Health Education Unit Updates

The DHSS Health Education Unit is conducting Weekly Instructor Info Webinars/Q&A Meet-Ups. These sessions will be held same day and time each week – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

March 21, 2023: Instructor Info Meet Up Meeting
March 21, 2023: Instructor Info Meet Up Meeting

Please see the CNA Registry webpage for past meetings and more information.

If you have questions, please call our office at 573-526-5686.


Medicare from Start to Finish

March 22, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
July 12, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
September 13, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
November 8, 2023: Live Virtual Workshop

This workshop will review the SNF QRP reports from CASPER that provides information about the Medicare Part A stays in your SNF. It will also explore factors impacting SNF PPS assessment schedule, PDPM basics, and consolidating billing that can impact the financial facet of the facility. It also explains Medicare eligibility, coverage, and skilling criteria. The completion of the MDS is becoming more difficult and confusing, this workshop will help clear up the confusion surrounding this process. This workshop is geared towards those individuals working in long‐term care who have a leadership role such as ADM, DON, ADON, or MDS Coordinator.


DMH Free Webinar – Tools for Everyone

March 23, 2023: 9:30 Registration
Presenter: Kathleen Deppeler, Director of Positive Supports

Tools of Choice is an evidence-based program focused on the implementation of universal positive practices. This two-hour introductory training is open to community members, parents, and professionals. It covers key concepts of the Tools of Choice curriculum, including:

  • What is Behavior?
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • How to Increase Desirable Behavior

Join the Positive Support Consultants in learning strategies to make positive change by implementing universal positive practices.


VOYCE’s Upcoming Education Events

March 23, 2023: After Long-Term Care
Location: YMCA at 1900 Urban Drive, Brentwood, MO

March 28, 2023: Understanding Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Location: St. Louis County Library Florissant Valley Branch

April 11, 2023: Paying for Long-Term Care
Location: St. Louis County Library Grant’s View Branch

April 25, 2023: Paying for Long-Term Care
Location: St. Louis County Library Lewis and Clark Branch

June 15, 2023: Residents First Long-Term Care Conference
Location: St. Louis University’s Margaret McCormick Doisy LRC


Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council Training

March 27-28, 2023: Columbia, 9:00 – 5:00 Registration Link
March 28, 2023: 1:00 – 5:00 Registration Link
March 29-30, 2023: St. Louis, 9:00 – 5:00 Registration Link
March 30, 2023: 1:00 – 5:00 Registration Link

Niagara University Disability Awareness Training has received funding from the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council to provide education for anyone involved in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery as it relates to individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs.

This program identifies the responsibilities of both emergency management personnel and disability advocates during an emergency. It also introduces the four modules necessary for proper response that include Disability Awareness Training, the Americans with Disabilities Act specific to Emergency management, emergency plan content, and Inclusive Planning and Active Participation.


The Green House Project Events

March 29, 2023: Transform the Culture of Care

The alliance between The Green House Project and Pioneer Network brings together two leading drivers of cultural transformation in long-term care.

For organizations that don’t have the ability to build new or substantially renovate an existing building, we have an entire suite of solutions that bring the best of empowered, elder-directed care to even the most institutional settings.


LeadingAge Webinar Series – Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role Part 2

March 29, 2023: Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Part 2
March 30, 2023: Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Part 2

LeadingAge Missouri in coordination with LeadingAge Iowa is pleased to announce a virtual series that will take place in three segments over the first half of 2023 that will aid in developing the Director of Nursing (DON) role in nursing homes. Elements of this series will focus on budgeting and quality assurance; survey processes and regulations; and human resources, customer service, and leadership.

Each segment of this series is designed to provide in-depth information and discussion on each topic without taking the series in a sequential order or taking all 3 sections of the series. By making each of the 3 segments standalone, you can better address succession planning by having individuals attend as their nurse leadership skills are identified. An additional section in this series will be added to the events calendar in June.


Resident to Staff Aggression: Prevention & Response Training

March 30-July 20, 2023: Resident to Staff Aggression: Prevention & Response Training (Webinar)
April 20, 2023: Resident to Staff Aggression: Prevention & Response Training (In Person)

Resident to staff aggression occurs, but it shouldn’t be thought of as just part of a caregivers’ job. Tools for prevention and response to resident aggression are critical for promoting worker safety and satisfaction as well as the resident experience. This interactive, application-based training will explore some of the reasons for resident aggression, provide strategies for violence prevention, de-escalation and during incident response as well as post incident response strategies that promote the prevention of future incidents. The role of policy, consistent and effective communication and a workplace violence prevention culture will be explored. Interactive learning experiences and discussions will help trainees practice and apply learning.


Fit Testing Train-the Trainer Sessions

March 31, 2023: Fitzgibbon Hospital, Marshall
April 12, 2023: Heisinger Bluffs Western Campus, Jefferson City
April 27, 2023: DHSS Regional Office, Poplar Bluff
April 28, 2023: Cape Girardeau Public Library, Cape Girardeau
May 2, 2023: Comfort Inn and Suites, Macon
May 25, 2023: Maranatha Village Community Center, Springfield

Regional Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the-Trainer sessions are being offered throughout Missouri by the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN), which is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for the state, and the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) Infection Control and Assessment Response (ICAR) Team. The training is to ensure long-term care facilities have qualified staff to provide respirator fit testing. In addition, the attendee can train others in the proper procedures for fit testing. This training is for qualitative testing using a hood and not quantitative testing.

