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Action Pact 1-Day Workshop

June 9, 2016:  From Good Sleep to Wellness
Location:  Kansas City, KS

Participants will take an in-depth look at the impact of sleep or lack of sleep on the life of those they serve.  They will consider the causes and contributing factors, identifying those that can be changed and develop plans for addressing them based upon the concepts of high involvement and resident-directed care.

Please see the even details and registration info here.

Conversations with Carmen

April 22, 2016:  Dignity-Based Approach to Incontinence
Guest:  Susan Fry, Retired Culture Change Nurse Leader

Guest Susan Fry will report out on a multisite research study regarding a dignity-based approach to incontinence management. Join us to hear both the change steps and the exciting improved outcomes realized:

  • Disturbing residents less often increases comfort and dignity and respects natural sleep patterns, which improves alertness, appetite and nutrition while reducing confusion.
  • Reducing the risk for falls by supporting residents to sleep naturally through the night without the need to get up to use the bathroom.
  • Higher quality products keep skin dryer and promote skin health.
  • Better leakage protection encourages resident confidence and security.
  • Individualized care respects residents’ dignity and voiding patterns, and improves the level of participation in daily activities.

Please visit the event page here for more information and to register.

MHCA ALF Based Webinar

April 19, 2016:  Quality of Life…It’s What Culture Change is All About

Assisted Living communities have always taken pride in the fact that they are grounded on a social versus a medical model of care. As healthcare has evolved over the past few years, the healthcare needs of AL residents have increased, threatening the social model focus and potentially compromising the focus of the team meeting resident’s quality of life needs. By learning & discussing the 10 Eden Alternative principles, we will explore the fundamentals of how to meet resident and care partners needs in a way that respects individuality and keeps quality of life as the focus.

Please see the attached brochure for details and registration.

MHCA ALF & SNF Based Webinar

April 12, 2016:  Intro to Finance 101

This webinar is designed to give Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facility leaders an introduction into finance in a way that will enable them to understand how their efforts impact the value and profitability of their facilities.

Please see the attached brochure for details and registration.

Celebrate National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 4-10.  Missouri’s theme is “Healthy Missouri 2030: Making Communities Stronger.”

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.

A toolkit for promoting National Public Health Week can be found at  The toolkit includes social media messages, a sample proclamation, a sample news release and a promotional ecard.  Also on this page are two videos created by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  The first video is to help raise awareness about public health.  We encourage you to add a link to (or embed) the video on your webpage and Facebook page.  View the video at  Directions to embed the video on your webpage and Facebook page can also be found on this link.

The second video is a slideshow of public health photos.  The photos were submitted by local health departments across the state.  View the slideshow at

As we celebrate the accomplishments public health has made over the years, we focus on these public health facts:

Additional information can be found at

Please contact Lori Buchanan, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, or 573-751-6060 if you have any questions.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

April 14, 2016:  Educating the Next Generation of Nurses in Person-Directed Care
Presenter:  Christine Mueller, Ph.D., Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing – University of Minnesota

This webinar will provide specific strategies about how to partner with schools of nursing and engage your nursing staff in being guides and mentors for nursing students in providing person-directed care.  Learn how your organization can be a place to foster enthusiasm in nursing students about working in long-term care.

For more information including registration, please visit the Pioneer Network’s event page here.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Shaping Culture through Leadership

A leader’s actions can shape the culture of an organization.  Expectations for excellence, strong mission and values and an accepting, non-punitive philosophy can improve the culture for both staff and residents.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Change Package: Lead with a Purpose, page 5 (PDF)
TMF Recorded Event: No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! (Leadership in QAPI)