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


VOYCE Community Education Series

May 10, 2022: 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Presenter: Dr. Ann Steffens, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri

By 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million. As the size of the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will grow. Knowing how to identify the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s can make a great difference in terms of providing appropriate care and support for someone with Alzheimer’s.

June 14, 2022: Paraquad – Making Independence Accessible
Presenter: Kimberley Lackey

Kimberley Lackey, Senior Director of Programs will join us to discuss the history of Paraquad and to share information on the services and support offered by Paraquad for residents throughout St. Louis. Paraquad champions equity and independence for people with disabilities through services, partnerships, education, and advocacy. Paraquad envisions an integrated society free of barriers and discrimination where disability is viewed as a natural part of human diversity.


MHCA Developing New Leaders in Your Facility-The Skills That Make All the Difference

May 17-June 1, 2022: Developing New Leaders in Your Facility

Ensuring that potential or new supervisors have the skills to lead is vital to the achievement of your clinical, financial, regulatory, and resident experience goals. Far too often staff are promoted simply because they were exceptional in their current roles. A great nurse, cook, or admission coordinator may not yet be ready to be a great unit manager, food service or marketing director. This webinar series will help your people make that leap – and familiarize you with the strategies you need to help them succeed!


MHCA LTC Administrator Training

May 25, 2022: Long-Term Care Administrator 101

If you are like most administrators, your endless daily to-do’s get longer and longer. This course is a new administrator’s one-stop-shop! It is also a great review for an experienced administrator. This course will review operational and administrative topics such as requirements of participation (ROPs), the survey process, CASPER reports (including how to access them), Five-Star Quality Rating System (all three domains!), Care Compare, QAPI and SO MUCH MORE! You will also be guided through all the resources available at your fingertips. Join us for this full day of education that will promote your administrator knowledge to the next level. This workshop is being offered both in-seat and virtually.


Conversations with Carmen

May 27, 2022: Proactive Practice: Meaningful Engagement by All
June 17, 2022: Lots More Proactive Practices to Reduce Falls
July 15, 2022: Proactive Practices: Honoring Sleep/Natural Awakening & Open Dining
August 19, 2022: Proactive Practice: Identifying Highest Practicable Level of Well-being – as Required by CMS Regulations
September 16, 2022: Proactive Practice: Enhancing Well-being – Now Part of CMS Requirements
October 21, 2022: Proactive Practice: Using the Environment to Our Advantage to Prevent Falls
November 18, 2022: Individualizing Care Plans to Include Proactive Practices to Prevent Falls

Join Action Pact each month for content taught by Carmen Bowman and then a conversation with Gloria Blackmon. Gloria has held every nursing position there is including director of nursing in the household model. With Action Pact, she teaches the nurse leader intensives and coaches nursing teams in new household communities. Additionally, Gloria has 20 years experience in risk management including medical legal consultant. See details of the full series at


MANHA’s 2022 Annual Convention

June 5-8, 2022: Mandatory PPE – People Pride Endurance
Location: Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark

Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators is pleased to invite you to attend our 2022 Annual Convention. This conference is a focus on the Administrators and staff after an unprecedented 2 years. The goal of this conference is to provide meaningful, forward thinking, and real-time education to pave the path forward while acknowledging the past and working through hard topics, together.


VOYCE 2022 Long-Term Care Conference

June 15, 2022: Care – Who We Are. What We Do. Where We Go From Here.
Location: Maryland Heights Community Center, St. Louis

The program will explore and highlight insights and learned experiences from internationally renowned geriatricians, educators, and leaders in the long-term care community. Join us as we reflect on the journey we have made together as a community and gain inspiration for the steps that we are yet to take.

Other presentation topics include residents’ rights, addressing loneliness and isolation for long-term care residents, and the interplay between ageism as a social determinant of health and end-of-life care.


MHCA’s Federal Review Course for NHA’s

June 27-28, 2022: Federal Review Course for Nursing Home Administrators Examinees

The purpose of the Review Course is to help attendees prepare for the nursing home administrators federal licensure exam. Theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of long-term care administration are discussed. The instructor will review sample test questions from the study workbook, which is provided free to all attendees. Study tips will be suggested throughout the workshop, therefore, it is recommended that attendees allow sufficient time to study on their own after attending the review course and before sitting for the exam. Review course materials have been revised and updated to reflect the structure of the current examination. This workshop is being offered both in-seat and virtually.


MALA’s 2022 Train the Trainer

July 6, 2022: Train the Trainer
September 7, 2022: Train the Trainer
November 2, 2022: Train the Trainer

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


MALA’s ALF Assessment Training

July 18-20, 2022: 2022 ALF Assessment Training

As required by 198.005 RSMo and 19 CSR 30-86.047, residents of Assisted Living Facilities are required to undergo a community based assessment performed by an appropriately trained and qualified individual. This individual must complete a DHSS approved 24-hour training program prior to performing resident assessments. The MALA ALF Assessment Training satisfies this regulatory requirement.


Pioneer Network ‘s Annual Conference – Registration Now Open

July 27-30, 2022: Pioneering a New Culture of Aging: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colorado

Pioneer Network’s goal is to bring together individuals from across the United States and other countries who care deeply about changing the culture of aging and to make this event meaningful to people who support culture change in all settings within the elder care continuum.