employers, 43,000 workers stand to benefit from increased training and potential salary gains.

This is essential for where the automotive industry is headed. The “Detroit 3” continue to make major investments to protect Michigan’s automotive future. The FCA Mack Avenue Plant, General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck EV Plant and Ford Motor Co.’s commitment to the Michigan Central Station corridor are testaments to that. Suppliers are keeping pace as well. Paslin is expanding to support Rivian in a project expected to generate $45 million in private investment and create 200 new jobs. Going PRO supports these companies and their peers around our state.

Equally, we need Michigan to invest in the workforce to ensure thousands of employees have an opportunity to receive training to keep up with the changing industry landscape.
While the average hourly wage of a trainee is $16.95, the six-month post-training wage averages $26.60. This significant increase allows Michiganders to earn family-sustaining wages and employers to invest in their current workforce to meet talent demands.

State Sen. Ken Horn introduced a bill last month that would allocate $36.5 million to the Going PRO Talent Fund, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer added it back into her budget as a line item with $27.9 million in funding. There are options on the table, and we need our state policymakers to set aside partisan politics to fund the program and allow companies to get to work on retraining their workforce.

Economic growth is ultimately driven by a skilled, motivated and supported workforce. Let’s continue to invest in our people.

Glenn Stevens Jr. is the executive director of MICHauto and the vice president of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Early Bird Registration Now Open for Annual Michigan Health Information Techology Conference

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 28, 2020 – This year, Connecting Michigan for Health celebrates twelve years in gathering Michigan’s health information technology leaders to share and discuss emerging issues within the health information technology community in Michigan.

The 2020 Connecting Michigan for Health event series will kick off with a national InterOpathon on May 28 and May 29, 2020, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. On June 1, the Legal Summit returns to the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan followed by our flagship conference Connecting Michigan for Health, on June 2 and June 3.

Early bird registration is now open for individuals looking to secure the best rate for the event series at https://connectingmichigan.net/.

WHAT: InterOpathon
WHERE: MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, Michigan
WHEN: May 28 and May 29, 2020

The 2020 InterOpathon, “Interoperability: APIs & FHIR® Heat Up,” will be a hands-on, collaborative event that will focus on cross-accelerator implementation approaches to address the final rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to implement the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, that once final will define the interoperability standards required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

WHAT: Legal Summit
WHERE: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan
WHEN: June 1, 2020

The 2020 Legal Summit, “Interoperability Heats Up: Building Conversations Around Policy & Health IT,” will cover legal topics related to issues surrounding electronic health information exchange and is designed to facilitate in-depth conversations to strengthen our collective understanding of how various federal and state laws, policies, and regulations impact the electronic exchange of health information, particularly changes under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement and recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making.

WHAT: Connecting Michigan for Health
WHERE: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan
WHEN: June 2 and June 3, 2020

The 2020 Connecting Michigan for Health conference, “Ignite: Where the Vision Sparks,” will bring attendees together to focus on three major healthcare issues in Michigan – opioids, social determinants of health, and physical and behavioral health integration. During focus group sessions, attendees will be an integral part of the flow and dialogue for the conference by identifying problems, proposing solutions and collaborating among attending organizations to find commonalities that can be leveraged to address the conference focus areas.

We look forward to celebrating another year of Michigan health information technology stakeholders working together and igniting a collective vision in Michigan, and beyond!

Additional information on the Connecting Michigan for Health series of events is available at www.connectingmichigan.net.

For additional information on the conference, email at connectingmichigan@mihin.org.

About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN is a nonprofit, public-private collaboration that includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.

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HL7 Da Vinci Use Case Explored During Connectathon

LANSING, Mich., February 13, 2020 — As the healthcare industry continues to move towards true interoperability through completely connected systems, activities are underway to test use cases designed to advance value-based care among providers and payers through standards-based data exchange.

In January, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) supported a Connectathon to test a use case framework advanced by Health Level Seven® (HL7®). The Da Vinci Use Case Clinical Data Exchange (CDex) seeks to streamline the data flow from clinical settings to payers to facilitate quality measurement and care coordination.

The HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program, Da Vinci Project (Da Vinci), founded in 2018, was assembled to focus on collaboration between payers and providers that would accelerate information exchange through utilizing Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources (FHIR®) based data queries to bridge the gap in clinical, quality, cost, and care management outcomes.

