UGEC faculty and students frequently present topics relevant for LTSS providers and staff as well as older adults and family caregivers in the community for conferences and University classes. When possible, we share these with our UGEC partners and communities. Please use these for your own knowledge attainment and share with others individually or in groups.
05/20/21 - UGEC Annual Partner Retreat
Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC) hosted an all-day, virtual Annual Retreat on Thursday, May 20th to celebrate the progress of its programs, and to discuss plans for the future. The event kicked-off with a keynote address by Dr. Karen Lindsey Marshall, National Alliance of Caregivers, who spoke about dementia care in LTSS settings, followed by Dr. Mark Supiano's presentation, What's Good for the Heart is Good for the Mind: The SPRINT-MIND Study Results, for the Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO program. In the afternoon, the LTSS Nurse Residency Program had a graduation for the nurse residents, during which there was a poster fair so the nurses could share their QAPI projects.
The recording for the UGEC Annual Retreat can be found HERE.
05/19/21 - Virtual Caregiver Conference, Expressions of Caregiving, Art Show and Panel on Utah Resources for Family Caregivers
Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC) collaborated with the Family Caregiving Collaborative, University of Utah College of Nursing, to host a virtual “Expressions of Caregiving” event for caregivers of people with dementia. This event will also included a keynote address by the internationally renowned artist, Tony Luciani.
Tony Luciani picked up a camera in 2014 to document his aging mom’s struggle with dementia, and it was the imaginative expression of the collaboration that propelled his work internationally. After over forty years as a full-time painter, Luciani, has garnered worldwide attention with this four-year-long photography series. Their voyage of discovery, expressing the benefits of inclusion and participation within a creative medium, has gone beyond the boundaries of recognizing it as just a personal visual diary. The world has noticed, and the outpouring of emotional applause for such an undertaking has transported this creative endeavor into a much broader social awareness.
During this Virtual Caregiver Conference, there was also a Virtual Gallery of Caregivers' Art, and a panel discussion with dementia experts on caregiver resources in Utah.
The recording for the Virtual Caregiver Conference can be found HERE.
02/24/21 - Nursing Student Provisional Licensure: A Unique Opportunity During the Fight Against COVID-19
The Utah Geriatric Education Consortium and Nurse Education, Practice Quality and Retention HRSA funded workforce development programs hosted a webinar on February 24, 2021 for faculty and staff of Utah nursing programs to discuss the Temporary Nurse Apprentice License which allows nursing students who have met certain requirements to apply for an apprentice license to work under the supervision of a RN. The program was put in place to address nursing workforce staffing needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Larry Marx, Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Bureau Manager, provided an update on the Nurse Apprentice License requirements, how to apply, and program successes. Dr. Matt Hansen, Executive Director of the Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah and chair of the Long-term Care Staffing Committee of the Department of Health’s Long-term Care Covid-19 Task Force provided information on other training programs that are being developed in partnership with the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium which will be available to orient new nurses and other staff to long-term services and supports settings.
The webinar and resulting discussion provided three key takeaways:
1. The Temporary Nurse Apprentice License program is successful. To date, 772 nursing students have applied, 633 have current Apprentice Licenses, and 89 finished the 180-day license period and are now working as licensed RNs.
2. There is great interest in collecting data on the program, its successes and challenges. A number of attendees are willing to work together so that nursing programs are collecting similar data that can be aggregated into a state-wide report. There is also interest in collecting outcomes data, including employment, retention and turnover.
3. There is also interest in exploring whether the Nurse Apprentice License program should continue post public health emergency as a permanent program, as other states have implemented, to address ongoing nursing shortages, especially in settings such as long-term care, home health and hospice. A working group was formed to explore these options.
UGEC 2020 Retreat Materials
06/17- Age-Friendly Health Systems and the 4Ms Lecture
Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, Director of Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, joined us to delve into the topic of Age-Friendly Health Systems and the 4Ms. She gave an insightful presentation highlighting what the 4Ms of an Age-Friendly Health System are, what an Action Community is, the role the Northern New England GWEP has played in the Action Community, and how to use billable Medicare visits to help achieve status as an Age-Friendly Health System. She also helped us understand how we can apply the Age-Friendly Health System model to the community setting, not just in a large health system or acute care where it was created. She then answered questions from attendees about her presentation and experience in this field.
06/18- COVID-19 Long-Term Services and Supports Response
Our LTSS partner panelists described the challenges they have faced and continue to face during the time of COVID-19. The panelists also discussed how they have been adapting to the many changes they are required to make during this challenging and unprecedented time. The solutions they have come up with are impressive and we discovered better ways to assist them in their efforts. We also heard about COVID-19 testing from Dr. Bert Lopansri. The session concluded with a conversation between panelists and attendees about COVID-19 and ideas about moving forward during this pandemic.
06/18 - Age-Friendly Long Term Services and Supports ECHO Session & Nurse Residency Program Recognition
We were excited to have our first Age-Friendly LTSS ECHO session during the last session of the retreat! First, Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, Director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, presented on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and the 4Ms. Dr. Flaherty provided a summary of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, of the John A Hartford Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Health Care Improvement, including the 4Ms framework. Dr. Flaherty also shared results of the New Hampshire (NH) Falls Prevention Network Hub, which provides training, program referral, technical assistance, quality assurance, and administrative support for population-based falls prevention programs. After Dr. Flaherty presented, the LTSS ECHO session continued with a case presentation and hub and spoke discussion. To finish off the retreat, each of our amazing Nurse Residents presented their QAPI projects!
4/22/2020- Unique Needs of the LGBTQ+ Population of Older Adults presented by Sky Dean, Fourth Year Medical Student at the University of Utah School of Medicine
3/31/20- "Art with Elders as viewed through the experience of older adult artists" - MS Gerontology Project presented by Lauren Chamberlain, past Graduate Assistant of the UGEC