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Welcome to the Notable News category, which includes information on the latest issues in aging services.

In Case You Missed It: Assisted Living Licensure Rulemaking Webinar

In December, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) published Proposed Rules and Notice of Hearing in the State Register. This effectively begins the formal public comment period on the proposed rules that will govern licensed assisted living settings after Aug. 1, 2021. This is a significant advocacy opportunity for LeadingAge Minnesota members, as the process invites the public to weigh in on the rules and express support or concerns.

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Minnesota Department of Health Launches Division Director Hiring Process

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now accepting applications for the position of Heath Regulation Division Director. A summary of the role, a list of qualifications and a channel for submitting an application are available through this job posting.

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JOIN US: Learn How You Can Impact the Assisted Living Licensure Rulemaking Process

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) published Proposed Rules and Notice of Hearing in the State Register. This effectively begins the formal public comment period on the proposed rules that will govern licensed assisted living settings after Aug. 1, 2021. This is a significant advocacy opportunity for LeadingAge Minnesota members, as the process invites the public to weigh in on the rules and express support or concerns.

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Policy and Regulatory Considerations to Address Urgent Needs During the Pandemic Recommendations from

Minnesota's Serious Illness Action Network

To address urgent needs in serious illness care during (COVID-19), Stratis Health and Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care (MNHPC) convened a virtual forum in August 2020, resulting in a new report that includes action plans for the pandemic and beyond.

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2020 Leadership Academy Finishes Year as the Elite COVID Cohort

We are proud to announce the 2020 Leadership Academy cohort has completed their program year in the most remarkable of circumstances. In a year like none other, this year’s class of 26 fellows gathered entirely in the virtual world for personal and professional leadership development, concluding with last week’s session on Transformational Leadership.

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Nurse Loan Forgiveness Program Accepting Applications

The Minnesota Health Care Loan Forgiveness program cycle is now open and accepting applications through Jan. 15, 2021. The Loan Forgiveness program is available for various health care professio

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The Mentor’s Voice Launched

LeadingAge National has launched a new podcast called The Mentor’s Voice. This podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and other platforms, provides students and young professionals an opportunity to candidly learn from leaders in the field of aging. The goal is to disseminate wisdom and knowledge to emerging leaders and to inspire and inform their career journey.

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Train Caregivers Fast with Basic Care Aide and Paid Feeding Assistant

Skilled nursing facilities have the ability to train caregivers quickly using the Basic Care Aide and Paid Feeding Assistant programs from EduCare. The expedited training programs are eligible under the current 1135 waiver, allowing you to train Basic Care Aides in just 9 hours and paid feeding assistants within 2 hours. Basic Care Aides are eligible to work in place of traditional nursing assistants.

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Safe Practices for Glove Use: New Video Available

Appropriate use of gloves and hand hygiene practices related to glove use is an important component of effective infection prevention practices and is a practice that is frequently cited during infection control surveys.

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Safe Care for Seniors: Dec. is Hand Hygiene and Glove Month

Join Your Colleagues in Creating Safe Hand Hygiene and Glove Use Habits across our communities. The Living the Pledge Campaign monthly infection prevention campaign is now entering its second full month to help keep residents and fellow team members safe from harm.

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Deadline Approaching for Re-Opened 2021 Institute Call for Presentations

Members interested in submitting one or more proposals for the May 19-21 LeadingAge Minnesota Institute have until 5 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to respond. Proposals can be sent using this link. Questions may be directed to Heidi Simpson at hsimpson@leadingagemn.org. Individuals and companies who submitted proposals in the summer 2020 CFP round have been contacted and asked to make a choice about how they would like their original proposal(s) handled. Copies of original proposal submissions may be requested by contacting Terri Foley tfoley@leadingagemn.org.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Welcomes Luke Jenkins—our New Director of Membership

LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to announce that Luke Jenkins has accepted the position of Director of Membership. Luke comes to LeadingAge Minnesota with almost 10 years of experience in the senior care field, most recently serving as Director of Community Relations and then Corporate Marketing & Sales Consultant with Ebenezer. He has also been active in LeadingAge Minnesota—he is a member of our Stars Among Us Awards Committee, serves as faculty for our Sales & Marketing Certificate Program, and is a Leadership Academy fellow. Luke is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Speech/Communications and a BS in Operations & Supply Chain Management. Luke’s first day is December 3. Please join us in welcoming Luke Jenkins to LeadingAge Minnesota!

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2021 Institute and Expo Call for Presentations Process to Re-Open

Now that the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute and Expo has been officially re-scheduled for May 19-21, 2021, the Call for Presentation (CFP) process has opened back up. Much has happened since this past summer’s deadline and new program ideas may have surfaced. The updated 2021 Institute CFP Application Log-in contains the online submission form and guidelines. The new CFP is open until 5 PM on December 1, 2020. Questions may be directed to Ashley Rogers at arogers@leadingagemn.org or Heidi Simpson at hsimpson@leadingagemn.org.

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LeadingAge MN CEO Gayle Kvenvold Provides Mission Moment at National Conference

At noon tomorrow (11/12), LeadingAge Minnesota CEO Gayle Kvenvold will be featured as part of LeadingAge National’s Annual Conference. Kvenvold was asked to provide a Mission Moment—a personal reflection on our missions of service in these challenging times.

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U of M Seeks Participants for Driving Retirement and Memory Loss Program

A common struggle for family members of older individuals who are beginning to exhibit memory challenges is the discussion regarding stopping driving or “driving retirement.” CarFreeMe is a program for people with memory loss living in Minnesota who are considering retiring from driving or are acclimating to driving retirement. Information is available for anyone interested in participating in the program and study.

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Supporting Family Caregivers

November marks National Family Caregivers Month, which celebrates the often-invisible workforce of family caregivers supporting vulnerable adults living at home. A recent AARP study estimates that nearly 42 million Americans care for family members above the age of 50, an increase of 20% from 2015. Family caregiving is both a gift and a challenge, and like so many things in 2020, the challenges of family caregiving have become more acute due to limited mobility and access to services. 

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MHCEA Conference Registration Now Open

The Minnesota Healthcare Engineers Association (MHCEA) will host its 2020 Fall Conference on December 3-4.  Registration for the conference is now open, with an early-bird rate available until this Friday, Nov. 6.

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Are You Willing to Host a Clinical Experience?

Healthcare programs require clinical experiences for students to complete their education programs. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, fewer sites are partnering with educational institutions to allow clinical experiences in their settings. LeadingAge Minnesota is partnering with educators and other stakeholders to identify provider member locations that are willing to accept healthcare students for clinical experiences. If your site is willing to consider hosting clinical experiences, please complete the following 1-minute survey. We will use the survey information to match clinical sites with education institutions in need of partnership. Contact Jenna Kellerman at jkellerman@eadingagemn.org with any questions. 

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LeadingAge National Virtual Annual Meeting Begins November 10

This November, the LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience will include keynote speakers Dr. Brené Brown, Vernā Myers and Scott Gottlieb addressing how to prepare for the future in the aging services field.

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Share Your Amazing Stories! Stars Among Us Award Nominations are Open

Throughout the months during the pandemic, we have heard some amazing stories about your staff team’s dedication and resilience. We’d love to shine the spotlight on these “COVID Silver Linings” through our annual Stars Among Us Awards.

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