As an Implementation Partner of Da Vinci, MiHIN is responsible for assisting in the pilot and deployment of Da Vinci Use Cases. The CDex Use Case focuses on the integration of clinical data generated by providers and funneled to payers to improve care coordination through streamlining information received from electronic medical records in a variety of formats including Consolidated-Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) C-CDA on FHIR, bundles, and discrete resources. Payers obtain clinical records for members to assist in executing care coordination decisions as well as to gather Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) related data for accurate quality measures. The HEDIS measure for Transitions of Care was introduced in 2018 to collect data on the care coordination given by the member’s primary care provider and includes notification of a patient discharge, patient discharge information, patient engagement after discharge and medication reconciliation after discharge.

During the Connectathon, initial testing of the CDex Improve Care Coordination Use Case was conducted within Interoperabilty Land™, a simulated healthcare ecosystem designed to power the future of interoperability through the integration, acceptance, and testing of technologies and open standards within a collaborative, digital platform, available through Amazon Marketplace. “As an implementation partner of DaVinci, MiHIN plans to use the Interoperability Land sandbox for Da Vinci Use Cases,” said Tim Pletcher, DHA, executive director, MiHIN. “Interoperability Land is a synthetic environment that enables where users can test and validate systems and SMART on FHIR applications – a solution to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposed Rule 9115-P to improve patient access to healthcare data while minimizing reporting burdens on healthcare providers or payers.”

During the event, attendees worked on developing solutions to improve care coordination, including accessing patient information from electronic medical records, accessing patient needs and goals, monitoring and follow up, knowledge sharing and responding to patient needs during follow up.

At the conclusion of the Connectathon, attendees presented the solutions developed which included: an A1C data exchange solution using Salesforce that enables patients to receive discounts on their health insurance by regularly checking their A1C level and working to keep it within the normal parameters; a mobile medication reconciliation tool for health insurance members to log in to confirm the medications they are taking following a hospital discharge; a web-based Transitions of Care dashboard that accesses a patients real time transitions of care information received from health data exchanges using a FHIR-enabled Application Programming Interface; an emergency department utilization tool that measures HEDIS and identifies potential unnecessary visits to the emergency department, and an application that focused on reducing the number of patient’s hospital admissions while improving quality measure scores by calculating risk measures and notating these in the electronic health record to be addressed a the patients next appointment with their physician.

For additional information on hosting a Connectathon to pilot CDex within Interoperability Land, send an email to contactus@interoperabilityinstitute.org.

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About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), part of The MiHIN Group, was founded in 2010 and serves as Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide and helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN, a non-profit, public-private collaboration, includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. The MiHIN Group also includes Velatura Public Benefit Corporation, the Interoperability Institute and Great Lakes Health Connect. Combined, the organizations offer a comprehensive interoperability strategy and a product and services portfolio that continues to transform healthcare and health information exchange in Michigan and across the nation. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.

Jerry Grady, Partner, UHY LLP To Speak at the annual Executive Forum North America

DETROIT, Mich. — UHY LLP is proud to announce that Jerry Grady, Partner, will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Executive Forum North America: Strategies for a New World, taking place this March.

Hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the annual Executive Forum conference is the premier annual staffing event, offering a powerful lineup of top executives, world-renowned keynote speakers, state of the art industry suppliers, hard-hitting insights backed by industry data and real-time analyses for leaders looking to accelerate their growth and stay competitive in the global talent marketplace.

Jerry will address Cash Management Strategies on March 11, 2020 at 11:45 am

Jerry Grady has acquired a wealth of knowledge throughout his nearly 35 years in public accounting. He is the leader of the National Staffing Practice and sits on the board of a number of regional staffing industry associations. Grady is a regular speaker and webinar host for many regional staffing organizations. He spoke on Mergers and Acquisitions for the Staffing Industry Analysts in 2016.

“I am looking forward to be a part of an impressive line up of speakers and sessions at Executive Forum. Speaking at the Forum allows UHY LLP to be able to share thoughts and insights to leaders from across the industry. It is an honor to speak at this event and be a thought leader for the industry” said Jerry Grady, national staffing practice leader, UHY LLP.