See flyer for information on Fit Testing Training sessions.


RAI Process from Start to Finish

April 4-5, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
August 8-9, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
October 17-18, 2023: In-Seat Workshop
December 5-6, 2023: Live Virtual Workshop

This workshop will look at the RAI process from beginning to end and at each item of the MDS. The MDS is used for both a clinical and a financial assessment and will discuss the rules on scheduling these assessments and meeting the clinical & financial requirements. This includes a basic understanding of PDPM and how it correlates within the RAI process. This workshop reviews how to gain access to and read the MDS reports from CASPER to self-audit your RAI process and look at your QMs. This workshop is designed for the MDS Coordinator and Care Plan Coordinator, or for the DON or ADM who needs a better understanding of the complexity of the RAI Process.


MALA Spring Conference

April 16-18, 2023: Don’t Take a Chance – Bet On MALA
Location: Branson Hilton Landing Hotel and Convention Center

Information including the conference agenda and registration for attending the Missouri Assisted Living Association’s 2023 Spring Conference is now available.


Action Pact’s Conversations with Carmen

This year Carmen Bowman will be hosting and presenting the Back to the Future: Moving Dining Forward series with Linda Bump MPH, RD (Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Action Pact consultant).

April 21, 2023: Are your residents still offered artificial food/supplements?
May 19, 2023: Are your residents still only offered the main meal or the alternate/token choice?
June 16, 2023: Are your residents still offered set meal times?
July 21, 2023: Are your residents still offered institutional meals?
August 18, 2023: Are your residents still not involved in preparing food?
September 15, 2023: Is your dining experience still institutional?
October 20, 2023: Are you still not offering the opportunity for people to help themselves?
November 17, 2023: Are you still not celebrating various ethnicities & incorporating themes into the life of your home starting with food and the dining experience?


Free Four-part Webinar Series: Brain Health and Trauma-Informed Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

April 26, 2023 (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm): People with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability Experiencing Abuse: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Providers
May 10, 2023 (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm): Beyond Silos: Trauma Informed Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This four-part webinar series presented by the HealthMatters Program will focus on brain health and trauma-informed care through conversations with national peer advocate survivors, allies, and healthcare providers. Brain health and trauma resources for people with I/DD will be shared to increase awareness of systems change efforts to eliminate disability bias through culturally relevant healthcare.


Dementia Across the Continuum: Exploring Best Practices in Every Setting

April 28, 2023: Dementia Across the Continuum: Exploring Best Practices in Every Setting
Location: Saint Louis University Campus

The workshop will discuss the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to maximize functional abilities at each dementia stage and include expert presenters from hospital, home, rehab, and long-term care settings. Learners will gain skills for effective communication strategies as well as a structured and organized approach to identify appropriate interventions across dementia care settings.

Speakers include Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn, a Washington University of St. Louis Physician in the Division of Geriatrics and Associate Medical Director at Parc Provence; Dr. Beth Templin, a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist and founder of HouseFit, an innovative outpatient physical therapy company; Dr. Sarah Pease, Occupational Therapist at Memory Care Home Solutions; Amy Sobrino, Social Worker at Memory Care Home Solutions; and insight and advice from people living with dementia and their care partners on best practices.

Course approval applications are being submitted for six hours of continuing education credit for nursing home administrators, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers.


MLN Annual Nursing Home Administrator Conference

May 9-11, 2023: 32nd Annual Nursing Home Administrator Conference
Location: Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, MO

Nursing Home Administrators will be provided with essential information needed to effectively serve long-term care residents and successfully perform their leadership role and job responsibilities.


AADD Conference

May 15-16, 2023: 32nd Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference
Location: St. Charles Convention Center

The Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference has a goal of bringing the aging and developmental disability professionals together to learn about best support models and practices and the most current information on aging with a developmental disability. Through information, education, and networking, participants from across the United States will have a better understanding of both medical care, medical changes and best practices that will help them support people with developmental disabilities with living their best life as well as end-of-life care.


MALA’s ALF Community Based Assessment Training

June 5-7, 2023: 2023 ALF Community Based Assessment Training
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, Columbia

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.


LeadingAge Management Strategies for Workers Compensation in Today’s Long Term Care Environment

June 7, 2023: Day 1 Registration
June 8, 2023: Day 2 Registration
August 9, 2023: Day 1 Registration
August 10, 2023: Day 2 Registration
October 11, 2023: Day 1 Registration
October 12, 2023: Day 2 Registration

Learn the elements of Total Safety Management, a comprehensive behavior-based safety program, to reduce employee injury and minimize workers compensation expense. Learn about claims management and the HCFM workers compensation insurance trust.

Click on the Zoom link above for both days of the desired session to register.


MALA Train the Trainer

July 12, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
September 6, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
November 1, 2023: 2023 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.


The Green House Project 2023 Conference

July 23-26, 2023: Ready to Impact
Location: Pittsburg, PA

It’s official: Green House and Pioneer are coming together for one incredible event.

Everything you’ve come to expect from our conferences — fellowship, education, new ideas, and fun — now with even more leaders, caregivers, visionaries, and supporters from around the country and the world!

The theme of the first annual Center for Innovation Conference, Ready to Impact, reflects the power our organizations have under one banner. Together, let’s make 2023 a year of real change for elders in the United States and around the world, uniting in one voice to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of our work to build something better.