Category: Notable News

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

MAGIC Releases Suggested Influenza Protocols for the 2022-2023 Flu Season

This week the Minnesota Association for Geriatric Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) released suggested protocols for influenza in long-term care for the 2022-2023 flu season. The release includes a letter outlining the basics for influenza control in long-term care settings and a sample Influenza Protocol for Recognition, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prophylaxis for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities.

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Workforce Data Portal – Now Open for the Third Quarter

LeadingAge Minnesota's Workforce Data Portal is open to collect data from the third quarter (July through September). Members can also enter their quarter one and two data and view previous quarters' reports.

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions Available Through LeadingAge MN Foundation

There is still time to sign up for November sessions for Mental Health First Aid training. Spots are limited, so sign up today. The sessions are free for staff of LeadingAge Minnesota members through a partnership between LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and Winona State University.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Workforce Grant Applications Due October 5

Applications for LeadingAge MN Foundation workforce grants are available online and are due by 5pm on Wednesday, Oct.  5. The maximum award per grant is $20,000.

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One Week Left: Transition Temporary Nurse Aides Working Under 1135 Waiver by Oct. 6

Nurse aides hired or who worked during the 1135 waiver have until Oct. 6 to be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.


On June 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) terminated a critical COVID-19 waiver allowing temporary nurse aides to serve seniors without being on the Nursing Assistant Registry. Individuals had four months starting from the end of the blanket waiver to complete the required training and certification. By Oct. 6, caregivers must be on the Nursing Assistant Registry.

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Grow Your Workforce with OnTrack

September is National Workforce Development Month, and one of the most proven member resources to grow your workforce is OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training.

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Technology Grants Available

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the State’s Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing innovative technology-related projects.

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Study Finds Adult Day Closures Linked to Participants’ Cognitive Decline

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that pandemic-related closures of adult day services left older adults and caregivers without critical support. The magnitude of the impact of adult day closures on well-being, particularly among members of racial/ethnic minority groups, has yet to be measured because nationally representative data sets associated with adult day center participation do not yet exist.

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Specialized Equipment and Assistance to Lower Communication Costs Available for Eligible Individuals

Lifeline and the Telephone Assistance Program are two programs that help make communication services more affordable.

Access to affordable phone service, whether landline, wireless, or internet, is essential to help people stay connected. Individuals who qualify can receive a discount on their phone or internet service bill.

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Ladders and Lattices: Grow the Aging Services Workforce Webinar

Join in on an upcoming, free webinar, "Ladders and Lattices: Grow the Aging Services Workforce," on Sept. 28, hosted by our partners at LeadingAge.

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Registration Open for Steps to Excellence Training

Registration is open to register for one of two Steps to Excellence virtual training options:

  1. Oct. 5; 9 a.m. – noon
  2. Oct. 25; 9 a.m. – noon

Select a training option, and we will do the rest to register you.

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Request for Proposals for Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grants

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board, administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), is soliciting applications for grant funding for new and incumbent worker training programs.

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New Resources to Generate Positive Perceptions of Aging Services 

Opening Doors to Aging Services is a national LeadingAge initiative to introduce the aging services sector to millions of Americans and positively shift perceptions of our field.

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Enroll Today! Nursing Program Openings for the Fall Semester

The Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence has created a new Nursing Program Openings webpage to show which colleges and universities around the state of Minnesota have available seats in their nursing programs for the Fall 2022 semester.

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Foundation Golf Tournament Raises More Than $59,000

With workforce pressures reaching unprecedented levels, the 2022 LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Fundraiser helped raise nearly $60,000 to benefit the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation. The golf event was held on Aug. 2 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury.

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What Are Your Five-Minute Self Care Practices?

Our last Self Care for Safe Care topic is Mindfulness and Self Care. Mindfulness is a practice and a way of being present in the moment. Being present in the moment can help you to gather the inner resources you need to take better care of yourself and be more efficient. 

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Want Workforce Insights? Enter Your Q1/Q2 Workforce Data into the Data Portal Today

LeadingAge Minnesota’s exciting new resource, the Workforce Data Portal, is open to collect quarter two data. The Workforce Data Portal will be open through July 31 for users to enter their quarter one and quarter two workforce data.

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Now Available No Cost Mental Health First Aid Course

Free virtual training for Mental Health First Aid certification is available through a partnership between LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and Winona State University. Six new cohorts are starting in late August and into September. Space is limited, so register now.

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Build a CNA Pipeline with OnTrack

LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation's OnTrack, powered by EduCare, is an online hybrid model of nursing assistant training specifically designed for aging services.

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2023 Celebration, Stars Among Us Award Nominations Open

The most amazing people work in our field, and we invite your help to recognize them. LeadingAge Minnesota's Stars Among Us Awards nominations are open for 2023 through Sept. 12.

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