“With the best of the best from across the industry, and leaders from organizations of all sizes exchanging viewpoints and insights, we have an incredibly robust and diverse line up of speakers and sessions on the agenda for Executive Forum North America,” said Barry Asin, SIA President. “We are entering a new decade in which the status quo no longer applies, and there has never been a more urgent moment to reset strategic and tactical priorities. I am especially excited to welcome attendees to our flagship event and largest annual conference, and for the conversations as we re-envision a new world for a new decade.”

Executive Forum North America 2020: Strategies for a New World will be held March 9th-12th at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, FL.

​For more information and registration, visit http://www.siexecutiveforum.com|@ExecForum.va

UHY Advisors Names Michael Antovski as Chief Operating Officer

DETROIT, Mich., — UHY Advisors (“UHY”), one of the nation’s leading professional services firms has hired Michael Antovski as its Chief Operating Officer. Antovski will be responsible for the oversight of the firm’s national shared services including finance, information technology, marketing, corporate compliance and human resources. He will be active in all facets of the firm’s acquisition initiatives, and will be instrumental in executing the strategic vision of the Board of Directors.

Antovski comes to UHY with over twenty years working with professional services firms, including a Wall Street law firm, a multi-national accounting firm, and a number of middle-market focused law firms. Antovski has served as the lead tax partner on many mergers and acquisitions, and has led corporate restructuring initiatives. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, private equity firms and financial services organizations which has helped him develop practical operational experience.

“Michael’s depth of knowledge and hands on experience compliments our strong performance-oriented culture. He will fill a key role on our national leadership team as we witness an unprecedented amount of professional services firms desiring to merge up.” said Steve McCarty, CEO of UHY Advisors.

Antovski will reside in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A in Accounting, and a J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and earned his LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

2020 International Women’s Day Events to Take Place Across Metro Detroit

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated every year on March 8, honoring women’s achievements and supporting the movement for gender equality. Popular around the world, the day is now dedicated to recognizing women’s leadership at all levels and advancing gender equality as a civil rights and socioeconomic imperative.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Each for Equal,” inspired by the concept that creating a gender-equal world means collective change.

International Women’s Day also continues to advocate for gender equality in business, cultivating discussions on its importance in thriving economies and communities.

On March 6, the Chamber will host its second annual International Women’s Day Lunch at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, where a panel of executives will discuss how to engage in inclusive practices to foster diversity and equality. Register and learn more.

Here’s a lineup of other International Women’s Day events taking place around metro Detroit this March, where you can celebrate and join in on the conversations.

Networking Events:

International Women’s Day 2020 Happy Hour

Thursday, March 5
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Farbman Group
28400 Northwestern Service Drive, Fourth Floor
Southfield, MI

Detroit Girl Squad Presents Women Run Detroit 2020

Sunday, March 8
4-8 p.m.
Eastern Market
3434 Russell St., Ste. 501
Detroit, MI
Tickets: $75

Programming:

International Women’s Day Celebration

Saturday, March 7
6-9 p.m.
2 Gather More
3391 Cross Creek Pkwy.
Auburn Hills, MI
Tickets: $20

International Women’s Day Detroit Celebration featuring Paula Francis

Sunday, March 8
Noon
Italian American Banquet & Conference Center
39200 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI
RSVP by phone required: (248) 223-9883; Please register by February 21.

International Women’s Day Gala

Saturday, March 14
5-8 p.m.
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI
Tickets (free, but donations are encouraged)

Women’s Empowerment Breakfast with Florine Mark

Friday, March 13
8:30-10 a.m.
Penna’s
38400 Van Dyke Ave.
Sterling Heights, MI
Tickets: $30 until March 1; $40 after March 1

Leadership Detroit Alumni Discuss Industry Needs for Detroit’s Next Decade

Leadership Detroit alumni shared their views on timely topics impacting Detroit’s next decade at the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference.


Changing the Culture of Workforce Development: 

Building Detroit’s workforce is essential for retaining and attracting business. This panel looked at FCA US LLC, a company that sees the talent shortage as a barrier to growth with their latest investments in Detroit, as a case study to consider how to approach workforce development.


Taking A Personal Stake in the Future of Detroit’s Education

How can Detroit’s education system become the asset that strengthens the economy? Community leaders discussed their expectations and apprehensions for the future and solutions to better navigate school systems.


Leadership Lessons Collaborating for Progress

Bridging the gap between business and grassroots leaders helps practice corporate sensibility. This session considered how to strengthen leadership through collaboration.


