COVID-19 FREE Community Testing

Testing remains a very important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is now offering two options for FREE COVID-19 testing.

First, there are in-person testing events hosted around the state. Individuals are not required to pre-register or have an appointment, simply show up to one of the events below to receive the test. A government issued ID is not a requirement for this testing, but having one available onsite speeds up the registration process. Additional testing sites (with regular or one-time opportunities) may be added as indicators suggest the need for additional testing. The following events listed below are scheduled as of today. The latest information can always be found at

Second, Missouri residents may order a free test to be mailed to their Missouri address. These are PCR kits that are designed for self-collection with a return FedEx shipping container. Once received back by the laboratory, the result is returned to the person tested (via email provided) within 48 hours. More information about the at home self-collection kits and a link to order are also found at


Conversations with Carmen

August 20, 2021: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Guest: LaVrene Norton, Action Pact Founder & Executive Leader and Megan Hannan, Action Pact Consultant; with Host Carmen Bowman

Need help getting everyone out of the doldrums of COVID? Let free the spirit of joy and love – work together to bring back the simple pleasures of home. Create team on the fly. Let music and laughter rock the halls. Wave!

Think Neighborhood. Have a block party.

We begin again with a short presentation on the Artifacts of Culture Change as they can offer us a measurable road map. We will then head down the path to Neighborhood where culture change begins. Where good neighbors work together to enjoy and share the simple pleasures of daily life.


Caring for the Older Adult Across the Continuum Conference

August 20-21, 2021: CARING for the OLDER ADULT Across the Continuum (Caring for the Frail Elderly) & 17th Annual Health Ethics Conference
Location: Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO – (This is a Hybrid event, attend in-person or virtual)

The conference will provide a forum for updating interdisciplinary health professionals caring for older adults in the community, regardless of living situation, in the ethical care and treatment of older adults including, medical management, interdisciplinary care, research, and system change.


MHCA’s Annual Convention

August 22-25, 2021: MHCA 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show
Location: Branson Convention Center, Branson

The long-term care industry faced enormous challenges in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to your hard work and perseverance, along with widespread access to vaccines, we feel comfortable about gathering in person in Branson.


Click HERE to view a message from MHCA Executive Director, Nikki Strong, regarding an update to safety protocols and masking requirements for the MHCA 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show.


VOYCE Upcoming Professional Education

Professional Education Series 2021

August 24, 2021: Working with Challenging Residents
Speaker: Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, Program Director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Long-term care professionals will encounter individuals with a wide assortment of cultural beliefs and perceptions. Too many times, this creates situations that are deeply offensive to the caregiver. In a work setting, how can LTC professionals navigate “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.) directed at them by residents? How can you mitigate workplace toxicity and protect yourself against residents with this mindset?


Empowering Elder Well-Being with Supportive Technology

August 26, 2021: Empowering Elder Well-Being with Supportive Technology

Today’s elders have more ways than ever to stay connected with their loved ones, but tech support at Life Plan Communities and other senior living campuses isn’t always geared toward them – and common resources online may not include solutions unique to their needs.

Even though the strict lockdowns at nursing homes and other communal settings have eased considerably, the pandemic revealed the very real need for elders to master technology in order to combat loneliness, provide entertainment, and even stay on top of their health through apps and wearables.

On August 26 at 3 p.m. ET, Join GroovyTek, The Green House Project, and the Pioneer Network for a can’t-miss discussion on empowering elders with technology.

Using the International Council on Active Aging’s Seven Dimensions of Wellness as a guide, we’ll:

  • Explore the current state of older adults’ relationship with technology,
  • Discuss strategies to overcome barriers to adopting common tech tools,
  • Discover how tech can promote elders’ independence, wellbeing, and health,
  • Hear directly from an elder about her personal experience with tech,
  • And much more.


