Safety Initiatives

Hospitals are at the center of efforts to build strong, healthy and resilient communities. To support these activities, MHA provides resources to assist hospitals through community health needs assessments, emergency preparedness, patient and worker safety, and community and population health activities. In 2016, MHA launched the S.A.F.E.R Initiative designed to provide hospitals a one-stop shop for tools and best practices in these efforts. The initiative offers guidance and resources under five pillars for hospitals, providers and community partners to foster collaboration and develop safer care environments and resilient communities. Our regulatory, quality improvement, legal and emergency preparedness staff are coordinating to find, build and deliver information to support hospitals’ efforts on and off campus.


Trajectories_Workplace ViolenceStrategies to Reduce Workplace Violence to Achieve the Quadruple Aim

While progress has been made in mitigation, incidents of workplace violence remain prevalent in Missouri hospitals and clinics. The 2019 MHA Preparedness and Safety Assessment found that 48 percent of hospitals report workplace violence or violent intruders as one of their top three internal risks. The assessment further validates that hospitals are investing in necessary mitigation strategies.

Despite ongoing efforts to mitigate violence against health care workers, work continues to fully achieve safe care environments. Read the September 2019 issue of Trajectories for a closer look at the progress in Missouri, as well as strategies for prevention and mitigation.

Trajectories - March 2018Broadening the Culture of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence

The March 2018 issue of Trajectories focuses on promoting a culture of safety within hospitals while addressing workplace violence. Nationally, hospitals and health care providers are four times more likely to be victims of violence in the workplace compared to all other industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Missouri, hospitals are experiencing record high accounts of violence against their workforce. Aggressive behavior, verbal threats and physical assaults have become commonplace, which has led to an increase in violence within hospitals, often directed at caregivers. Once perceived as exempt from such behavior, the environment in hospitals has changed as a result of several contributing factors. Two Missouri organizations highlight their efforts in addressing workplace and community-based violence.