Measuring Detroit’s Comeback: The Detroit Revitalization Index

This session discussed Detroit Future City’s 2019 Revitalization Index as a way to measure the perceived impact of investment and economic activity in Detroit.


Small Business Development: Reaching The Next Plateau

Having a robust culture of small businesses will be a key factor of neighborhood growth in the next decade. This panel discussed the policy, financing, and talent needed to grow local business.


Corporate Support for a Reliable Regional Transit System

Businesses have the potential to have a large impact on improving regional transit. Regional leaders discussed how to support a connected system, the ROI of incentivizing public transit, and collaboration.

Flashpoint 2/16/20: Sandy Baruah On Rethinking the electoral college

February 16, 2020

Click on Detroit  | Local 4 | WDIV

Flashpoint

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO, Sandy Baruah made an appearance on Local 4 News’s round-table discussion, Flashpoint, for a lively discussion on the electoral college.

Editorial page editor of The Detroit News, Nolan Finley; Stephen Henderson, host of WDET’s show Detroit Today; Vince Keenan, special projects manager for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods; Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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OCC Appoints Dan Jenuwine Vice Chancellor for Advancement

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – January 11, 2020 — Oakland Community College has promoted Daniel Jenuwine to Vice Chancellor for Advancement. In his newly expanded role, Jenuwine will be responsible for philanthropy, alumni affairs, corporate and foundation relations, and community and government relations.

Jenuwine most recently held dual roles as executive director of the OCC Foundation and interim vice chancellor for marketing and communications. He will continue in his marketing and communications role until OCC names his replacement.

“Thanks to Dan’s expertise, the Foundation achieved three consecutive record years in fundraising, and his leadership helped the College pass its millage renewal last November with a resounding 72 percent approval,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “Dan has a special talent for relationship building. OCC and our students will benefit from his expanded role in nurturing our connections to the communities we serve.”

Jenuwine joined OCC in January 2017 as executive director of the OCC Foundation, working with the Foundation staff and volunteer Board of Directors to advance OCC’s mission through philanthropy. He has led OCC’s award-winning marketing and communications team since May 2019, when he was named to his interim post.

“Our community partners are generous to the College in many ways,” said Jenuwine. “I look forward to working more comprehensively with them to empower our students to succeed and advance our community.”

Prior to joining OCC, Jenuwine spent ten years as a consultant with Richner + Richner, a nationally recognized fundraising consulting firm based in Ann Arbor. He also held leadership positions with the Michigan Colleges Alliance, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University.

Jenuwine is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, International Association of Business Communicators and National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University, graduating summa cum laude, and Master of Science degree in Finance at Walsh College, where he distinguished himself with honors for academic excellence. He and his family live in Troy, Mich.

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About the OCC Foundation
The Oakland Community College Foundation started in 1979 to raise private donations, increase opportunities for students, and enhance the quality of education through gifts that support students with scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. The OCC Foundation is governed by a board of directions made up of community leaders.

About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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Rehmann Named a 2019 Best and Brightest Company to Work For

TROY, Mich., February 11, 2020 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, has been named a 2019 Best and Brightest Company to Work for in the nation by The National Association for Business Resources, which released its rankings this week. The recognition marks the second consecutive year Rehmann has won the award.

The winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm that reviews a number of key measures relative to other nationally ranked winners, including human resource best practices in benefits and compensation, enrichment and engagement, employee development, recruitment, recognition, retention, and work-life balance.

“Our associates are at the heart of the work we do. At Rehmann, we are committed to prioritizing not only a top not client experience, but a best in class environment for our team as well.” Said, Katie Strehler, chief human resources officer at Rehmann. “We fuel our associates’ passion for what they do by providing opportunities for professional growth and development and creating a healthy work life balance.”

The 2019 Best and Brightest program honored 540 national winning organizations from across the country out more than 5,000 nominations. Part of the nomination process includes identifying best practices in human resources for companies to benchmark to ensure they continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“With the war on talent hitting the doorsteps of the Best and Brightest, this achievement means even more than it did a year ago. As we continue to raise the bar, these companies rise to the challenge through cultural innovation, maximizing their workforce potential,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

Rehmann has nearly 900 associates across locations in Michigan, Ohio and Florida.
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About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego and San Francisco. Nominations are now being accepted for all programs. Visit www.thebestandbrightest.com to nominate your organization.