MALA Train the Trainer

September 8, 2021: 2021 Train the Trainer
November 3, 2021: 2021 Train the Trainer

Participants must receive approval in order to attend this workshop. Those wishing to attend must submit the application and necessary paperwork to MALA at least five days prior to the workshop date.

Upon MALA’s review of your application, you will receive an approval/confirmation or denial letter via email.


CNA Update Training – Staffing Series 2: Take off on the Journey to Improve Staffing

September 14, 2021: Staffing
Location: Ameristar Hotel, St. Charles

September 15, 2021: Staffing
Location: Oasis Hotel, Springfield

September 28, 2021: Staffing
Location: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Independence

September 29, 2021: Staffing
Location: Comfort Inn, Macon

CNA Training Update in Missouri

We have been waiting a long time and finally we see the results coming at us from our efforts to update and improve the training of Missouri CNA’s. The process has changed significantly effective August 31, 2021 “technically”. Administrators, DON’s, RN Instructors, HR Staff and CNA Training Organizations will want to understand how these changes affect them and their programs. The CNA Registry process for verification of employment in the last 24 months has also changed and will be handled through a third party site. You should already be registered as an employer and your CNA’s in the new system. This session will review all the new regulations, the new forms and the new testing/registry process through TMU Headmaster.

Staffing Series 2: Take off on the Journey to Improved Staffing

In Series 1, we explored Staffing Turnover and Retention and formulated a Roadmap to take us on a journey to improve staffing, increasing stability and quality of care, life and service for our residents. In this series we will take off on the journey and concentrate on the areas that Series 1 attendants identified as needing the most work; Recruitment and On-Boarding/Training. We will rethink where we are spending recruiting dollars, share ideas for improving landing quality applications and then build on reducing turnover and improving retention with improved and best practice ideas for Staff on-boarding/Orientation and training. Administrators and HR Staff will benefit from this interactive session. If you missed the first session, you can view it on-line on SDS Training site through MANHA.


Pioneer Network’s Virtual Symposium

September 22, 2021: Envisioning the Future: Finding Meaning & Purpose

Pioneer Network is proud to present the third in its series of four Symposia for 2021, each based on the theme, Envisioning the Future. In this symposium, the focus is on Finding Meaning & Purpose. Speakers include residents and innovators in the field who will draw on their experiences, including the collective experiences encountered as we all lived through the pandemic. They will explore how to find meaning and purpose for those who live and work in senior living communities as well as how we can move forward in a way that assures that isolation becomes a thing of the past, acknowledging that wherever we may reside, life is lived best in community.


MC5 – Special Virtual Meeting

September 22, 2021: Finding and Keeping Great Co-Workers
Presenter: Clint Maun, CSP

Healthcare Providers have taken the needed action to fight a global pandemic and have established the required systems to contain and prevent the spread of the Corona Virus. The never-before-seen challenges we have experienced in 2020 has made it more vital than effort to have superior staff in all roles in 2021. We know healthcare professionals and staff can work together to achieve amazing success at workforce stabilization which will also benefit our customers. Join Clint Maun for an overview of proven teaming strategies during this time of opportunity, including processes to build workforce resilience and reduce burnout.

Join us for this important Virtual meeting.


Trauma-Informed Care: Nursing Home Responsibilities & Plan of Action

October 5, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
Location: Oasis Hotel, Springfield

October 6, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
Location: Comfort Inn, Macon

October 7, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
Location: Ameristar Hotel, St. Charles

October 12, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
Location: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Independence

Sponsored by Missouri Health Care Association & Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators

We will review the regulatory requirements, available resources and necessary policy and procedure changes to keep your facility on the right side of Trauma Informed Care Compliance


MALA Fall Conference

October 10-12, 2021: MALA 2021 Fall Conference
Location: Margaritaville Hotel and Resort, Osage Beach

The tentative conference agenda is now available and includes several speakers and presentations over a three-day period. The option to attend all or just one day is included on the registration form.

Please see the conference link for further details.