History

LeadingAge Minnesota has proudly served older adult service providers in Minnesota for the past 49 years. What began in 1967 as a segment of the Minnesota Hospital Association has evolved to become one of the nation’s leading organizations on issues of aging.

Key Dates in Association History

1967 Conference on Geriatric Care (CGC) of the Minnesota Hospital Association formed.

1968 CGC affiliates with the American Association of Homes for the Aging (AAHA).

1979 CGC changes name to Minnesota Association of Homes for the Aging (MAHA).

1982 Board adopts resolution to incorporate MAHA as a separate organization from MHA, putting in place a strategic planning process that resulted in 1984 in new articles, bylaws, staff structure and a new partnership with MHA around shared services and assets.

1984 MAHA adopts first strategic plan, including new bylaws and a new membership category for housing; current membership is 186.

1985 Housing Committee formed to structure the new membership category and first housing members join.

1989 MAHA and MHA have separate Presidents, with Gayle Kvenvold named as MAHA President & CEO; MAHA Service Corporation Board holds first meeting.

1992 As MAHA celebrates its 25th Anniversary, membership has grown to approximately 240 nursing homes and 145 housing members.

1993 First state-wide annual education series for LTC Nursing Directors/Leadership Symposium initiated.

1995 Name change to Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance
Adoption of tag line “Promoting excellence and innovation in older adult services.

1998 Become state affiliate for the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).

1999 Aging Services of Minnesota co-founded The Long-Term Care Imperative - a collaborative effort with Care Providers of Minnesota to advance one shared public policy vision for older adult services in Minnesota. The Imperative articulated this early vision in the publication "Principles for Change" and advanced these principles by educating the public, media and Minnesota lawmakers.

2001 Alliance Purchasing first established as a joint venture with CareChoice.

2002 Board of Directors first adopted the Code of Ethics, with implementation to begin immediately with housing-with-services providers.

2003 Establish formal relationship with Minnesota HomeCare Association to provide members with reciprocal benefits.

2004 Alliance Purchasing became wholly owned by MSC.

2005 Confident Choices for Senior Living was created as a statewide quality initiative to tie together elements of our Quality in Action and to signal to consumers they could trust in the services being provided. In 2007 and 2012 the scope of this program was broadened.

2008 Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance changes name and rebrands as Aging Services of Minnesota.

2008 Aging Services of Minnesota Foundation (then known as MHHA Foundation) was incorporated.

2009 MSC changes name to Aging Services Group.

2009 Aging Services Group Insurance Solutions was formed.

2010 Establish formal relationship with Minnesota Adult Day Services Association to provide members with reciprocal benefits.

2010 Our national affiliate, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) changes name and rebrands as LeadingAge.

2011 Launched Value First and management of national group purchasing program.

2011 Aging Services enters into formal partnership agreement with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota to offer the Dementia Care Certificate Program.

2011 Health Support Specialist (HSS) Registered Apprenticeship Program began, offering a new statewide career curriculum in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system as well as an on-the-job apprenticeship program in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Labor.

2013 Won MSAE award for Confident Choices for Senior Living Program.

2014 Graduated the 87th fellow from the Aging Services Leadership Academy.

2014 Aging Services of Minnesota changes name and rebrands as LeadingAge Minnesota.

2015 LeadingAge Minnesota merges with Minnesota Adult Day Association (MADSA).

2016 Received $3 million in grant funding to fund innovative approaches to address workforce shortages and ensure quality care for aging Minnesotans. 

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