Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Now that the field has been dealing with the COVID-19 public health emergency for well over a year, it’s time to take a fresh look at the lessons that have been learned along the way. The challenges presented by COVID-19 are by no means over as members contend with variants and vaccine hesitancy. Still, there are learnings that can inform and improve how members continue to cope with this ongoing public health crisis.

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The Living Learning Network’s new book, The Pandemic: A Time of Challenges and Champions, captures the defining moments of the COVID-19 health care crisis and preserves the legacy of the health care field’s heroic response.


View these discussions featuring health care leaders sharing the ways that the lessons from COVID-19 are shaping their care practices as they move forward.

Pandemic Leadership: A Discussion with the AHA Board

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In this broad-ranging discussion, former AHA Board Chairs Melinda Estes and M.D., Brian Gragnolati and current Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D. talk about how their organizations have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lessons they’ll be applying to leadership moving forward.

Beyond the Pandemic: Mitigating Supply Chain Risk and Disruption

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Hear from Richard Bagley, Sr. Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Penn State Health, and Michael Schiller, Sr. Director, Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management as they discuss the lessons learned during the supply chain crisis that impacted operations at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Health Care Transformation – A Path to Recovery for Rural Hospitals

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Erika Sundrud, Vice President of Care Transformation at QHR Health, describes the importance of reducing variation to support care transformation, and the five “must-haves” rural hospitals must implement to successfully restart operations in a post-COVID environment.

Inoculating Rural America: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us

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AHA SVP and COO Michelle Hood moderates a panel of rural hospital leaders discussing vaccine distribution, administration and outcomes in rural America.

Leadership Rounds with Robert Trestman, M.D.: Talking Mental Health and Well-being

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AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., discusses the importance of mental health and well-being with Robert Trestment, MD, chair for psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA. Their conversation covers the impact of COVID-19 on health care professionals, patients and families and the strategies that can provide support and relief.

Leadership Rounds with Mike Slubowski: Talking Public Health and the COVID-19 Response

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AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., talks with Mike Slubowski, president and CEO of Trinity Health, about how Trinity became the de facto public health system in its communities during the COVID-19 crisis — vaccinating people, sharing information, responding to social needs — and the challenges and opportunities to improve public health and public health coordination.

A Playbook for Succeeding in the Post-COVID World

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Nathan Kaufman, Managing Director of Kaufman Strategic Advisors, LLC, provides commentary on the significant pressure placed on health systems due to COVID and discusses the need invest in the development of new innovative competencies that represent more than the latest passing fad.

Resources for Nurse and Clinician Leaders

Leadership Beyond the Pandemic: Educational Resources.

Well-being Playbook 2.0: A COVID-19 Resource for Hospital and Health System Leaders.

Case Studies

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Henry Ford Health Overcomes Challenges to Vaccinate Staff and Communities

Learn how Henry Ford Health overcame challenges to vaccinate staff and communities As of October 2021, 99% of Henry Ford’s staff were fully vaccinated.

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Collaboration and Flexibility Are Cornerstones of LifePoint Health’s Vaccination Efforts

LifePoint Health’s collaborative, grassroots approach fueled a successful vaccination effort across 29 states, targeting its nonurban, growing communities and small towns. Learn more.