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Workforce Track of Programs at 2021 Institute

On April 28, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

Workforce shortages were at near crisis levels before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crisis is even more urgent now. The 2021 Institute features a track of 18 educational programs devoted to workforce and supervision.

It’s Not Too Late! Participate in Careers in Aging Week

On April 21, 2021 by Libbie Chapuran

LeadingAge and Argentum, our national partners, are joining the Gerontological Society of America and AHCA/NCAL to promote Careers in Aging Week from April 18-24.

Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce Through Employment-Based Training

On April 14, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

Join the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry on May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon for a free webinar training event about creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce through employment-based training.

HCBS and LALD Grant Applications Due April 6

On March 31, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has confirmed that the Licensed Assisted Living Director (LALD) training program is eligible for funding through the Home and Community Based Scholarship Grant Program. Apply today!

LALD Training Covered by HCBS Scholarship

On March 24, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has confirmed that the Licensed Assisted Living Director (LALD) training program is eligible for funding through the Home and Community Based Scholarship Grant Program. Apply today!

The application deadline has been extended to April 6 at 11:59 p.m. Find the HCBS Scholarship Program details, application, and forms on the MDH website. Grants will run for 24 months, starting on July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023.

HCBS Scholarship Application Webinar - Register Today

On March 10, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. MDH staff who oversee the scholarship program will be offering a webinar on March 17 at 2 p.m. to provide guidance on the application process and program management.

HCBS Scholarship Application Webinar Coming Soon

On March 3, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. You can find the HCBS Scholarship Program details, application, and forms on the MDH website.

HCBS Educational Scholarship Now Open

On February 24, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. You can find the HCBS Scholarship Program details, application, and forms on the MDH website.

The Mentor’s Voice Launched

On December 9, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

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.

Governor Walz Takes Creative Approach to Long-Term Care Staffing Shortages

On November 25, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In recognition of severe staffing shortages facing assisted living providers and nursing homes in Minnesota, the Chief of Staff to Governor Walz yesterday sent a message to 36,000 state employees, asking them to consider volunteering for a potential redeployment to help long-term care residents and facilities at some point in the future. “We could need assistance in communities across the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota,” the message noted. “Facilities could make use of any RNs, LPNs, or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). No prior experience is required. If needed, we will provide CNA training prior to deployment.”

Notice of Vacancies on Key State Boards and Councils

On November 11, 2020 by Lori Meyer

The Minnesota Secretary of State released a notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. LeadingAge Minnesota members are encouraged to apply for and serve in these important public service roles. Vacancies include:

Grow Your Workforce Through Apprenticeship

On November 11, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is hosting a series of events during National Apprenticeship Week. Attend their virtual event “Introduction to Apprenticeship for National Apprenticeship Week” on Friday, November 13 at 10:00 AM to learn about registered apprenticeship as a workforce development model. The event will offer an overview of registered apprenticeship and the benefits of growing and sustaining an innovative workforce through employment-based training. Click here to register for the event using the event password: kaPpjyMH983

CNA Staffing Summit Offers Honest Look at Long Term Care

On October 21, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The CNA Staffing Summit, hosted by The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), offered an unfettered look at the career of nursing assistants and the state of our long term care work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stars Among Us Awards Offer Opportunity to Recognize Staff

On September 30, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

The Stars Among Us Awards have a long tradition of honoring some of the best of the best in our field. This year, more than any other, we want to recognize the tireless essential workers on the front lines

CNA Staffing Summit Announced

On September 30, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care have announced the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to register for the virtual event.

Stars Among Us Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

On September 2, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

The deadline for submitting 2021 Stars Among Us Awards nominations has been extended to January 11, 2021. As mentioned previously in this newsletter

DHS Considering Return to Fingerprint-Based Background Studies

On August 19, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

LeadingAge Minnesota recently learned that Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is proposing to return to fully-compliant, fingerprint-based background studies process sometime in the near future.

Opportunity to Partner for CNA Skills Training

On July 8, 2020 by Julie Apold

Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis is looking for employer partners who are interested in working together to customize a NEW training opportunity to help fill CNA positions within long-term care settings in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Recruiting Displaced Workers

On April 14, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

Several new resources are available to help your organization recruit displaced workers as COVID19 exacerbates the pre-existing workforce crisis.   

MN Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group Focuses on Long-Term Care

On April 8, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group met yesterday, focusing their work on the impact on the long-term care community. LeadingAge Minnesota member Deb Barnes, Executive Director at Lakeview Methodist Health Care, began the hearing with testimony about the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care settings.  

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